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Appalachian Voices brings people together to protect the land, air, water and communities of central and southern Appalachia. We empower people to defend our region’s rich natural and cultural heritage by providing them with tools and strategies for successful grassroots campaigns.

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  • Communications Outreach Associate (Download PDF)
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    • The Communications Outreach Associate at Appalachian Voices will focus on educating the public about regional environmental issues through journalistic writing and direct outreach. The member will serve as the Associate Editor of our bi-monthly newspaper, The Appalachian Voice, and host in-person and web-based educational events designed to inspire others to care for the Appalachian mountains. Applicants should be passionate about writing, editing, public speaking and environmental issues in Appalachia.

  • Education Outreach Associate (Download PDF)
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    • The Outreach and Education Associate serves as a communications outreach and education specialistwith our Red, White and Water and our Energy Savings programs in North Carolina to educate and provide resources to citizens who have a stake in protecting their local waterways from coal pollution and advancing energy efficiency efforts in their community.

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  • Volunteer Coordinator/Education Outreach (Download PDF)
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    • Engaging community groups, business, colleges, schools, & churches and organizing projects ranging
      from river cleanups, water monitoring, litter cleanups, native tree plantings, neighborhood projects &
      community gardens. Scheduling outdoor events, tabling, signing up new volunteers and members.
      Working to arrange school group outings and fun events. And most importantly, coming home each day
      tired, sore, dirty, but satisfied that you made a positive difference that will felt by many generations to
      come.

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture is dedicated to strengthening the High Country's local food system by supporting women and their families with resources, education, and skills related to sustainable food and agriculture.

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  • Program Coordinator (Download PDF)
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    • AmeriCorps Program Coordinator will work closely with the leadership and constituents of theorganization to plan, implement, and evaluate our annual High Country Farm Tour, Sustainable Foodand Agriculture Grant program, Educational Workshops, and Women in Agriculture gatherings andpotlucks. The Coordinator will also build and maintain partnerships with collaborators to develop and deliver programming and events focused on strengthening the High Country's food system.

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy partners with landowners and organizations to protect land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life. Dedicated to saving the places you love, CMLC works to permanently conserve and actively care for an ever-growing, regional network of locally and nationally significant farm, forest, park and natural lands in Henderson, Transylvania and surrounding counties with emphasis on the Blue Ridge Mountains, Hickory Nut Gorge and French Broad River watershed.

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  • Trails Associate (Download PDF)
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    • Trails Associate will assist in the advancement of public outdoor recreation trails on land conserved and/or managed by CMLC or its partners. Member will construct, maintain, plan, and promote publicly-accessible trails in CMLC's service region in coordination with staff, volunteers, and project partners and landowners. Member will participate in conservation projects that involve the creation, restoration, or protection of publically accessible waters and trails.

  • Outreach Associate (Download PDF)
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    • CMLC Outreach Associate will raise awareness and increase visibility of CMLC’s conservation efforts and the importance of land and water conservation among its supporters, the community, and region. Member will develop and implement educational conservation opportunities including guided hikes, presentations and lectures, print and online materials, and community events. Member will seek to involve all members of the community and strive to educate about and demonstrate the relevancy of CMLC's land and water conservation efforts, natural resource protection, and public recreation initiatives.

  • Stewardship Associate (Download PDF)
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    • The primary responsibility of the the Stewardship Associate will be to support CMLC's stewardship staff in monitoring conservation easements, providing management recommendations to landowners and helping implement management and restoration work on CMLC's nature preserves. Other opportunitites in land protection and stewardship will be offered throughout the year depending on the interests of the member and the opportunities that arise.

  • Volunteer Program Associate (Download PDF)
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    • The Volunteer Program Associate serves to connect the time and talent of our local community with our mission through creating and facilitating volunteer opportunities inside and outside the office. The member will provide regular volunteer orientation sessions, plan and lead volunteer workdays, maintain consistent communication with volunteers through personal interaction, web-updates, email, etc., and oversee CMLC's volunteer appreciation through our newsletter, annual volunteer event, etc. This
      position with CMLC will work across departments, helping to engage volunteers in oppportunites in all areas of the land trust.

  • Hickory Nut Gorge Steward (Download PDF)
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    • The Project Conserve member will serve as a steward and representative in the Hickory Nut Gorge, managing habitat on public and private properties, with the unique opportunity to influence the success of the newly developed Weed Action Coaltion of Hickory Nut Gorge, and to determine the ultimate preservation of the gorge's significant biological diversity. Core activities include supervising invasive species removal, restoring habitat, and conducting community outreach and education about habitat management. The position is hosted within WACHNG office in Hickory Nut Gorge under the direction of the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.

ECO preserves the natural heritage of the mountain region as an effective voice for the environment through focusing on green infrastructure, water quality, energy conservation/renewable energy and recycling.

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  • Water Quality Administrator (Download PDF)
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    • This position encompasses many facets: working with volunteers on many levels (recruiting, training, mentoring, organizing); learning and understanding meaningful ways to connect applied science to community needs at the local level; evaluating, designing, and implementing impactful programming for the betterment of the community and environment; and collaborating with all types of groups, from government agencies to civic organizations, school groups, other nonprofits, and community groups. The member is in charge of communications with the Water Quality Committee, administers resources for all WQ-focused (5) programs, and connects with the broader communtiy to solve water quality challenges.

EQI is a research institute that provides objective scientific analyses to help communities, government agencies, and nonprofits understand complex environmental issues.

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  • Volunteer Coordinator (Download PDF)
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    • EQI conducts volunteer chemical and biological stream monitoring WNC to gather data on regional water quality. The Volunteer Coordinator will recruit and manage volunteers and communicate with citizens and organizational partners through online and print media, meetings, and presentations. This position will assist EQI by growing the volunteer base, supporting the collection of reliable environmental data, and disseminating the results to the broader public.

The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center provides facilities and focus for education, recreation, and preservation in nature studies and equestrian activities with the aim of embracing these endeavors to enrich the quality of life for the community.

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  • Education Assistant (Download PDF)
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    • -member will deliver nature and science educational programs to K4-12 grade in NC, lead nature and science related summer day camps, and help enlighten a wide variety of people on the importance of preservation and conservation.

       

       

Forest Stewards enhances the future ecological, economic, and social benefits of our forests through providing forest stewardship services to landowners and educating the next generation of forest management professionals.

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  • Outreach and Restoration Forester (Download PDF)
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    • Service member will assist in educating landowners in the southern Appalachians through forest stewardship planning, most notably assisting with a forest management plan covering 49,000 acres for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Member will also assist landowners with the implementation of existing forest stewardship plans in the form of controlled burning, invasive species control, and trail maintenance and construction. Member will assist in developing forest carbon offset projects for landowners under the California cap and trade legislation. Through all aspects of work, education ofthe general public, landowners, students, and student interns will be integral.

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness and providing volunteers for needed projects.

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  • Outreach Assistant (Download PDF)
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    • Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a national example of the benefits of land conservation. The service member will educate the public about the benefits the Park offers (enjoyment of the outdoors, protection of natural and historic resources, economic development) and the stewardship needs of half a million acres, thereby increasing awareness and support of land conservation efforts. The service member will build and promote support of the Smokies through monthly hikes, specialty license plates, and tabling through coordinated press releases, social media, and other targeted outreach
      methods.

The Friends of the Western North Carolina Nature Center creates awareness and provides financial resources, through fundraising and events, in support of the Nature Center - Asheville's Wildlife Park.

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  • Volunteer and Education Associate (Download PDF)
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    • AmeriCorps member will provide volunteer coordination for the Friends and the Nature Center and will assist with education programs and outreach at or on behalf of the Nature Center and Friends. By building/managing the volunteer program and by adding to the educational capacity of the Friends and Center, the member will support the Center’s mission and expand the reach and impact of the Center. The position is unique in that the member will be trained to handle animals used in education programs.

The mission of the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center in Great Smoky MountainsNational Park is to increase the amount and effectiveness of research that meet management needs
while increasing public access to and understanding and appreciation of these research activities.

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  • Citizen Science Assistant (Download PDF)
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    • The Citizen Science Assistant position in Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a diverse set of opportunities for someone interested in educating the public about the scientific process by involving them in real research. Research studies cover a wide array of topics including effects of acid deposition on salamanders, lichens, soils, streams and snails; monitoring of ground level ozone effects on sensitive plants and monitoring for the impacts of climate change on park resources. Audiences include all ages but with a special focus on middle and high school aged children and community volunteers.

The purpose of this position is to bolster the activities of Green Opportunities' (GO's) youth engagement and green job training programs by engaging in outreach/communications, planning, volunteer
recruitment, and education in low-wealth underserved communities in Asheville, NC. The position will work with multiple teams/programs to help coordinate staff and volunteer activities and build cohesive resource-sharing systems.

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  • GO-Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator (Download PDF)
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    • The purpose of this position is to bolster the activities of Green Opportunities' (GO's) youth engagement and green job training programs by engaging in outreach/communications, planning, volunteer recruitment, and education in low-wealth underserved communities in Asheville, NC. The position will work with multiple teams/programs to help coordinate staff and volunteer activities and build cohesive resource-sharing systems.

  • Go- Training Associate (Download PDF)
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    • The purpose of the Training Associate position is to support Green Opportunities' training program for individuals with barriers to employment. The member will be involved in recruitment of potential trainees and support for trainees while enrolled in GO's training program. The position offers the AmeriCorps member the unique chance to help further GO's goal of creating a socially and environmentally just economy in Asheville. The Training Associate will assist trainers with delivering the Roots of Success curriculum, hands on training projects, and assist students with individual goals outlined in their Education and Employment Plans. The Associate will also help plan and execute information sessions and graduate engagement educational activities.

Green River Preserve is a summer camp where a community of bright, curious and creative children and talented staff connect with the joy and wonder of nature.

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  • Environmental Outreach Associate (Download PDF)
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    • Green River Preserve: member will initiate a water quality monitoring program, further develop the sustainable agriculture farm-to-table project, and educate people in the surrounding area about Green River Preserve and its mission through hikes, outreach activities, and teaching opportunities.


The Office of Agricultural Economic Development promotes agricultural values and the general welfare of the county by increasing identity and pride in the agricultural community and its way of life, encouraging the economic and financial health of agriculture, and increasing protection from non-farm development and other negative impacts on properly managed farms.

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  • Agricultural Outreach Coordinator (Download PDF)
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    • The broader purpose for the outreach position in Polk County is to bring about preservation of our valuable farmlands that is sustainable for future generations. Members will engage the community to educate as to the importance of viable farm lands that support our food systems and our rural, Appalachian heritage.  The Polk County host site offers a broad spectrum of opportunities to learn how a community operates as a whole to support its citizens economically, socially, educationally and sustainably.  Come be at the forefront of the local food movement!

       

RiverLink is a regional non-profit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a place to live, work and play.

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  • Assistant Volunteer Coordinator (Download PDF)
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    • The Assistant Volunteer Coordinator will support RiverLink’s volunteer program conducting volunteer outreach and coordination, outreach via social media, leading volunteer efforts, helping with special events, and set up and staffing booths at events.

  • Education Coordinator (Download PDF)
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    • Primary duties of the Watershed Education Coordinator (WEC) will consist of environmental education and outreach for the public. This will involve developing lessons for school groups, field trips for water quality lessons in the creek (project WET and other curriculum) and the use of interactive technology to facilitate learning. There will also be lessons and training outside of the classroom and beyond the academic school year, an art & poetry contest and month long exhibit, and a summer camp. This position allows the coordinator the opportunity to reach children and adults with a message based on water quality and community development issues.  Several of our programs are offered in Spanish.We are reaching out to the next generation of citizens who will be the leaders of tomorrow. Our Education coordinator this year and last year interacted with NC Poet Lauriat and others who excell in their fields through our  Art & Poetry Contest which is exhibited at AB Tech for over one month.

       

  • Assistant Watershed Resources Coordinator (Download PDF)
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    • The Assistant Watershed Resources Coordinator work directly with the RiverLink's Watershed Resources Manager to improve water quality in the French Broad River Watershed. This is accomplished through grant funded projects, educating the community about water quality issues, conservation of riparian and steep slope areas, and building stewardship through our projects and the French Broad River Paddle Trail. In this position you will assist in approved grant writing, community outreach and design and implementation of water quality improvement projects. 

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy conserves the unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, and scenic beauty of the mountains of western NC and eastern TN for the benefit of present and future generations by forging and maintaining long-term conservation relationships with private landowners, owning and managing land and encouraging strong, healthy, local communities.

Positions
  • Land Protection and Education Associate (Download PDF)
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    • This position will provide support to the Land Protection Director and Farmland Program Director to respond to new landowner inquiries, educate landowners about their conservation options, analyze land projects with SAHC staff, and work with landowners and staff to pursue conservation projects that satisfy SAHC's project selection criteria. This position will will also provide the member with experience in strategic planning and conducting land conservation transactions for both agricultural and nonagricultural projects. Upon completion of a conservation project, the Associate will coordinate neighborhood events to celebrate the conservation success and help educate the community about land conservation opportunities.

  • Education and Volunteer Outreach Coordinator (Download PDF)
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    • The member will be instrumental in recruiting and managing volunteers for at-risk ecosystem improvement on SAHC properties, enhance SAHC's outreach program by expanding educational outreach opportunities with partnering organizations and businesses by recruiting volunteers, planning and organizing 24-30 hike and educational outings, and educating the community about the importance and necessity of our land conservation program. The position will enable the Associate to build initiative and strategic experience in developing public educational programs with our community farm and food project.

  • Stewardship and Volunteer Associate (Download PDF)
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    • The Stewardship & Volunteer Associate (2 positions) will assist the Stewardship & Conservation Planning Director with our annual monitoring visits for conservation easements; educate our conservation easement landowners about natural resource management and best management practices; recruit and manage volunteers to help actively manage the properties that the organization owns; create land management plans and conservation easement baseline documentation reports; and help maintain positive relationships with landowners. In addition, it is SAHC’s goal to provide the Associate with professional development and networking opportunities.

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

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  • Stewardship Associate (Download PDF)
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    • The member in this position will participate in prescribed burns, develop and manage volunteer activities including workdays at TNC's Southern Blue Ridge preserves, help coordinate mountain bog restoration work, lead efforts to combat invasives on public lands, support TNC's role in the Grandfather Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project, assist with conservation easement monitoring visits across western North Carolina, and maintain positive relationships with landowners.

The North Carolina Arboretum cultivates connections between people and plants through creative expressions of landscape stewardship, including conservation, education, garden demonstration, research and economic development; Youth Education at The North Carolina Arboretum delivers educational experiences that create a purposeful, engaging and experiential approach to science and outdoor education, providing every student with adventure, exploration, and awareness that will aid in shaping their personal and professional life.

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  • Citizen Science Education Assistant (Download PDF)
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    • The purpose of this position will be to assist with citizen science education efforts at The North CarolinaArboretum by educating students of various ages and backgrounds; collecting, recording, analyzing, and reporting data for ongoing projects at The Arboretum; and recruiting volunteers for citizen science monitoring in the Asheville area.

Lake Lure is a community that has a harmonious balance of the interests of our citizens, businesses and visitors achieved through managed growth, fiscal responsibility, open communication, and stewardship of our natural beauty and environment.

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  • Trail Stewardship Coordinator (Download PDF)
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    • Member will maintain and enhance a comprehensive trail stewardship program for existing and planned trails in Rutherford County and Hickory Nut Gorge to ensure the long-term maintenance needs of these trails are met and done so in a way that engages the users and standards are established and met.

      Rutherford County and Hickory Nut Gorge have a conservative mileage estimate for both planned land and water trails of over 150 miles. The AmeriCorps member will continue the coordinated efforts to assure long-term survival of these trails through community education and involvement by developing and implementing the comprehensive volunteer trail maintenance program for all existing and planned trails in Rutherford County and Hickory Nut Gorge. The member will also continue recruiting volunteersfor the maintenance programs and plan trail maintenance, construction, and educational programs involving community members.

WNCA empowers citizens to be advocates for livable communities and the natural environment of western NC.

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  • French Broad Assistant Riverkeeper (Download PDF)
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    • The French Broad Riverkeeper Assistant will work with the French Broad Riverkeeper to protect and improve the water quality in the French Broad River watershed by engaging in water sampling, education, direct conservation, and volunteer recruitment.

  • Forest Keeper Coordinator (Download PDF)
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    • Forest Keepers are citizens that love their public lands and take an active role in their stewardship and management to help protect and restore these precious forests in a time of declining government funding. The Forest Keeper Coordinator will work with a group of dedicated Forest Keepers to schedule service learning events, organize stewardship activities, archive data, and facilitate citizen involvement in land management in the biologically and culturally rich Southern Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Outings and Education Coordinator (Download PDF)
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    • The Outings and Education Coordinator will work to engage citizens in environmental protection in Western North Carolina through outings such as hikes and paddle trips, outreach, and environmental education in both schools and the community. The Coordinator will also host a variety of educational events including the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and Asheville’s weekly Green Drinks’ programs.