Roan Highlands Volunteer and Outreach AmeriCorps Member

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This is for an position with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, based in Asheville, NC. SAHC is one of the country’s oldest and most respected land trusts. SAHC works to protect the world’s oldest mountains for the benefit of present and future generations. Founded in 1974 as a non-profit, charitable organization, SAHC works to conserve the unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, local farmland and scenic beauty of the mountains of North Carolina and east Tennessee for the benefit of present and future generations. We achieve this by forging and maintaining long-term conservation relationships with private landowners and public agencies, owning and managing land, and encouraging healthy local communities.

Before you apply, please “read the instructions carefully”: 

Include all relevant materials in your application. Applications that do not include all of the relevant items will not be considered. Start date is September 6th 2017 and will end on June 30th 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the last day to apply being June 30th 2017.

Please note that this is for an AmeriCorps position for 10-months with a pre-determined living allowance and other benefits that include health care benefit and the Segal Education Award. All information can be found on the link provided above. 

**The position is subject to federal renewal of the Corporation of National and Community Service and the AmeriCorps program. At this time the Conservation Trust for North Carolina,the host program for CTNC AmeriCorps, is hopeful funding will be renewed for the AmeriCorps program.** 

Purpose of the Position

The purpose of this position is to recruit and educate volunteers from diverse communities including civic groups, schools, church groups, and outdoor enthusiasts to conduct on the ground habitat restoration projects in the Roan Highlands. Special attention will be given to recruitment of diverse local groups in Asheville, as well as in rural Mitchell and Avery counties.  We believe that many youth in these areas may not understand the significance of their own "backyard", and that by instilling in them a sense of place and an understanding of conservation, we will lead them to become more active and engaged in conservation efforts.

Position Responsibilities

  • Organize, schedule, and lead multiple volunteer habitat management work days in the Roan Highlands, including recording volunteer data and work accomplished.
  • Recruit volunteers from (and build relationships with) diverse communities including civic groups, schools, church groups, and outdoor enthusiasts to conduct habitat restoration projects in the Roan Highlands, both on SAHC, USFS, and state-owned properties.
  • Assist in planning and conducting outreach and education events in the Roan Highlands to increase community awareness.
  • Give community presentations, and provide information to community partners about the importance of conserving the Roan Highlands.
  • Reach out to Tier 1 middle and high schools in Mitchell, and Avery counties to begin to build relationships with science, technology, and agricultural teachers to develop field trips and class projects focused on developing the Roan Highlands as their "backyard" for learning new conservation skills.


  • Outstanding communication and education skills
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people, and speak in public.  
  • Excellent organizational and record-keeping skills
  • Self-motivated and able to take initiative in working independently.
  • Background in biology, ecology, or natural resources management
  • Ability to carry a 25 lb. pack up to 12 miles in a day
  • Ability and willingness to use power tools and equipment (e.g. weed-eater, chainsaw) to conduct vegetation management
  • Experience and equipment for hiking under any weather conditions
  • Experience using GIS/GPS for orientation and documenting work activities
  • Commitment to the SAHC's resource protection efforts
  • 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

This position is focused on organizing and conducting "hands-on" habitat management, environmental education, and field work with volunteer groups. The locations are remote and the position will be physically demanding. The applicant will be asked to work outdoors under various weather conditions, to hike in equipment and volunteers for work days, and to use hand and power tools to conduct the work. They will also occasionally camp or stay in field housing.

Preferred Schedule

The schedule for this position is M-F 9am-5pm. However, the Member will be required to work several Saturdays (app. 15+) during their term while leading hikes and volunteer work days, with their schedule adjusted accordingly. 

Location: Asheville, NC
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