AmeriCorps Project Conserve seeks dedicated individuals to fill 32 full-time positions, and 3 half-time positions serving critical conservation needs in western North Carolina. Each full-time member will serve 1700 hours and each half-time member will serve 900 hours during an 11 month term, from September 2018 through July 2019. 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.
Members connect people with nature and enhance quality of life through conservation education, volunteer recruitment/coordination, and trail creation/improvement. Members improve environmental conditions in WNC through activities including habitat restoration, 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 host sites, members participate in 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, non-native invasive species identification, trail construction, volunteer management, and education program development training.
Project Conserve Host Sites
Appalachian Voices, Asheville GreenWorks, Conserving Carolina, Environmental Quality Institute (EQI), Foothills Conservancy of NC, Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), WNC Communities’ Hemlock Restoration Initiative, Organic Growers School, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mills River Partnership, Mountain Roots, Mountain Sun Community School, MountainTrue, The North Carolina Arboretum Society, 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.
Full-time (1700-hour) members earn a living stipend of $13,732 over the 11-month term of service. Upon successful completion of the program, each member will also receive an education award of $5,920. 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).
Half-time (900-hour) members earn a living stipend of $7,270 over the 11-month term. Upon successful completion of the program, each member will also receive an education award of $2,960. This award can be used to pay off existing school loans or to apply to future education.
Please go to conservingcarolina.org/americorps/project-conserve for compensation information, service descriptions for each position, and to apply. Deadline to Apply is May 25, 2018. Contact Amy Stout 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.
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.