Volunteer & Education Associate (AmeriCorps Project Conserve)

Organization: Friends of the WNC Nature Center (AZA Member)
Location: Asheville, NC, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Application deadline: May 23, 2014

The Friends of the Western North Carolina Nature Center's mission is to create awareness and provide financial resources, through fundraising and events, in support of the Nature Center - Asheville's Wildlife Park. We are accepting applications for an 11-month (Sept 2014-July 2015) Volunteer & Education Associate position through AmeriCorps Project Conserve.

Summary of Position:

AmeriCorps member will provide volunteer coordination for the Friends and the Nature Center and will assist with education programs and outreach at or on behalf of the Nature Center and Friends. By building/managing the volunteer program and by adding to the educational capacity of the Friends and Center, the member will support the Center’s mission and expand the reach and impact of the Center. The member will be trained to handle animals used in education programs.

Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Experience in volunteer coordination essential. Experience in education/outreach/public relations desirable.

• Excellent public speaking, writing and organizational skills.

• Self motivated.

• Understanding of non-profit management helpful.

• Knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Southern Appalachian Mountains useful.

• Mac experience helpful.

• B.A. in Education, Marketing, Communications, Volunteer Management or related fields.

• Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States, and consent to a criminal history check.

Summary of Position Responsibilities & Duties

• Manage the Nature Center’s and Friends’ volunteer program, including recruiting volunteers, providing orientation sessions, developing a docent program and developing a volunteer recognition program.

• Reach out to area schools/after-school programs/community groups about presenting educational programs and working with them in additional ways.

• Lead monthly behind-the-scenes tours. Receive training on handling education animals, including snakes, amphibians and birds. Present daily animal programs. Give community presentations about the Nature Center and Friends.

• Manage and/or contribute to Facebook,Twitter and other social media accounts. Create and/or contribute to monthly enewsletter and blog.

• Assist with organizing up to two Wildlife Rehabilitation workshops.

• Over the course of the program year, Project Conserve members may spend up to 10 days participating in disaster preparedness training and team service days focused on disaster mitigation.

Additional Comments:

In addition to fulfilling host site service responsibilities, all Project Conserve members are required to fully participate in team trainings, service projects and statewide AmeriCorps events. Project Conserve team events will occur approximately twice per month in locations throughout the service area and may require up to three overnight stays.


Members earn a living stipend of $12,300 over the 11-month term of service. Upon successful completion of the program, each member will also receive an education award of $5,645. 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).

Visit this page to learn how to apply for this position: http://www.americorpsprojectconserve.org/apply/how-to-apply%60

More information at the following pages:

Friends of the WNC Nature Center: www.wildwnc.org

Full service description: http://www.americorpsprojectconserve.org/apply/service-positions

AmeriCorps Project Conserve information: http://www.americorpsprojectconserve.org/