AmeriCorps Project Conserve seeks dedicated individuals to fill 32 full-time positions serving critical conservation needs in western North Carolina. Each full-time member will serve 1700 hours from September 1, 2020 through July 31, 2021. The program places members in service with one of 14 host site organizations working to protect the unique natural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountain region.
Members connect people with nature and enhance quality of life through conservation education, volunteer recruitment/coordination, and trail creation/improvement. Members also improve environmental conditions in WNC through activities including habitat restoration, water quality monitoring, and public land and river improvements projects.
Project Conserve strives to foster a culture that celebrates and supports equity, diversity, and inclusion, learning and continuous improvement, and high quality community service. AmeriCorps positions provide unique opportunities for members to develop leadership and professional skills to support their future career goals. Members participate in training and service days up to three days per month with the full Project Conserve team and on an ongoing basis as part of their host site service. Training may cover a broad range of topics including conflict resolution, wilderness first aid and CPR/AED, project planning, non-native invasive species identification, trail construction, volunteer management, and education program development.
Our Host Sites
Asheville GreenWorks, Conserving Carolina, Environmental Quality Institute (EQI), Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mills River Partnership, MountainTrue, Polk County Parks & Recreation, RiverLink, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, The North Carolina Arboretum Society, Town of Lake Lure/Rutherford Outdoor Coalition, Transylvania County Cooperative Extension, and WNC Communities’ Hemlock Restoration Initiative.
• Be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of service
• Fulfill minimum education requirements (See individual service descriptions)
• Be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
• Be available between September 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021 and commit to the full service term
• Consent to a criminal history check and be cleared for service
• Meet additional qualifications and essential functions as listed in the individual service descriptions.
Compensation & Benefits
For full-time (1700 hour) positions in the 2020-2021 program year, members will receive:
• Living stipend of $14,279 over 11-month term of service (paid twice per month, minus taxes)
• Health insurance reimbursement, and childcare assistance (if eligible)
• Education award of $6,195 upon successful completion of the program. This award can be used to pay off existing eligible school loans or apply for future education. See NationalService.gov website for more information about the education award.
• Mentorship, training, and professional development opportunities. Training may include Wilderness First Aid, CPR/AED, Conflict Resolution, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and more.
HOW TO APPLY
Please go to conservingcarolina.org/americorps/ for more information and to apply. Deadline to Apply is May 15, 2020. Conserving Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to individuals with known physical / mental disabilities.
Administered by Conserving Carolina, Project Conserve is an AmeriCorps program supported through grants from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service in the Office of Governor Roy Cooper, from the Corporation for National & Community Service, and the critical support of our host sites and community partners.
View our application instructions at https://conservingcarolina.org/americorps/