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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.

  • The Community Field Outreach Associate (Download PDF)
    • The Community Field Outreach Associate will provide education and outreach to frontline community members and the general public regarding the impacts of pollution on the environment and better energy solutions to reduce those impacts. The primary focus is education of groups and individuals. This position will plan a variety of organized workshops, webinars and outreach events. Particular focus will be reaching out to under-represented, marginalized and impacted communities.This position will be responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers, creating print and digitial materials for education and marketing, and assisting in development of volunteer outreach and management strategy for distribution of The Voice, Appalachian Voices news periodical.

  • Energy Savings Outreach Associate (Download PDF)
    • The Energy Savings Outreach Associate will plan, organize, manage and conduct community education and outreach activities in rural Appalachian communities in western North Carolina - communities served by rural electric cooperatives. Such activities will include and/or require: group and individual education and outreach (including providing presentations and workshops); planning and managing outreach activities in our respective target communities; volunteer outreach and management; development and distribution of print and digital materials; publishing relevant blogs and newsletters; and, managing other social media activities that support and promote the campaign. The overall purpose of such activities will be to expand awareness and understanding of the need for and benefits of residential energy efficiency improvements and to generate awareness of “on-bill” energy efficiency finance programs to be developed by rural electric cooperatives in western North Carolina. 

Asheville GreenWorks is a volunteer-based, environmental organization working to enhance the environment and quality of life for citizens in Asheville and Buncombe County through community based volunteer projects and environmental educational programs.

  • Volunteer Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • Manage approximately 3,000 volunteers yearly through over 200 environmentally based projects ranging from river to roadside cleanups, invasive plant removals to native tree plantings, to maintaining community fruit orchards and community gardens. In the summer months, you could be running a creek cleanup with some 4th graders that morning, lunch in a kayak scouting waterways, creating new projects that afternoon and meeting with contemporaries on environmental issues by the evening.

  • Clean Communities Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • Engage communities, groups and individuals on issues surrounding water quality, erosion, pollution and waste. Manage and expand the French Broad River pollution prevention program. Educate the public on water quality best practices and issues encompassing pollution. Spearhead restorative efforts on local waterways through live staking and remediation. Support Asheville GreenWorks Community Engagement Coordinator to create the next generation of environmentalists through the Youth Environmental Leadership Program. Relieve local rivers and streams of over thousand tires and 22,000 lbs of trash yearly.

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.

  • Program Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • The Program Coordinator will develop and organize the Homegrown workshop series, develop Pot Luck Gatherings with relevant trainings, recruit, train and work with atleast two Interns during each semester who will assist with Program development and implementation, and wil be responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers for all of our programs. Programs include the High Country Farm Tour, workshops, long and short-term projects, as well as community events we collaborate on.

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is dedicated to protecting and stewarding land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life and to fostering appreciation and understanding of the natural world.

  • Trails Associate (Download PDF)
    • CMLC 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, steward & maintain, plan, and promote publicly-accessible trails in CMLC's service region in coordination with staff, volunteers, project partners, and landowners.

  • Community Outreach & Education Associate (Download PDF)
    • CMLC Outreach & Education Associate will raise awareness and increase visibility of CMLC’s conservation efforts and the importance of land and water conservation among its supporters, and all members of the community, and region. Member will develop and implement opportunities for conservation education including guided hikes, presentations and lectures, print and online information and media, and community events. This position will strive to improve public exposure of CMLC and its conservation mission as well as enable it to be better understood and more available and tangible to the entire community.

  • Stewardship Associate (Download PDF)
    • The AmeriCorps Stewardship Associate will assist CMLC's stewardship staff in managing and restoring the Conservancy's properties. The member will work independently on projects and also partner with the AmeriCorps Volunteer & Community Engagement Associate to conduct volunteer workdays for tasks such as pollinator meadow plantings, and stream restoration. The member may periodically accompany stewardship staff on conservation easement monitoring and help provide sustainable land management education and information to easement landowners.

  • Volunteer & Community Engagement Associate (Download PDF)
    • The Volunteer & Community Engagement Associate will involve community members in Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy's work through hands-on volunteer opportunities. Volunteer opportunities may include administrative and office tasks, coordinating and putting on special events, educational programs, habitat restoration projects involving invasive plant removal and native plantings, the Trails Crew, and/or Adopt-a-Preserve crews. The position serves to guide continuous improvement to CMLC’s volunteer program. The AmeriCorps member will also play a role in helping to define and carry out new community engagement initiatives within the scope of CMLC’s strategic plan.

  • Habitat Restoration Associate (Download PDF)
    • The AmeriCorps Habitat Restoration Associate will assist CMLC staff with managing habitat on publicly accessible properties. The member will coordinate volunteer workdays to treat invasive species and conduct community outreach and education about invasives species and habitat management.

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

  • Volunteer Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • EQI conducts volunteer chemical and biological stream monitoring in 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, presentations, and outreach events. 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 position will also include participation in a wide variety of adult and youth educational events to increase the public’s understanding of stream ecology and local water quality.

FENCE is a non-profit organization dedicated to serve as a community resource for the preservation of green space and for educational and recreational opportunities linking nature, animals, and people.

  • Environmental Education Associate (Download PDF)
    • The Environmental Education Associate will be responsible for developing and delivering nature and science based lessons to students, typically K-5, both in school settings and in the field at FENCE. The Environmental Education Associate will also assist in our five weeks of summer camp, helping to coordintate and organize educational activities, as well as locating and scheduling guest speakers. This position will also be tasked with coordinating and training volunteers/interns needed to help with educational programs such as in school programs, field trips, and summer camp.

The mission of the Friends of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, a not-for-profit organization, is to create awareness and provide financial resources, through fundraising and events, in support of the Western North Carolina Nature Center.  The Nature Center's mission is to connect people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity.

  • Volunteer & Education Associate (Download PDF)
    • The Volunteer & Education Associate will provide volunteer coordination for the Friends and Nature Center and will provide and 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 Associate will support the Center’s mission and expand the reach and impact of the Center.

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, understanding and appreciation of these research activities.

  • Citizen Science Assistant (Download PDF)
    • 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 Hemlock Restoration Initiative’s mission is to work with a variety of partners and existing programs to restore hemlocks to long-term health throughout North Carolina and ensure that eastern and Carolina hemlocks can resist hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and survive to maturity on North Carolina’s public and private lands. The Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) is a grant-funded program, managed by WNC Communities. WNC Communities is dedicated to providing a unique forum for leaders in the mountain region of Western North Carolina to convene, collaborate and carry out innovative programs to improve the quality of life for rural communities and to enhance the economy of the agriculture sector.

  • HRI Outreach & Volunteer Engagement Associate (Download PDF)
    • The HRI Outreach and Volunteer Engagement Associate will assist the HRI Coordinator to increase the capacity of the Hemlock Restoration Initiative to reach a larger audience, to educate, engage and empower more community members and groups to participate in hemlock conservation, and to increase the number of eastern and Carolina hemlock trees currently receiving protection from Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA).

The Mills River Partnership (MRP) is a small non-profit with the mission to coordinate resources to monitor, preserve, protect, and improve water quality in the Mills River through voluntary participation of stakeholders.  The Mills River watershed is home to 1,500+ residents, and is the supply of drinking water for approximately 100,000+ users in Henderson and Buncombe counties. 

  • Watershed Outreach Associate (Download PDF)
    • The Watershed Outreach Associate will assist with education, outreach, and volunteer engagement activities such as Kids In The Creek, Race for the Taps, and Mills River Day - a one day festival with an overall water quality educational goal that involves coordinating presenter and sponsor booths, food vendors, activity stations, livestock and farm exhibits.  The member will also coordinate river clean ups, organize meetings in the watershed, and interact with landowners on best management practice projects and potentially coordinate volunteers to work on these projects including but not limited to invasive clearing, riparian buffer planting and pollinator habitat planting. Some website design and social media tasks may be a responsibility of this position as well.


MountainTrue champions healthy forests, clean waters, and resilient communities in Western North Carolina.

  • Forest Keeper Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • The Forest Keeper Coordinator will be responsible for a combination of volunteer recruitment and coordination, on-the-ground stewardship on public lands, education, and data management. The position will include opportunities to learn from and network with conservation professionals from a variety of non-profit organizations and government agencies. This service position will require frequent travel and work outdoors to provide an opportunity for the Forest Keeper to become more familiar with the Blue Ridge Mountains. This service position will be supervised by the Ecologist & Public Lands Director and the Public Lands Biologist at MountainTrue who will provide training, support, and guidance.

  • Outings & Education Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • The Outings and Education Coordinator will engage MountainTrue members and local residents 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 OLLI Ecology of the Southern Appalachians course and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Equity and engagement of diverse communities is an important role of this position.

  • Water Quality Administrator (Download PDF)
    • The Water Quality Administrator will be 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 Clean Water Team, administers resources for all WQ-focused (5) programs, and connects with the broader community to solve water quality challenges.

Organic Growers School inspires, educates, and supports people to farm, garden, and live organically. OGS is the premier provider of practical organic education in the Southern Appalachians. We are building a mutually supportive network of prosperous farmers, productive gardeners and informed consumers engaged in creating healthy communities.

  • Home-Grower Program Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • The Home-Grower Program Coordinator serves as the education, outreach, and public awareness specialist for our Home-Grower programs in Western NC and as the Volunteer Coordinator for all Organic Growers School (OGS) programs. The purpose of this position is three-fold: 1. to increase the number of people who are successfully growing organically on a home scale, 2. to increase public and community support for home and community-garden growing, and 3. to support the educational activities of OGS through the coordination of volunteers for events, activities, and capacity.

The mission of the Polk County Agricultural Advisory Board and Agricultural Economic Development Office is to promote agricultural values and the general welfare of the county and more specifically, increase identity and pride in agricultural community and its way of life; encourage the economic and financial health of agriculture; and increase protection from non-farm development and other negative impacts on properly managed farms.  

  • Conservation Education & Outreach Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • The purpose of the Conservation Education & Outreach Coordinator is to bring about the preservation of our valuable farmlands through sustainable practices. The member will do so through the following activities: education of local farmers and landowners about the Polk County Farmland Preservation program; collaboration with other community groups to develop and deliver educational programs including cooking demos, gardening demos, and disaster preparedness; volunteer training and coordination for the Farm Tour and Farmer’s Markets; and development of a sustainable demonstration garden.

  • Farm & Consumer Outreach Specialist (Download PDF)
    • The purpose of the Farm and Consumer Outreach Specialist is to bring about the preservation of our valuable farmlands through sustainable practices. The member will do so through the following activities: Coordination of monthly Friends of Agriculture Breakfasts; implementation of a Farmer’s Survey to identify current and ongoing needs; development and delivery of educational programs including demos, presentations, cooking and preservation classes, and disaster preparedness trainings at neighborhood demonstration gardens, after-school programs, and community centers.

To provide and maintain optimum recreational opportunities for the citizens of Polk County through its parks, facilities and programs.

  • Trails Coodinator (Download PDF)
    • AmeriCorps Trails Coordinator will coordinate a countywide partnership with a goal to build and maintain an interconnected trail system. Member will recruit and train volunteers to accomplish trail goals including trail maintenance and construction workdays, trail and river clean-ups. Member will perform outreach to the public and trail partners via social media and enews.

RiverLink’s mission is the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad river and its watershed as a destination for everyone to live, learn, work and play.

  • Assistant Volunteer Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • The Assistant Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for volunteer outreach and coordination, outreach via social media, and leading volunteer efforts such as river cleanups, plantings, trail maintenance, roadside litter cleanups, etc.  The member will also help with special events and set up and man booths at events.  

  • Education Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • The RiverLink Education Coordinator's primary duties will consist of environmental education and outreach for youth grades K-12 in the French Broad Watershed. This will involve developing lessons for school groups, field trips for water quality lessons in the creek (project WET/Wild, Kids in the Creek Curriculum) and the use of interactive tools to facilitate learning. There will also be lessons and events outside of the classroom and beyond the academic school year: a music, art & poetry contest in the spring, and a summer day camp. This position allows the coordinator the opportunity to reach children and adults with a message based on watershed wide water quality issues

  • Watershed Resources Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • The Watershed Resources Coordinator works directly with RiverLink's Watershed Resources Manager to improve water quality in the French Broad River Watershed. This is accomplished through grant funded watershed restoration projects (stream restorations, watershed planning studies, and stormwater best management practices); educating the community about water quality and quantity issues; land protection and stewardship of wetland, riparian and steep slope areas; and building stewardship of the river and watershed through improving the French Broad River Paddle Trail (river access, overnight camping, and dam portages). In this position you will assist with grant writing, project management, community outreach and engagement, as well as land protection and stewardship.

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

  • Land Protection & Education Associate (Download PDF)
    • 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 pristine wilderness properties and agricultural projects.  Upon completion of a conservation project, the Associate may coordinate a neighborhood event to celebrate a conservation success and help educate the community about land conservation opportunities.

  • Conservation Education & Volunteer Outreach Associate (Download PDF)
    • 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 diverse 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 – Access to Land, Livelihood, and Learning.

  • Stewardship & Volunteer Associate (2 positions) (Download PDF)
    • The Stewardship & Volunteer Associate (2 positions) will provide support to the Stewardship & Conservation Planning Director and SAHC stewardship staff to monitor conservation properties; assess and inventory properties and their conservation values by preparing detailed baseline documentation reports and land management plans; prepare tailored reports educating property landowners of their property and management recommendations for at-risk ecosystems; and recruit volunteers and lead volunteer workdays to enhance at-risk ecosystems

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.

  • Citizen Science Educator (Download PDF)
    • The AmeriCorps member will deliver citizen science programming by educating students of various ages and backgrounds including leading environmental field trip programs, off-site outreach programs in Western NC schools, assisting with seasonal family events, leading library programs and leading environmental awareness-based programs for our summer day camps.  Additionally, the Citizen Science Educator will supervise, recruit, retain and train volunteers for data collection at The NC Arboretum and will assist in the care and maintenance of all live collections. This position is great for environmental education enthusiasts with a passion for working with children and doing field research!

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.

  • Trails Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • Trails Coordinator will coordinate a countywide partnership with a goal to build and maintain an interconnected trail system. Member will recruit and train volunteers to accomplish trail goals including trail maintenance and construction workdays, trail and river clean-ups. Member will perform outreach to the public and trail partners via social media and enews.