Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps

The Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps (GAVCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to connect young adults to meaningful conservation service. GAVCC engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the region. GAVCC works with a variety of land management agencies throughout the state such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Historic District. Projects vary but could include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, historical restoration, and boundary marking, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Individual Placements and Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.  

Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. GAVCC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.  

Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps New Market, VA, USA
Dec 17, 2018
Internship- Paid
Position Dates: February 2019 - February 2020 Pay Rate: $472.22 bi-weekly + AmeriCorps Education Award ($5,920.00)   Status: AmeriCorps VISTA – 1 year   Position Summary:   The AmeriCorps VISTA Development and Engagement Coordinator will work to develop a sustainable trail service club to engage next generation youth and young adults from underserved communities in the Shenandoah Valley, Northern Virginia and the greater Washington DC metropolitan area. This service club will provide structured, safe, and challenging service opportunities, educational opportunities and an ethic of natural resource stewardship. The VISTA will work within communities to identify and recruit participants, partners, and community advocates to build a sustainable program. The VISTA will collaborate with GAVCC and Shenandoah National Park in the logistics, facilitation and planning of four trail service projects for the club. The VISTA will identify, develop and implement conservation skills trainings and professional development opportunities for members and participants. Participate in and expand GAVCC recruitment and retention strategies for service club members and conservation crew participants.   General Qualifications:     To qualify, you must be over the age of 18, a US citizen, have received a high school diploma or GED and be a college graduate. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.   Preferred Qualifications:   Strong organizational skills   Passion for environmental stewardship and the outdoors   Background in outreach and communication   Local to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia  
Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps New Market, Virginia
Dec 17, 2018
Internship- Paid
Position Dates: March 25 - May 31 (300 hour AmeriCorps Service Term) Pay Rate: $275/week + $1,289 AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion Multiple positions open until filled. Position Summary: The goal of the Leadership Development Program (LDP) is to provide participants with a variety of training focused on hard skills as well as leadership through peer leadership activities to prepare members for leadership roles within the conservation corps setting. Upon completion of the Leadership Development Program, members are encouraged to apply for leadership positions. Placement in a leadership position is not guaranteed, and will be based upon qualifications, performance, work ethic, and ability. This is an exciting opportunity to work on an AmeriCorps conservation crew with the Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps. These crews will partner with local public land managers to accomplish meaningful projects to support trail construction and ecological health. Typically, Corpsmembers will camp out in the field and complete project work for 9 days at a time followed by 4-5 days off. This schedule may vary depending upon project partner needs. Meals are provided while in the field. Responsibilities: As an AmeriCorps program participant, work effectively as member of crew; perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapts to various climates; camps overnight outdoors in wilderness areas near work sites for short or extended periods of time; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills and outdoor living skills; actively participate in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.  General Qualifications:     To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 27, and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.   Preferred Qualifications:   Previous conservation or corps experience   Demonstrated initiative    Leadership   Adaptability   Professionalism   Community-Building