Land Management AmeriCorps Associate
This position is with the Tar River Land Conservancy, based in Louisburg, NC. The mission of Tar River Land Conservancy is to preserve the natural and cultural resources of the Tar River Basin and surrounding areas by working in partnership with private landowners, businesses, public agencies, and others to protect rural landscapes, to protect riparian corridors, and to ensure clean water.
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 $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
The AmeriCorps member will prepare TRLC’s Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area Phase II for public access. The member will complete the installation of hiking trails, the removal of hazards, and the improvement of natural features. The member will organize the resources to complete the project during his or her tenure at TRLC, including recruiting and organizing volunteers, working with vendors, and working with TRLC staff as needed. The opening of this protected area will be the member’s primary goal.
Second, the member will work to implement the land management plans for other tracts owned by TRLC. The member is expected to work with volunteers to create teams to remove invasive plant species, clean up trash, re-seed eroding areas, and to put up barriers to deter trespassers. The member is expected to conduct on site guided tours of TRLC properties, which will focus on the importance of land conservation to preserving our environment. The member will perform outreach to local schools, community colleges, and youth groups. The Upper Tar basin is a racially diverse area, and it is a low wealth area where the member will have many opportunities to provide programming for underserved students.
Finally, the member will prepare TRLC’s 1100 acre Smith Creek Tract for public access. The member will assist in the creation of a plan for the property that includes the design and possible installation of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails, the removal of hazards, and the improvement of natural features.
Position Responsibilities and Duties
The member will be responsible for land management and outreach projects that are important to TRLC’s mission, but for which the organization presently lacks the capacity to complete. Opening Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area Phase II will be a major accomplishment that will provide a recreational opportunity and learning resource to the residents of Granville County and the surrounding counties. We expect that the property will be ready for public use by the end of the member’s service term. The member will be responsible for all aspects of preparing the property to be opened, including planning, field work, trail construction, clean up, plantings, recruiting volunteers, and working with vendors. We expect the member to recruit 40 new volunteers (people not already engaged with TRLC), to lead 5 guided hikes, which should attract a total of 75 people, and to engage with at least ten organizations serving local residents, which should include interactions with a total of 150 people. Finally, we expect the member to make measurable progress towards opening TRLC’s 1100 acre Smith Creek Tract for public access.
- A bachelor’s degree in a natural resources management, parks and recreation, or a related field.
- Experience in the construction of trails, the removal of invasive plant species, and the deconstruction of structures.
- The ability to make an engaging presentation in front of a group, to lead hikes, and to recruit and lead volunteers. Genuine enthusiasm for the position.
- Passion and willingness to learn ESRI ArcGIS Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather, including the cold, rainy winters, and in the summer heat and humidity.
- Able to hike in rugged conditions while using a compass, maps, GPS and carrying field equipment.
- Basic knowledge of North Carolina flora and fauna.
- Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively, creatively and effectively with people of all ethnic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds
- 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
- Demonstrated computer abilities in Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; webpage and social media background a plus
Essential Functions / Physical Demands
- Travel extensively throughout our eight county service area (Person, Granville, Franklin, Vance, Warren, Halifax, Nash, and Edgecombe Counties) to perform these duties.
- A personality that allows for leading, coordinating, and interacting with diverse individuals.
- Developing and implementing educational programs for the general public, with a focus on underserved communities.
- Training, supporting, coordinating, and recognizing volunteers for conservation – based volunteer opportunities.
- The strength and ability to use the tools necessary for trail building, invasive plant removal, and deconstruction of structures, including hand tools and larger tools, such as machetes.
- The ability to work in adverse weather conditions.
- The ability to drive a 4 wheel-drive pickup truck.
- The ability to lift 50 pounds and to carry 35 pounds long distances in the field.
- The ability to work in an office environment
The TRLC office is regularly open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. However, this position will require leading hikes and volunteer work days on the weekend. The member will be provided with appropriate time adjustments so that he or she maintains a 40-hour work week.