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AmeriCorps Property Steward

Conserving Carolina
Job Field:
Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
North Carolina
Location Detail:
Job Description:

   AmeriCorps Project Conserve seeks dedicated individuals to fill positions serving critical conservation needs in western North Carolina. Each member will serve 900 hours over a 6-month term (roughly full-time), from January 16, 2019 through July 31, 2019. Members connect people with nature and enhance quality of life through conservation education, volunteer recruitment/coordination, and trail creation/improvement. Members improve environmental conditions in WNC through activities including habitat restoration, water quality monitoring, and public land and river improvements projects. 
   The Property Steward is hosted by Mainspring Conservation Trust. The primary mission of a service member would be twofold: to manage habitat on three Mainspring properties, Tessentee Bottomland Preserve, Gibson Bottoms and Welch Farm, and to connect visitors with those properties. Though Mainspring has long owned these properties, we have only recently decided to hold them long-term. The properties have a rich natural heritage, including rare species and several aquatic and upland habitat types. They also have a rich cultural heritage spanning Cherokee and early settler periods. Part of the service would consist of activities to maintain early-successional habitat, manage invasive exotic species, promote rare plant species and preserve the historic character of an old farmstead. The other part of a member’s service would consist of activities to connect community members and visitors to the resources at these three properties. This would include trail building, trail maintenance, creation of educational materials, and leading tours. 


   Eligibility Requirements 
   Applicants must: 
   • Be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of service 
   • Fulfill minimum education requirements (Please see individual service descriptions) 
   • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States 
   • Be available between January 16, 2019 and July 31, 2019 and commit to the full service term 
   • Consent to a criminal history check and be cleared for service 
   • Meet additional qualifications and essential functions listed in the individual service descriptions. 


   Compensation & Benefits 
   Half-time (900-hour) members earn 
   • Living stipend of $7,280 over the 6-month term. 
   • Education award of $2,960 upon successful completion of the program. This award can be used to pay off existing school loans or to apply to future education. 
   • Mentorship and professional development such as conflict resolution, wilderness first aid and CPR/AED, project planning, non-native invasive species identification, trail construction, volunteer management, and education program development training. 

How to Apply:

   Please go to for more information, and to apply. Deadline to Apply is December 17, 2018. Contact Amy Stout with any questions at (828) 697-5777, ext 217 or AmeriCorps Project Conserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to individuals with known physical / mental disabilities. 
   Administered by Conserving Carolina, Project Conserve is an AmeriCorps program supported through grants from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service in the Office of Governor Roy Cooper, from the Corporation for National & Community Service, and the critical support of our host sites and community partners.