AmeriCorps Community Engagement Educator

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This position is based in Asheville, NC, at the North Carolina Arboretum Society. The North Carolina Arboretum’s mission is to cultivate 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. 

Before you apply, please “read the instructions carefully”: 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 $13,732 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 $5,920. 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 the position

This position is charged with utilizing the existing initiatives and curriculum designed by the youth education staff of The North Carolina Arboretum to engage diverse audiences. This includes children of low-income families, Spanish-speaking families and others not traditionally served with outdoor and environmental education.

Community outreach will be accomplished within two key facets of Arboretum youth programming. The first is our Arboretum Explorations Field Trip programs, which attract thousands of students in Title-1 schools annually. Content includes identification, life cycles, habitats and ecology of native plants and animals, as well as measurement of environmental conditions, including weather and water quality. The Arboretum’s inquiry-based, hands-on approach utilizes our 434-acre campus, including 10 miles of trails and a wide variety of habitats including cultivated gardens, streams, meadows, woodlands and a stormwater retention pond.

The second facet is the new ecoEXPLORE citizen science initiative, which encourages children to get outdoors and submit photos and data of plants and animals they encounter. This grant-funded initiative partners with local parks, libraries and other public resources to engage the public in outdoor nature study within their own communities. Children submit observations, which are uploaded to for use by actual scientists. At the same time, they earn field tools such as binoculars, plant presses, insect nets and other items to encourage additional exploration.

Position Responsibilities

In the fall and spring months the AmeriCorps member will deliver Arboretum Exploration Field Trip programming to students in grades K-8, with a special emphasis on children from Title-1 schools. The AmeriCorps member will be required to deliver content in Spanish to children who are not proficient in English. In addition, the member will be tasked with translating data sheets and other handouts into Spanish for use with these groups. The member will be required to maintain program materials and equipment including but not limited to live reptiles and amphibians, stream sampling equipment, soil probes, binoculars and air sampling equipment. More information on these programs is available at

In addition the member will aid in the recruitment and programming related to the Arboretum’s ecoEXPLORE initiative throughout the service term. The member will schedule programming at local libraries, parks, nature preserves and other public resources in Buncombe and Madison counties. This will include familiarizing potential participants with the initiative, encouraging recruitment, and providing feedback and encouragement for participants to continue to submit observations. Programming will vary depending upon the season, and include natural history, identification and conservation issues related to native plants, reptiles, amphibians, insects and birds. More information on this initiative is available at


  • Knowledge of ecological concepts and life histories and identification of flora and fauna native to the Southern Appalachian region
  • Ability to communicate effectively with youth and adults
  • Ability to translate, speak, read and write in Spanish effectively
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or other natural sciences field and/or education
  • 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, reliable transportation and consent to a criminal history check

Essential Functions / Physical Demands

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Ability to walk over uneven terrain for up to three miles in a range of weather conditions. 
  • Ability to engage youth in outdoor programming for up to seven hours per day.

Preferred Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Location: Asheville, NC
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