Friday, May 6, 2016

32 full-time positions - apply by 6/1

AmeriCorps Project Conserve

Western North Carolina

Administered by Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Project Conserve is an AmeriCorps program supported through grants from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service and from the Corporation for National & Community Service.The program places members in service with one of 18 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 2016 through July 2017.

Members foster a greater understanding and support for at-risk ecosystems through community outreach and education, volunteer recruitment / coordination and trail creation and improvement, and disaster preparedness training. Members also make direct improvements to at-risk ecosystems through activities including habitat restoration, monitoring and management of conserved lands, water quality monitoring, public land and river improvements, disaster mitigation services, and capacity building projects.

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, disaster mitigation and preparedness, forest management, trail construction, and invasive plant identification.

Project Conserve host sites include:  Appalachian Voices, Asheville GreenWorks, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Environmental Quality Institute (EQI), Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), Hemlock Restoration Initiative of WNC Communities, Organic Growers School, Friends of the WNC Nature Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mills River Partnership, MountainTrue, The North Carolina Arboretum Society, Polk County Office of Agricultural Economic Development, Polk County Recreation Department, RiverLink, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, and the Town of Lake Lure/Rutherford County.

Applicants must:  
  • Have a college degree (Please see individual service descriptions for exceptions)
  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Be available between September 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017 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.
Compensation:  Members earn a living stipend of $12,530 over the 11-month term of service.  Upon successful completion of the program, each member will also receive an education award of $5,775. 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).

To Apply:  Please see for detailed service descriptions for each position and the application form / instructions.  Application deadline is June 1, 2016. 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.