AmeriCorps Project Conserve seeks dedicated individuals to fill 34 full-time positions serving critical conservation needs of western North Carolina. The program places members in service with one of 19 host site organizations working to protect the unique natural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountain region. Each member will serve 1700 hours during an 11 month term, from September 2017 through July 2018.
Members connect people with nature and enhance quality of life through conservation education, volunteer recruitment/coordination, trail creation/improvement, and disaster preparedness training. Members improve environmental conditions in WNC through activities including habitat restoration, monitoring and management of conserved lands, water quality monitoring, and public land and river improvements projects.
Project Conserve positions provide unique opportunities for members to develop leadership and professional skills to support their future career goals. In addition to serving on individual projects outlined by Project Conserve host sites, members participate in required trainings and service days up to three days per month with the full Project Conserve team. Trainings may cover a broad range of topics including conflict resolution, wilderness first aid and CPR/AED, project planning and management, non-native invasive species identification, trail construction, volunteer management, and environmental education program development training.
Administered by Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, 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, and from the Corporation for National & Community Service.
Project Conserve Host Sites
Appalachian Voices, Asheville GreenWorks, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, EcoForesters, Environmental Quality Institute (EQI), Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), WNC Communities’ Hemlock Restoration Initiative, Organic Growers School, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mills River Partnership, MountainTrue, The North Carolina Arboretum Society, Pacolet Area Conservancy, Polk County Office of Agricultural Economic Development, Polk County Parks and Recreation Department, RiverLink, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, and the Town of Lake Lure/Rutherford County.
- Be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of service
- Fulfill minimum education requirements (Please see individual service descriptions)
- Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
- Be available between September 5, 2017 and July 31, 2018 and commit to full-time service
- Consent to a criminal history check and be cleared for service
- Meet additional qualifications and essential functions listed in the individual service descriptions.
Members earn a living stipend of $13,470 over the 11-month term of service. Upon successful completion of the program, each member will also receive an education award of $5,815. This award can be used to pay off existing school loans or to apply to future education. Other benefits include health insurance reimbursement and childcare assistance (if needed).
Please see www.americorpsprojectconserve.org for detailed service descriptions for each position and the application form / instructions. Application deadline is May 31, 2017. Please contact Amy Stout, AmeriCorps Project Conserve Program Director, with any questions at (828) 697-5777, ext. 217 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. AmeriCorps Project Conserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to individuals with known physical / mental disabilities.