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Director of Sustainability

Job Details

Remote - Boston, MA
Fully Remote
Full Time
$80,000.00 - $90,000.00 Salary


Founded in 1876, the AMC ( is the oldest conservation, education and recreation organization in the United States. The AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and wise use of the mountains, rivers and trails of the Appalachian region. The AMC encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities, through its membership, programs, policies, and procedures.

The AMC is a diverse organization, operating about 30 public lodging facilities across the Northeast from large front-country lodges to off-the-grid huts and camps. Our 11 chapters range from Maine to Washington, DC, and we offer hundreds of staff- and volunteer-led programs and activities that serve many thousands of participants each year. We also own 100,000 acres of forest land in Maine that generates offset credits from three forest carbon projects and provides sustainably harvested timber to local markets. 


The AMC has long been cognizant of and worked to minimize the environmental impact of our facilities, operations, and activities. In 2019 AMC adopted the goal of becoming “net zero” in greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050, and recently approved the AMC Net Zero Strategic Plan to provide guidance towards reaching this ambitious goal. 


The AMC seeks a knowledgeable, experienced, and highly motivated individual to direct AMC’s efforts to become a more environmentally sustainable organization. 


The role can be remote, but the candidate must be within driving distance of AMC’s lodges and locations for attending meetings, staff gatherings, and other events. 


What you’ll do:

  • Lead collaborative development with relevant departments of short- and long-term action plans to implement the goals and strategies set forth in the strategic plan. 
  • Work with Finance Department to complete the development and implementation of a system for annual tracking and reporting of AMC’s Scopes 1, 2, and some Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Work with Finance and Operations Departments to identify, analyze, and implement projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from AMC’s buildings and vehicle fleet. 
  • Work with Finance and Operations Departments and outside contractors to identify, analyze and implement projects that increase on-site renewable energy generation at AMC facilities. 
  • Work with Finance and Marketing and Communications Departments to implement an online system for selling AMC forest offset credits to members, guests, and the public. 
  • Work with Marketing and Communications Department on outreach and educational materials around net zero, including making presentations on AMC’s net zero initiative to internal and external audiences, and serve as AMC spokesperson for media and other inquiries. 
  • Work with Development Department to identify and secure outside funding for net zero projects. 
  • Work with relevant staff and volunteers to reduce Scope 3 emissions from chapter- and volunteer-led programs and activities. 
  • Work with relevant staff and vendors to identify and implement opportunities to reduce Scope 3 emissions from AMC’s supply chain. 
  • Support the Conservation Policy Department in the development of and advocacy for AMC’s policies in relevant areas; represent the AMC on relevant public policy working groups and in other forums. 
  • Review and update as necessary the strategic plan at three- to five-year intervals. 
  • Identify and assess other actions for increasing AMC’s environmental sustainability. 


What we’re looking for:

  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant discipline. 
  • At least three years of professional experience in organizational or environmental sustainability. 
  • Experience working with and securing federal and state grants 
  • Experience working collaboratively in a matrixed organization 
  • Knowledge of organizational sustainability best practices. 
  • Knowledge of organizational greenhouse gas accounting. 
  • Knowledge of building infrastructure and green building principles. 
  • Knowledge of renewable energy technologies. 
  • Knowledge of carbon offsetting principles and best practices. 
  • Knowledge of project cost-benefit analysis incorporating both financial and emissions reductions considerations. 
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills. 
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability for leadership of a complex long-term and multi-faceted initiative. 
  • A passion for the outdoors and environmental conservation and education. 


Compensation and benefits:

  • Salary Range: $80,000 - $90,000 per year
    • The salary range for this position is contingent on experience, education, skills and geographic differential relevant to the position. Please note that the indicated starting salary range describes the range for an incumbent in this position. New staff members typically start at the beginning of the range percentile to ensure internal salary equity.
  • Group Health Plan: 75% employer paid   
  • Optional Vision Insurance                                   
  • Optional Dental Insurance                      
  • Group Life Insurance: 100% employer paid                      
  • Short Term/Long Term Disability Insurance: 100% employer paid  
  • Matching 403(b): 4% with vesting schedule 
  • Vacation: 4 (four) weeks accrued each year to start 
  • Holidays: 11 (eleven) paid holidays per year 
  • Free use of AMC Destinations (up to 10 nights per year)
  • Free annual AMC membership 
  • ProDeal discounts on equipment and gear 


To Apply:  

Please include a resume and a cover letter. No phone calls please.

AMC welcomes all qualified candidates to apply and we invite the full participation of all individuals currently underrepresented in the outdoor community. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals from racially and/or ethnically diverse communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from LGBTQ+ communities, and individuals who experience intersectionality with one or more of these identities.


The Appalachian Mountain Club has zero tolerance for child abuse or placing children in danger. The AMC requires all employees who work in a program or facility which serves children, disabled persons, or the elderly to have a criminal background record check performed on their name annually with employment contingent upon satisfactory results.