ASHEVILLE, NC (April 8, 2022) – Are you an Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal member interested in a career outdoors? Are you a young adult looking for professional development and experience? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then we have an opportunity for you! The National Forests in North Carolina and Conservation Corps North Carolina is thrilled to announce the partnership with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians nation (EBCI) and Conservation Corps North Carolina (CCNC) to launch the Indigenous Conservation Corps crew program. With an emphasis on Cherokee heritage and tradition, Tribal crew members will contribute to a variety of hands-on projects, which may include trail construction and maintenance, forest management, habitat restoration, invasive species treatment, disaster relief, heritage work on ancestral lands, and other methods of environmental conservation.
CCNC is currently accepting applications for the Indigenous Conservation Corps crew, an eight-week program that will be based in southwest North Carolina. This is a full-time, seasonal AmeriCorps National Service position from June 6 to July 29, 2022. EBCI participants will receive a weekly $400 stipend and accrue hours towards Public Land Corps, a non-competitive hiring authority that can help participants secure a permanent position with the U.S. Forest Service. Other benefits include an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award (upon successful completion of service term), on-the-job training and professional development opportunities, and exposure to career opportunities in natural resource management. This is a great opportunity for young adults interested in starting a career in environmental conservation.