AmeriCorps Project Conserve Member

Job Type

Full Time


Details: $13,732 over 11 months for full-time positions



Start Date


Application Deadline



847 Case Street
North Carolina
United States


AmeriCorps Project Conserve seeks dedicated individuals to fill 2 full-time positions and 1 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 October 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.

Open Positions

Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) (full-time)

AmeriCorps Project Conserve is looking for a driven individual to join the team at Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) in Tryon, NC. The Environmental Education Associate at FENCE works with local elementary students in their classrooms and in the field on FENCE’s 384-acre property implementing Project FENCE, an environmental science-based curriculum that serves thousands of students each year.  The AmeriCorps member also plans and implements summer day camps. The applicant should have experience working with students in some capacity. The service member would also take part in regional trainings and professional development offered by Project Conserve. This service position is a great opportunity to experience life in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with access to many pristine trails and waterfalls, and a blossoming outdoor industry.

Polk County Recreation Department (full-time)

The member will coordinate a countywide partnership with a goal to build and maintain an interconnected trail system, recruit and train volunteers to accomplish trail goals including trail maintenance and construction workdays, trail and river cleanups. The member will reach out to the public and trail partners via social media, websites and e-news.

Mountain Roots (half-time)

The Mountain Roots Outdoor Education instructor will assist with the facilitation and development of our growing Outdoor Education programs as we expand our outreach programs into low income communities. Mountain Roots OE programs are integrated into weekly programming at several local public schools. Mountain Roots programs are relatively new and expanding throughout the region. We reach students from a range of backgrounds as we introduce and inspire them with the wonders of nature in their backyard. This position also involves a key role in our outdoor-based summer camps. By the design of our program, we are able to influence hundreds of participants at local public schools--aligning both our vision of more kids exploring outside and connecting with nature.

Position Requirements

 Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of service
  • Fulfill minimum education requirements (Please see individual service descriptions)
  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Be available between October 2018 and July 2019 and commit to full-time or half-time service as indicated in the service description
  • Consent to a criminal history check and be cleared for service
  • Meet additional qualifications and essential functions listed in the individual service descriptions.


Full-time (1700-hour) members earn a living stipend of $13,750 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 $7,280 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.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please go to for compensation information, service descriptions for each position, and to apply. Deadline to Apply is September 24, 2018. Contact Amy Stout with any questions at (828) 697-5777, ext 217 or 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.