From June through September of 2010 I was fortunate enough to be employed by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club as a site caretaker and a trail ridgerunner. My main job function was to educate, promote, and model Leave No Trace ethics. I was also responsible for a 45 mile section of the trail. While ridgerunning I continued to meet and greet hikers while also performing light trail maintenance. From the MATC website: "The Piazza Rock Caretaker is fortunate to encounter all abilities of hikers at this site, and has many opportunities to speak with visiting overnight camps and college orientation groups about the Leave No Trace philosophy. Piazza Rock sits at the base of the majestic Saddleback Mountain Range. The Piazza Rock Caretaker is also responsible for ridge-running across some of the most physically strenuous and visually stunning miles on the Appalachian Trail. The location of the tent platform offers the caretaker a certain degree of privacy and a comfortable, quiet place at the end of the day."
Another aspect of the job is to make illegal firepits disappear