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Applications are now being accepted for a Communications, Outreach & Engagement Manager position with the Hemlock Restoration Initiative!

The HRI Communications, Outreach, and Engagement Manager (COEM) is a creative and innovative thinker who can tell a compelling story in order to advance the program’s mission and communicate the impact of our work to targeted audiences by executing communications strategies and tactics on our website, blog, email, and social media platforms, as well as in-person information delivery. They will become familiar with all aspects of the HRI program through self-directed research and active participation in order to communicate effectively about program activities and accomplishments. This individual is a primary community liaison for the program and manages the program’s existing website and social media accounts, oversees the production of digital newsletters, assists with planning and execution of public outreach events, and provides the organization with general outreach support.

The COEM works closely and collaborates with the HRI program director and other staff members, including the oversight of AmeriCorps service members. The ideal candidate will believe in the program’s mission, embrace a positive, collegial culture, and relish being part of a small, evolving team during a time of institutional growth.

This position is an excellent opportunity to be a member of a dynamic team, play an influential role in addressing an important forest health issue, and be part of the extensive conservation community within Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians.

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This will be a year-round, part-time position (average 32 hrs/week) with flexible scheduling, requiring some nights, weekends, and multi-day trips throughout the year. Annual salary of $33,000-$36,000, depending on experience. This is a new position for HRI based at our office in Asheville, NC, with a desired start date of August 21st (negotiable). Therefore, all potential applicants are encouraged to express their interest and/or submit an application quickly. The position is open until filled.

How to apply: Email a cover letter, resume, three references, and work samples as attachments with the email subject line “2023 HRI COEM Position Application” to Please submit attached documents as PDFs.

Program description: The Hemlock Restoration Initiative is a grant-funded program managed by WNC Communities’ Forestry Education LLC. HRI’s mission is to work with a variety of partners and existing programs to restore hemlocks to long-term health throughout North Carolina and ensure that eastern and Carolina hemlocks can resist hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and survive to maturity on North Carolina’s public and private lands. This is accomplished through establishing hemlock conservation areas, implementing chemical and biological control of HWA, supporting the restoration efforts of partner agencies, and educating private landowners and others on the importance of hemlocks and how they can help conserve hemlocks on their own properties or as volunteers on larger public lands projects.

WNC Communities’ Forestry Education LLC is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual preference, or other non-merit-based factors or any other classification protected by applicable law. People with diverse skills and experience are encouraged to apply.