We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 AmeriCorps Project Conserve service year.
May 28 – June 1: Application Review Period
June 4 – June 8: Interviews scheduled by host sites
June 11 – June 22: Interviews conducted by host sites
June 25: Extended Application Deadline
June 25 – June 29: Position offers made
September 4: First Day of Service
Overview, Eligibility, & Compensation
Project Conserve individually places members in service with one of our host site organizations working to protect the unique natural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountain region. Full-time (1700-hour) and half-time (900-hour) positions will serve 11-months from September 1st through July 31st. During their terms of service, members will promote conservation through education, volunteerism and direct environmental service. Members participate in 1 to 3 required trainings and service days per month with the full Project Conserve team. Trainings may cover a broad range of topics including conflict resolution, forest management, trail construction, invasive plant identification, environmental education, volunteer management, and disaster preparedness.
Project Conserve Applicants must:
- Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
- Be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of service
- Be available and commit to the full service term, as outlined in the individual service description
- Consent to a criminal history check and be cleared for service
- Meet minimum education requirements (see individual service descriptions for specific requirements)
- Meet additional qualifications for each position as listed in the individual service descriptions.
- Meet essential functions for each position as listed in the individual service descriptions.
For full-time, 11-month positions in the 2018-2019 program year, members will earn a living stipend of $13,732 over the 11-month term of service. (Please be aware that the living stipend is taxed when you are budgeting living expenses.) 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 apply for future education. Other benefits include health insurance and childcare assistance.
The policy and intent of Conserving Carolina is to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex or age, or other status protected by law. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. AmeriCorps Project Conserve will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with known mental / physical disabilities. Application materials are available in large-print format upon request.
** PLEASE NOTE: Service Positions are always contingent on AmeriCorps grant funding
As an AmeriCorps Project Conserve host site, SAHC is accepting applications for the following positions:
This position will provide support to the Land Protection Director and Farmland Protection 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 conservation planning, and conducting land conservation transactions for both pristine wilderness properties and working agricultural projects. The proposed position will support Project Conserve’s long-term goals of increasing community understanding and support for conservation by being interfacing with landowners regarding the process of permanently protecting natural and agricultural land with SAHC.
To assist 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 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.
This position will provide support to the Stewardship & Conservation Planning Director and SAHC stewardship staff to educate conservation landowners by monitoring conservation properties and assessing properties and their conservation values through preparation of detailed baseline documentation reports and land management plans. The position will prepare tailored reports educating property landowners of their property and management recommendations for at-risk ecosystems; develop educational resources for conservation easement landowners and assess impact of resources provided; and recruit volunteers and lead volunteer workdays to educate workday participants and enhance at-risk ecosystems.