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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.

  • Communications Associate (Download PDF)
    • The Communications Associate at Appalachian Voices will educate the public about regional environmental issues through journalistic writing and direct outreach. As the Associate Editor of our bimonthly publication, The Appalachian Voice, this position is focused on writing and editing. The associate will also host educational webinars, mentor volunteers, and lead classroom presentations. Applicants should be passionate about high-quality communications and environmental issues in Appalachia.
  • Education & Community Outreach Associate (Download PDF)
    • This is a spilt position with time divided equally between our Energy Savings for Appalachia campaign and our North Carolina coal ash and clean power campaigns. Both the Energy Savings and NC programs focus on community education, including group and individual education and outreach, volunteer outreach and management, development of materials, and planning and managing outreach activities in our respective target communities.  By working with multiple campaigns, this position has the unique opportunity to work on both addressing environmental issues and energy-related solutions.

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.

  • Environmental Education & Volunteer Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • The Member will engage community groups, businesses, colleges, schools, churches in projects such as river cleanups, water monitoring, litter cleanups, native tree plantings, neighborhood projects, and community gardens. The Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator will schedule outdoor events and tabling activities as well as recruit new volunteers. They will work to arrange school group outings and fun events. Most importantly, the Member will come home each day tired, sore, and dirty but satisfied that they made a positive difference that will felt by many generations to come.

  • Pollinator Project Outreach Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • The AmeriCorps Pollinator Project Outreach Coordinator will help Asheville GreenWorks to refine its landscaping efforts toward practices that will better sustain pollinators. The AC member will help Asheville GreenWorks launch a county-wide campaign for learning about the many ways we can welcome pollinators into our landscapes. This is an opportunity to partner with and realize the vision of Bee City USA in Asheville where the program began.

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 Coordiinator will assist female farmers with resources and programs to help improve their farming and income. The Member 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 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 significant farm, forest, park and natural lands. Since 1994, CMLC has conserved more than 28,000 acres in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties in western North Carolina.

  • 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, 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.

  • Community Outreach Associate (Download PDF)
    • 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)
    • The member in this position will assist CMLC's stewardship staff in managing and restoring the Conservancy's nature preserves. The member will work independently on projects and also partner with the volunteer associate to conduct volunteer workdays for tasks such as invasive species removal, pollinator meadow plantings, and stream restoration. The member may periodically accompany stewardship staff on conservation easement monitoring and help provide education and information to easement landowners.

  • Volunteer & Community Engagement Associate (Download PDF)
    • The Volunteer & Community Engagement Associate serves to connect the time, talent, and passions  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, coordinate 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 serve across departments, helping to engage volunteers in oppportunites in all areas of the land trust.

  • Hickory Nut Gorge Associate (Download PDF)
    • 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

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, 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. 

Foothills Equestrian Nature Center's mission is to serve as a community resource for the preservation of green space and for educational and recreational opportunities linking nature, animals, and people.

  • Education Assistant (Download PDF)
    • Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is a facility that serves thousands of people each year with programs in nature study, outdoor recreation and equestrian competition. We offer excellent hiking and bird watching opportunities. This position as the education assistant will be to service school age children in science and nature programs by going to the classroom and leading hikes here on site, assisting in our six weeks of summer day camp, and organizing volunteers for the variety of events at FENCE.



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.

  • Outreach and Education Forester (Download PDF)
    • Service member will assist in forest stewardship planning for landowners in the southern Appalachians. Member will also assist landowners with the implementation of existing forest stewardship plans, including such activities as timber sale administration, controlled burning, invasive species control, carbon offset project maintenance, and trail maintenance and construction.  Through all aspects of work, education of the general public, landowners, students, and student interns will be integral.

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 and Education Associate (Download PDF)
    • 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, 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 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 support the Watershed Coordinator to increase MRPs visibility and increase awareness of the stewardship role of both watershed residents and public water supply users of our water resources.  The member will increase MRP's outreach and education programs: establish new contacts to develop collaborative programs, improve communication with the community through social media, develop outreach/education material, & facilitate education events.  This position will require time in the office, watershed visits, and meetings outside the office.  

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

  • French Broad Riverkeeper Assistant (Download PDF)
    • 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)
    • Forest Keepers are citizens who value their public land and are active stewards aiming to protect, manage, and restore the forests of Southern Appalachia in a time of declining government funding. The Forest Keeper Coordinator will engage volunteers by working with government agencies and local non-profits to organize volunteer workdays, skills seminars and workshops, and ongoing data collection projects.  

  • Education & Outings Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • 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, the Northwest Earth Institute and Asheville’s weekly Green Drinks’ programs.


  • Water Quality Administrator (Download PDF)
    • 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 community to solve water quality challenges.

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 and Outreach position in Polk County is to bring about preservation of our valuable farmlands for the sustainability to future generations. Member will engage the community to educate about the importance of viable farm lands that support our local and regional food system and our rural, Appalachian heritage.  Polk County’s 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. 


  • Farm & Consumer Outreach Specialist (Download PDF)
    • 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.  

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

  • Trails Coodinator (Download PDF)
    • Member will maintain and enhance a comprehensive trail stewardship program for existing and planned trails in Polk County. The primary activities of the Member will be to develop a comprehensive volunteer trail maintenance program for all existing and planned trails Polk County and cultivate community partnerships to establish a countywide interconnected trails network.

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.

  • 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)
    • Primary duties 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/Wild 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 a summer 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 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.  The Member will assist in grant writing, community outreach and design and implementation of water quality improvement projects, the French Broad River Paddle Trail, and conservation education.

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.

  • Land Protection and 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 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 will coordinate neighborhood events to celebrate the conservation success and help educate the community about land conservation opportunities.

  • Conservation Education and Volunteer Outreach Associate (Download PDF)
    • The member will be instrumental in recruiting and managing volunteers for at-risk ecosystem improvement on SAHC properties, enhancing SAHC's outreach program by expanding educational outreach opportunities with partnering organizations and businesses by recruiting volunteers, planning and organizing 24-30 hikes 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)
    • 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 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 Specialist (Download PDF)
    • AmeriCorps member will primarily be responsible for delivering 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, staffing educational booths for special events, leading free Citizen Science public programs and leading environmental awareness-based programs for our summer day camps.  Additionally, the Citizen Science Coordinator will supervise, recruit, retain and train a core of 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 Stewardship Coordinator (Download PDF)
    • Member will maintain and enhance a comprehensive trail stewardship program for existing and planned trails in Rutherford County and Lake Lure area. The primary activities of the Member will be to maintain and improve and existing comprehensive volunteer trail maintenance program for all existing and planned trails and cultivate community partnerships to establish a countywide interconnected trails network and broad community support.