Appalachian Headwaters is a nonprofit organization focused on environmental education and restoration of native ecosystems in central Appalachia. Appalachian Headwaters creates and supports a wide range of environmental programs, including the Appalachian Pollinator Center: an environmental education and research program focused on the ecology of pollinators and native plants. Appalachian Headwaters’ reforestation program focuses on restoring native forests on former mountaintop removal coal mining sites in central Appalachia. That program is now in the process of establishing native forests and restoring streams on two former mines totaling over 5,000 acres. Our native plant program propagates and grows many of the plants for our pollinator habitat and reforestation projects from seeds and other materials collected from local forests. We operate Camp Waldo, an environmentally focused summer camp for children in our region. We are also expanding our environmental education program in public schools and creating a network to support environmental educators in central Appalachia.
We are hiring an ecologist to help plan and eventually work in our environmental education program with a main goal of extending and managing our citizen science programs focused on Appalachian ecology and environmental issues. The program is based in Lewisburg, WV with some travel to surrounding counties.
Our ideal candidate will have a PhD in ecology, agriculture, horticulture, entomology, forestry, or another relevant field. The candidate must be compatible with our program mission, including a dedication to environmental protection, organic plant growing and restoration of native ecosystems. The candidate should also be able to work closely and respectfully with our members and communities throughout rural West Virginia and Virginia.
Create and teach environmental education program content related to issues of Appalachian ecology, including native plants and pollinators as well as environmental impacts of human activities on our ecosystem
Help develop policies, educational programming, and research projects at the pollinator center
Working to develop and strengthen community science programs with regional schools and organizations
Ecological data assessment/analysis and collaboration with researchers who may visit our Appalachian Headwaters properties
Help support native plant program in the greenhouse and gardens
Help support reforestation projects
PhD in ecology, agriculture, forestry, horticulture, entomology or another relevant field
Strong environmental ethic
Preference for a candidate engaged with environmental policy issues (e.g. climate, deforestation, pollution, environmental degradation)
Appalachian Headwaters is a nonprofit organization working to develop sustainable economic opportunities while restoring damaged ecosystems in central Appalachia.
Our current programs include community beekeeping, mined land restoration, and native plant horticultural — all designed and implemented to create local, long-term jobs.
Our staff works with leading experts to restore productive native hardwood forests and improve water quality on former surface mine sites in our region. Our Appalachian Beekeeping Collective and Native Plant Horticulture Initiative programs focus on teaching and supporting people in our region as they learn to participate in growth industries. We help displaced or underemployed workers to earn income while repairing our natural environment.