/ AmeriCorps,

Full-Time AmeriCorps Project Conserve Position Open for Summer 2018


 Service Term: May 1 – August 31, 2018

Applications Due: April 23, 2018


Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

Communications and Community Engagement Associate



For the full-time, 4-month positions, the AmeriCorps member will receive a living stipend of $5,348 over the 4-month term of service. (Please be aware that the living stipend is taxed when you are budgeting living expenses.) Upon successful completion of the program, the member will also receive an education award of $2,215.24. This award can be used to pay off existing school loans or apply for future education. This position is not eligible for health insurance or childcare assistance.


The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is seeking a Communications and Community Engagement AmeriCorps member to help connect with people and communities throughout our conservation focus areas in Western North Carolina. Addressing issues related to equity and inclusion, while building and enhancing relationships with diverse communities, is critical to our mission to conserve land “for the benefit of present and future generations.”

This AmeriCorps position will provide capacity and support by strengthening relationships with local community centers and other partners, helping to organize educational outings within urban neighborhoods or conservation areas, leading outings for community groups to connect with SAHC preserves, and looking for ways to tell the untold stories of people’s relationships to land in the places we serve. We are particularly interested in uncovering, exploring, researching, and sharing the seldom-seen stories of people and land — such as investigating whether conserved properties were formerly home to enslaved people. The AmeriCorps member in this position would help research, write about, and share these stories with community members, to more fully communicate the connection with and impact of human relationships to land across Western North Carolina.  Potential projects for this position could also involve translating SAHC’s marketing/communications materials into Spanish or other languages, or writing conservation articles in Spanish or other languages for local or regional publication.

The AmeriCorps member in this position could also assist with creating short videos, virtual tours of SAHC preserves, or interactive online maps to improve accessibility of these conservation lands to audiences who may not be able to visit and experience them personally. The purpose of these augmented communications materials would be to overcome barriers in mobility, time, or distance.





Please email application form and resume to Amy Stout (amy@conservingcarolina.org) and Angela Shepherd (sahc@appalachian.org) by April 23, 2018.  Additional documents, including transcript and birth certificate / passport copy, will be required from final candidate prior to start-date.