Director of Research

New Hampshire
AMC offers a professionally competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience.
Apr 30, 2018
Jun 29, 2018
Organization Type
Non-Profit and Associations

Position: Director of Research, Appalachian Mountain Club

Location:  AMC’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire

Supervisor: Vice President for Conservation

Summary: The Appalachian Mountain Club seeks an experienced, visionary, and hands-on ecologist to lead AMC’s Research Department.  AMC’s research and science-based policy analyses support the organization’s mission to “promote the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America's Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.”

The Director of Research will 1) conduct applied research relevant to AMC’s mission, 2) direct the department’s engagement in a broad range of on-going analyses and public policy issues, and 3) provide vision in developing new research approaches in response to emerging issues, including but not limited to the interrelated issues of climate change, energy infrastructure, and open space conservation.

Background: Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Boston, MA, AMC is the oldest conservation and recreation organization in the country, with more than 200,000 members, supporters, and advocates from Maine to Washington, DC.  AMC has 170 fulltime staff with offices in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and Pennsylvania.  Our conservation research and policy advocacy are fundamental to accomplishing AMC’s mission.  AMC also operates numerous recreational facilities from Maine to New Jersey, all of which are open to the public, and owns and manages about 75,000 acres of forestland in Maine.  AMC offers outdoor education and leadership training programs for youth and adults, maintains over 1800 miles of trail including the Appalachian Trail in five states, and runs over 6000 outdoor trips each year primarily led by volunteers. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead the research staff in close collaboration with other conservation department directors (Policy and Trails) and the organization as a whole.
  • Departmental administration including personnel, budgeting, and adherence to AMC policies.
  • Develop, acquire funding for, and implement research projects in conjunction with AMC’s research and development staff and outside partners.
  • Provide knowledge and guidance to the development of scientifically-credible AMC policies and positions to advance the mission.
  • Represent AMC in relevant public policy debates; technical working groups; legislative, regulatory, and permitting processes; and coalitions and partnerships.
  • Personify AMC’s scientific credibility to internal and external audiences, including board of directors, advisors, donors, members and volunteers, media, policy makers and other public officials, partner organizations, and the scientific community.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • PhD in relevant field of environmental sciences, or MS with a minimum of 8 years post-graduate employment in environmental/ecological sciences
  • Managerial experience of a team with a variety of disciplines across the environmental and conservation fields
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Proven success in developing and implementing grant-fundable research projects.
  • Ability to make scientific concepts and information understandable to non-experts.
  • Interest in and ability to apply expertise to a wide range of natural resource policy and land management issues.
  • Stature, experience, and desire to represent AMC in public policy debates, technical working groups, and other multi-stakeholder forums.
  • Ability to work productively with coalitions and partners.
  • Valid driver’s license and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends, as well as a willingness to travel as needed.
  • Ability to travel safely in the backcountry.

Starting Date:  The target starting date is late summer 2018. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Compensation: AMC offers a professionally competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Please apply via the link below and include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

The AMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace. The AMC encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities, through its membership, programs, policies, and procedures. Our goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting, and accessible for people of any age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. 

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.

For Further Information Contact:

Susan Arnold, Vice President for Conservation