Each year, RiverLink fills three AmeriCorps Project Conserve positions :
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 AmeriCorp
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.s 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 Project Conserve members serve western North Carolina communities in four Focus Areas:
Time Commitment: Project Conserve positions are an 11-month commitment. Members must work a total of 1700 hours during this period. (an average of 40 hours/week)
Compensation: Members earn a living stipend over the 11-month term of service (Please be aware that the living stipend is taxed, when you are considering your ability to budget living expenses effectively.) Upon successful completion of the program, each member will also receive an education award. This award can be used to pay off existing school loans or to apply to future education. Other benefits include health insurance and childcare assistance (if needed).
Project Conserve Application Instructions
The application process begins in March. Positions start in September.
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