Our mission 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 achieve greater community understanding of conservation and the environment and increase support for, and sustainable improvements to, at-risk ecosystems in western North Carolina.
Administered by Conserving Carolina, Project Conserve is a National Service program in which members come from across the nation to dedicate themselves to serving critical environmental and community needs in western North Carolina. Members are selected based on skill, education, experience, passion and commitment to service. The program focuses on collaboration with nonprofit organizations, community groups and local governments to provide service throughout the region.
Project Conserve individually places members in service with one of our host site organizations working to protect the unique natural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountain region. During their terms of service members will promote conservation through education, volunteerism, and direct environmental service. Members participate in 1 to 3 required training and service days per month with the full Project Conserve team. Training may cover a broad range of topics including wilderness first aid, CPR/AED, conflict resolution, forest management, trail construction, invasive plant identification, environmental education, volunteer management, and disaster preparedness.
Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
Conserving Carolina is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion through our AmeriCorps Project Conserve program, and we seek to partner with organizations that share our commitment to this important work. Through training and ongoing support, we hope to foster an understanding and appreciation of these issues in our AmeriCorps members that will continue after their service is completed. We support host sites in their efforts to create a welcoming and inclusive service environment and to develop service activities that are aligned with their own organizational goals and priorities. Our focus is on outreach and relationship-building with marginalized communities and on involving AmeriCorps members in projects that seek to understand and address local, community needs in an equitable and inclusive way.
We’re no longer recruiting for September 2019 positions. Check back in the fall for positions starting in January 2020.
Summer of Service
Summer of Service is a 9-week, 300-hour program for local youth between the ages of 17 and 19. The program was founded in the summer of 2017 as an initiative designed to help build confidence, trust, teamwork, environmental, and service-oriented ethics. Participants will expand their toolbox of potential while being introduced to educational and career paths they may not have otherwise considered. Members will build skills and experience through trail construction, non-native invasive species control, and other land management initiatives in the outdoors.
AmeriCorps Project Conserve and Summer of Service are administered by Conserving Carolina and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in the office of Governor Roy Cooper, and the critical support of our host sites and community partners.