DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, Essex County Board of Supervisors Chair Shaun Gillilland, and Keene Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson have issued the following joint statement:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Essex County, and the Town of Keene are working together to implement a shuttle pilot system this summer that will explore how shuttles may help manage sustainable visitation along the Route 73 corridor and in the High Peaks. Using the recently completed Volpe study to help guide our planning efforts, we are closely collaborating to develop an effective, safe, and enjoyable system that benefits High Peaks communities and visitors. Some important details remain, including hiring necessary and properly certified shuttle operators and trail stewards, as well as finalizing route information, but we are continuing to collaborate and reach out to our partners to help make the shuttle successful. Qualified individuals interested in the hiring opportunities available can contact the Town of Keene, and additional information will be made available as the shuttle system details are finalized.
Contact the Essex County Personnel Department for information and required qualifications about the positions available: 7551 Court Street, P.O. Box 217, Elizabethtown, New York 12932 Phone: (518) 873-3360 Fax: (518) 873-3372
The Town of Keene is also hiring Front Country Stewards to work with hikers and visitors to the High Peaks. Front Country Stewards are trained to help hikers find appropriate hikes, learn about Leave No Trace, and help manage the Rt 73 shuttle. Weekend hours available. Pay starts at $15/Hour. Please contact the town of Keene at 518-576-4444 or email: [email protected]
The Town of Keene has immediate openings for shuttle bus drivers to operate the town’s hiker shuttle. The shuttle is a 15-person van and it runs from the Marcy Field parking lot to the Garden trailhead. The shuttle operates from 7 am until 7 pm on weekends and holidays through October. Starting pay is $18/hour (negotiable for the right candidate). Candidates must have a valid CDL class B passenger New York State Driver’s License. Please call the Town Hall with questions: 518-576-4444 or email: [email protected]
Photo: Shuttle driver Fran Shumway drove hikers back and forth from the Garden parking lot and Marcy Field during the 2019 summer. Photo by Mike Lynch/Explorer