Who We’re Currently Looking For

The American Hiking Society Board of Directors is currently accepting applications to fill 3-4 Board seats with terms commencing January 1, 2022. Interested persons should read “What it Means to be a Board Member” (see below) and then complete and submit the Board Member Nomination Form (and optional cover letter and/or resume). Preference will be given to applications received by August 16. Interviews of qualified candidates will occur in August and/or September, and the Board will make its selections and notify selected candidates in approximately October. 

In fulfilling the 3-4 open Board seats, the Board invites all interested candidates to apply, but is actively looking for and hoping to recruit:

  • Persons with any of the following competencies/skills/interests:
    • Fundraising
    • Connections with Private Foundations
    • Maryland Attorney (licensed)
    • Interested in AHS’s advocacy work and would be interested in serving on the Policy and Advocacy Committee and helping to represent the Board on/at the annual Hike the Hill advocacy fly-in.
  • Persons that identify with any of the following communities:
    • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; particularly persons that identify as any of:
      • Asian American and/or Pacific Islander
      • Indigenous
      • Latinx
    • Persons with disabilities
    • LBGTQIA-2
    • Non-binary and/or trans gender

What it Means to be on the AHS Board

Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national advocacy organization specifically for the hiking community.  Our advocacy focuses on the needs of the hiking community, from championing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in the outdoors to protecting public lands. Our volunteer trail service programs (Volunteer Vacations, Alternative Break, and National Trails Day®) bolster our advocacy through developing lifelong outdoor activists and emerging outdoor leaders. In 2018, AHS launched NextGen Trail Leaders, an activist ambassador program that comprises a group of 18 – 40 year old leaders and social media influencers in outdoor conservation and JEDI.  

Check out the 2021 class of NextGen Trail Leaders.

Check out AHS’s current Advocacy activities.

The AHS Board: The by-laws call for a Board of 10-24 members.  We aim for a diverse board (age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, geography, profession, etc.). Three spaces are reserved for Board members 35 years and younger.

Annual Budget as of 2019 (990 Form): roughly $1,027,162.

Mission:  Empowering all to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience.

Website: https://americanhiking.org 

Twitter/Facebook/Insta: @americanhiking

Board Terms:  3 years (can serve 2 terms)

Board Contributions: Give-or-Get $1,500 annually, plus an equal share of the hard costs for twice-annual in-person board meetings (approximately $200-$400 per year) (up to $300 of the equal share of the meetings hard costs may be counted towards the $1,500 Give-or-Get). For Board Members age 35 and under as of January 1 of each Board-year, the annual Give-or-Get is reduced to $800 annually (but meeting hard costs may not be counted towards a $800 Give-or-Get).  

The obligations of Board members are to:

  1. Attend two in-person Board meetings per year (spring and fall)(pending lifting COVID-19 restrictions) and participate in regularly scheduled all-board video-conference meetings (typically 2 per year in the winter and summer). The fall in-person meeting is in the Washington D.C. metro area, and the spring in-person meeting is usually elsewhere in the country.  
    • For all meetings: Board members are expected to prepare in advance by reviewing read-ahead documents as provided.  
    • For in-person meetings: Board members further are expected to make every effort to arrive in time for the meeting (typically, but not always, beginning late Friday afternoon), and to participate in the group hike/trail service project on the last day (typically Sunday).   
    • The Executive Director and some Staff attend Board meetings.  
  1. Serve on at least two Committees.  
  1. Under the guidance of the Development Committee, Executive Director, and Senior Director for Development, assist with AHS fundraising, beyond the Give-or-Get by, for example:
    • Writing thank you cards to donors 
    • Introducing AHS Staff to potential donors (individuals, foundations, and/or corporations)
    • Promoting AHS online fundraising campaigns using provided social media toolkits, etc.
  1. Follow AHS accounts on all social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for a full understanding of what AHS does and to keep up-to-date; and engage/share/etc. with AHS on those platforms to the extent time/interest/ability allows. 
  2. Participate in AHS sponsored events as much as possible, including National Trails Day, Hike the Hill, State of AHS, and other opportunities.

Interested in just joining a committee for now?

Non-Board Member Committee Member Monetary Contributions: Non-Board Member Committee Members must be an annual AHS member (at any level) or annual donor (of any amount). No additional monetary contribution is expected of Non-Board Members.

The obligations of Non-Board Member Committee Members are to: 

  1. Serve on a Committee: 
    • Owing to the wide geographic diversity of the Board, Committee meetings are held as monthly or bi-monthly video-conferences, as deemed needed by the Committee.  A Staff member is assigned to each Committee.
    • Committee assignments are based on the volunteer’s interest, expertise, and the Board’s need.
    • Non-Board Member Committee Members are full voting members of their assigned Committees.
    • Non-Board Member Committee Members shall have access to their Committees’ cloud-drive folders, but only access to those folders. 
    • Current Committees are listed above.
  1. Annually, execute a Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement.
  1. Follow AHS accounts on all social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for a full understanding of what AHS does and to keep up-to-date; and engage/share/etc. with AHS on those platforms to the extent time/interest/ability allows. 
  1. Participate in AHS sponsored events as much as possible, including National Trails Day, Hike the Hill, State of AHS, and other opportunities.