Environmental Stewardship and Outreach AmeriCorps Associate

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This position is based with the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust in Highlands, NC. The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust (HCLT) is the oldest land trust in North Carolina and among the first 20 in the United States. HCLT has protected and will continue to protect valuable land resources for all generations.

Before you apply, please “read the instructions carefully”: http://www.ctnc.org/connect/americorps-application-portal-2/ and include all relevant materials in your application. Applications that do not include all of the relevant items will not be considered. Please note that this is for an AmeriCorps position for 10-months with a pre-determined living allowance of $14,000 and other benefits that include: child care benefit,health care benefit for monthly premium coverage, and the Segal Education Award upon successful completion of the term of $6,095. All information can be found on the link provided above. 

CTNC is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color,national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual preference or familial status.

CTNC seeks to engage applicants from underrepresented communities, particularly of Asian,Black, Hispanic, Multi-Racial, and Native American background, in conservation careers. Connecting more diverse applicants to an employment pathway has led to greater equity, diversity and inclusion of all people in conservation.

Purpose of Position

The AmeriCorps Member will assist with ongoing Environmental Education and Stewardship Programming at North Carolina’s oldest land trust. The member will assist with and develop new Environmental Education programs that currently reaches nearly 1,000 people annually in southern Macon and Jackson Counties. The member will develop new field based formal and informal natural history hikes at land trust properties, coordinate volunteers to help with that effort, and develop a new program to create a natural history database of protected lands. In addition, the member will continue the development of a trail network at a newly acquired 74 acre site, coordinate volunteers to help with that effort, and develop a new program to create a natural history database of protected lands. 

Position Responsibilities

  • Assist and develop education programming in the HCLT Kids in Nature Program
  • Lead formal and informal regularly scheduled hikes on land trust lands, 
  • Extend programming to new and culturally diverse audience. 
  • Assist with ongoing Stewardship programming:
    • Construct a new trail network; Organize and coordinate Stewardship volunteers;  Build on efforts of the previous AmeriCorps member(s) 


  • Versed in or ability to become versed in natural history of the Southern Appalachians. 
  • Preferably a bachelor’s degree in biology, botany, ecology, or environmental science. 
  • Comfortable in the outdoors and able to lead small groups in educational activities. 
  • Some familiarity or experience in environmental education programming desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively, creatively and effectively with people of all ethnic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds
  • Demonstrated computer abilities in Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; webpage and social media background a plus
  • Must be at least 18 years of age, be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States; Must have a legal driver’s license and consent to a criminal history check

Essential Functions / Physical Demands

The AmeriCorps Member must be able to safely lead others on hikes and trail building in the mountains of western North Carolina and therefore be in good physical condition. The member must be able to communicate concepts in natural history to others of all ages, in particular young children (ages 5-12). Physically able to assist in stewardship activities including building trails and maintenance of trails. 

Preferred Schedule

This position is for a minimum of 1700 hours with the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust. Normal HCLT programming is conducted on an M-F 9am to 5pm schedule. We would require the member to conduct educational hikes during those normal operating hours but also like to extend those hours to weekends up to twice a month for special events or volunteer work days. 

Location: Highlands, NC
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