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AmeriCorps Project Conserve 2016-2017 position descriptions are up! This CMLC program places members in service with one of 18 host site organizations working to protect the unique natural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountain region. Each member will serve 1,700 hours during an 11 month term, from September 1st through July 31st.  During their terms of service, members will promote conservation through education, volunteerism and direct service. In addition to serving on individual projects outlined by partnering sites, members participate in 1 to 3 required trainings and service days with the full Project Conserve team. Trainings may cover a broad range of topics including conflict resolution, forest management, trail construction, invasive plant identification, and disaster preparedness.

Eligibility

Project Conserve Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of service
  • Be available between September 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017 and commit to full-time service
  • Consent to a criminal history check and be cleared for service
  • Meet minimum education requirements (see individual service descriptions for specific requirements)
  • Additional qualifications for each position are listed in the individual service descriptions
  • Essential functions for each position are listed in the individual service descriptions

Compensation

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Members earn a living stipend of $12,530 over the 11-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, each member will also receive an education award of $5,775. This award can be used to pay off existing school loans or apply for future education. Other benefits include health insurance and childcare assistance.

The policy and intent of CMLC and AmeriCorps Project Conserve is to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex or age, or other status protected by law. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. AmeriCorps Project Conserve will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with known mental / physical disabilities. Application materials are available in large-print format upon request.

Applications are due by June 1st!

See the full AmeriCorps Project Conserve Website

View the 2016-2017 position descriptions

Learn how to apply and see the application timeline


Date of this Event: Fri, 05/27/2016 - 10:00am

Get outdoors with CMLC on Friday, May 7th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the beautiful Upper Hickory Nut Gorge.

We will be working in Florence Nature Preserve in Gerton, NC. This property is owned by CMLC and monitored and maintained by CMLC staff and a group of volunteers.

Primarily, workdays at FNP involve removing non-native invasive plants by cutting with hand-tools and then applying herbicide or by hand-pulling small invasives. Other forest management projects are also undertaken depending on the needs of the property at that time, such as debris clearing from trails, stream monitoring, or weed-whacking of the meadow area.

This preserve has public access trails and provides a great opportunity for people to get out into nature!

Training will be provided on site. All protective equipment and some light snacks and drinks (such as granola bars and tea or water) will be provided.

What to bring: 
Lunch or snacks 
Water bottle 
Long pants and sleeves
Closed toe shoes 
Hat (optional)
Work gloves (if you have them) 
Rain gear (just in case) 
Emergency contact information (also, just in case!)

To sign up, please contact Ericka, the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at volunteer@carolinamountain.org.


Date of this Event: Tue, 05/24/2016 - 5:30pm

Interested in volunteering with CMLC? Come to a Volunteer Information Session!

Join CMLC's Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate (VCEA) on Tuesday, May 24th from 5:30-6:30 PM at the CMLC office located at 847 Case Street in Hendersonville, NC.

At the session, you'll take a tour of CMLC and meet staff, AmeriCorps members, and fellow prospective volunteers in the office. You'll learn all about CMLC, our mission, and how you can get involved through a short presentation given by the VCEA.

This information session can count as a volunteer orientation for new volunteers, so you'll be ready to get started!

Contact Ericka, the VCEA at volunteer@carolinamountain.org or sign up online here if you'd like to attend this or another information session!

 

Date of this Event: Sun, 05/22/2016 - 1:00pm

 

The Mills River Partnership (MRP) along with CMLC and MountainTrue are pleased to present the third annual “Mills River Day” on Sunday, May 22nd from 1-5 p.m. The event will be held at Mills River Park, located at 124 Town Center Drive, Mills River, NC. 

 

Join us in celebrating with the theme “The River Connects Us” to learn how the Mills River community and watershed are joined to the greater Hendersonville/Asheville area through the use of the river’s resources.  This event aims to educate participants about the river and water quality issues, helps build a stronger sense of community, and raises awareness of local agriculture.

 

We are looking for volunteers that can help out at this awesome event! Shifts will run 2 to 2.5 hours long and volunteers are encouraged to come early or stay after their shift to enjoy Mills River Day with their friends and families. To learn more about volunteering or to sign up, click here.

 

This fun and educational community event is for kids of all ages and will have a bounce house, inner tube rides, wagon rides, conservation tours, farm equipment demonstrations and displays, and a fire safety house. Ice cream, BBQ, and other food truck cuisine will be available as guests enjoy live music and entertainment provided by the Lonesome Road Band and local musicians and storytellers.

 

Mills River Day will also feature fun-filled water quality activities including fly-fishing and kicknet demonstrations, in which guests can hunt for river “bugs” and learn about water improvement projects near the river.

 

The event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. The first 100 visitors will receive a flowering hanging basket courtesy of Van Wingerden Greenhouse Co.!

 

 

 

Through Mills River Day, the Mills River Partnership hopes to foster connections between the Mills River, the people who use its water resources, and the people who live within its watershed. The Mills River Partnership is a not-for-profit organization that addresses water quality in the Mills River watershed. MRP has a diverse board of directors, with members from the agricultural community, local governments, and conservation organizations. MRP's work focuses on educating the local community about water quality issues and helping farmers and other landowners implement best management practices to control sediment pollution.


Date of this Event: Fri, 05/13/2016 - 10:00am

Go outside with CMLC on Friday, May 13th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm!

The primary purpose of the Lewis Creek workdays is to remove non-native invasive plants from CMLC's Lewis Creek Nature Preserve near Edneyville, NC.

Lewis Creek is owned and monitored by CMLC, and it is maintained by CMLC staff, AmeriCorps members, and a group of volunteers who have adopted this preserve. At this volunteer day, you will be given a tour of Lewis Creek property and background information on CMLC's involvement and management strategies.

Frequent projects out at Lewis Creek include removing non-native invasive plants by cutting with hand pruners and then applying an aquatic safe herbicide,hand-pulling of smaller non-native invasive plants, and other habitat restoration activities. 

 

Additional projects may be taking place depending on the needs of the nature preserve, such as bog bridge repair, light trail mainenance, and other related preserve management tasks.

The workday will be a great chance to meet others interested in improving and maintaining the lands we love, and it will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about invasive species management, nature preserve management, and other potential volunteer opportunities at CMLC.

Training will be provided on site. All protective equipment will also be provided along with light snacks and beverages (granola bars and water or tea). 

What to bring: Lunch (or a snack), water bottle, long pants and sleeves, closed toe shoes, hat (optional), work gloves (if you have them), Waders or tall rubber boots (if you have them), Rain gear (just in case), emergency contact information (also, just in case!).

If you would like to sign up for this event, please contact the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at volunteer@carolinamountain.org!


Date of this Event: Thu, 05/05/2016 - 8:00am

Interested in volunteering with CMLC? Come to a Volunteer Information Session!

Join CMLC's Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate (VCEA) on Thursday, May 5th from 8:00-9:00 AM at the CMLC office located at 847 Case Street in Hendersonville, NC.

At the session, you'll take a tour of CMLC and meet staff, AmeriCorps members, and fellow prospective volunteers in the office. You'll learn all about CMLC, our mission, and how you can get involved through a short presentation given by the VCEA.

This information session can count as a volunteer orientation for new volunteers, so you'll be ready to get started!

Contact Ericka, the VCEA at volunteer@carolinamountain.org or sign up online here if you'd like to attend this or another information session!

 

Ready to get outside and enjoy the warm weather, colorful flowers, and amazing views with CMLC? We will soon announce and accept reservations for our list of upcoming guided hike and walk opportunities for the Spring & Summer seasons!

Upcoming guided CMLC hikes include:

  • Full Moon Hike & Sunset @ Bearwallow Mountain
  • Southern Appalachian Mountain Bog Tour in Flat Rock
  • Conserving Small Spaces: Ironwood Square Community Arboretum Tour @ CMLC Office
  • Trombatore Trail Grand Opening Hike
  • Little Bearwallow Trail Extension: Sneak Peak Hike
  • And More!

 

Check back soon for hike details and online sign-ups!


Date of this Event: Sun, 04/24/2016 - 3:30pm

CMLC invites members to our Land Lovers Picnic, SUNDAY April 24th as we recognize and honor our recent conservation landowners and our amazing volunteers. 

A suggested donation of $10 per person at the door would be greatly appreciated.

RSVP by Thursday, April 14th to Laura Pocock, Donor Relations Manager, by email at laura@carolinamountain.org or by phone at (828) 697-5777 x 203


Date of this Event: Wed, 04/20/2016 - 9:00am

CMLC is partnering with Henderson County to seek funding to acquire 72 stunning acres of natural land in the Green River Gorge for the creation of the Bell Trail Park. To find out more about the project, attend a public hearing on Wednesday, April 20th at 9:00am in downtown Hendersonville at the Henderson County Historic Courthouse. If you would like to make your voice heard, make sure to arrive early to sign up to speak during the public comments section. For more information about the proposed Bell Trail Park, visit: http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20151225/NEWS/151229867


Date of this Event: Mon, 04/18/2016 - 9:00am

 

Join CMLC on Monday, April 18th for a joint hike with Pacolet Area Conservancy and Keith Viglietta’s hiking group that will take place at Walnut Creek Preserve. Hikers will take a short tour of the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center before heading out to enjoy the hiking trails at Walnut Creek Preserve. The hike will include a short snack break around 11:30 as well as stops to enjoy the many blooming wildflowers. The hike will be an easy to moderate 4-5 miles and will conclude around 1:00 pm.

Guests are asked to meet at 9:00 am at McGuinn’s (general store and gas station) on Highway 9 at the intersection of Mcguinn Road. Our final destination is not clearly accessible via GPS mapping and is surrounded by privately owned land. Help us respect local landowners and minimize lost parties; please be sure to arrive at McGuinn's by 9:00am so we are able to all head to the final meeting place together.

Families and children with accompanying adults are welcome, however no pets are allowed on this hike. Make sure to bring a lunch and/or snacks, plenty of water, and a wildflower guide and camera if you so choose. In the case of a last minute cancellation or change in weather, an update (no later than 7:30) will be posted to this news page and will show on CMLC’s website homepage as well as Facebook page. You can also call CMLC at (828) 697-5777 the morning of for an additional recording in the event of a cancellation. 

Please contact Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell with any further questions. 


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