AmeriCorps Project Conserve

The 2013–2014 AmeriCorps Project Conserve Position has been filled.  Please check back for the 2014-2015 application deadlines.

AmeriCorps Project Conserve seeks a dedicated individual to fill a full-time position at Blue Ridge Conservancy serving the critical conservation needs of western North Carolina. The program places AmeriCorps members in service with BRC working to protect the unique natural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountain region. Each Project Conserve member will serve 1700 hours during an 11 month term, from September 2013 through July 2014.

During their terms of service, members will promote conservation through education, volunteerism and direct service. AmeriCorps Project Conserve members serve in many facets of conservation, including identifying critical lands for protection, promoting forest management, conducting land-based stewardship activities, water quality monitoring, storm water management, volunteer coordination, and community education. In addition to serving on individual projects outlined by partnering sites, members participate in training and service days for the full AmeriCorps Project Conserve team. Trainings may cover a broad range of topics including conflict resolution, forest management, trail construction, invasive plant identification, and disaster preparedness. Project Conserve is committed to long-term conservation efforts in North Carolina’s mountains by increasing community awareness of conservation needs, recruiting new volunteers, developing the capacity of partner sites, and fostering an ethic of stewardship in AmeriCorps Members.

AmeriCorps is a federally-supported program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that helps communities across the country meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Administered by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Project Conserve is one of 13 AmeriCorps programs supported through grants from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service and from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

What is AmeriCorps Project Conserve?

AmeriCorps Project Conserve is a national service program in which members come from across the nation to dedicate themselves to serving western North Carolina for an 11 month service term.  Members are selected based on skill, education, experience, passion and commitment to service.  Project Conserve was founded in September of 2004 as an initiative of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) to respond to the growing conservation needs in western North Carolina.  The program focuses on collaboration with nonprofit organizations, community groups and local governments to provide service throughout the region.

The mission of AmeriCorps Project Conserve is to serve western North Carolina by building stronger, more educated and involved communities that understand the threats to their local environment, are equipped with the tools and resources to take direct conservation action, and have significant opportunities to engage in conservation activities through volunteering. Through the efforts of these dedicated communities and the direct service of AmeriCorps Project Conserve members, we hope to ultimately increase the amount of land and habitat conserved, protect and enhance water quality, promote local food and agriculture, and support energy conservation throughout the region.

AmeriCorps is a federally-supported program of the Corporation for National & Community Service that helps communities across the country meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.  Administered by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Project Conserve is supported through grants from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service and from the Corporation for National & Community Service.

AmeriCorps Project Conserve members serve western North Carolina communities in four Focus Areas:

Land Conservation – members educate the community about the importance of land and nature conservation, recruit volunteers for land management and conservation activities, and support land protection by planning new land protection projects, monitoring conserved properties, and conducting land management activities.

Water Quality – members educate the community about the importance of protecting and improving water quality, recruit and coordinate volunteers for water quality monitoring projects and river clean-ups, and engage in other initiatives that support the education and involvement of the community in improving water quality.

Local Food and Farmland – members provide educational resources and support to local farmers and promote healthy, local foods in the community.

Energy Conservation – members educate residents about energy conservation and weatherization, conduct weatherization activities on eligible homes, and design and lead weatherization job skill programs for young adults with barriers to employment.


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If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact Amy Stout, AmeriCorps Project Conserve Program Director via email or phone (828) 697-5777, ext. 208

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