Location: Highlands of Roan
Mitchell and Avery County, NC and Carter County, TN
Supervisor: Roan Stewardship Director
Salary: $12.00 per hour (housing provided)
Duration: Seasonal – May 14th – August 18th, 2020
The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is one of the country’s oldest and most respected land trusts. Founded in 1974 as a non-profit, charitable organization, SAHC works to conserve the unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, local farmland, scenic beauty, and places for people to enjoy outdoor recreation in the mountains of North Carolina and East Tennessee for the benefit of present and future generations. This position is being co-sponsored by our partner, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). ATC’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.
This position begins approximately May 14th and ends August 18, 2020 (possibility of limited extension)
The Roan Naturalist represents the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club (TEHCC), as well as the Pisgah and Cherokee National Forests. The two primary responsibilities of the Roan Naturalist are to 1) Educate hikers about the sensitive ecology in the Highlands of Roan and Leave No Trace (LNT) outdoor ethics to minimize recreational impacts in the Appalachian Trail corridor, and 2) Perform basic ecology and stewardship functions in support of SAHC’s and ATC’s grassy balds and open areas management programs.