Position Dates: July 18 – October 8, 2021 (12 weeks) Dates are flexible
Pay Rate: $400/week + $1,638.89 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of a 450 hour AmeriCorps National Service Term
Status: Full-Time/Seasonal/Temporary 
Location: Based out of St. Paul, VA
Contact: Questions? Email [email protected]

Position Summary:

The Stream Sweepers Individual Placement is an internship position based at St. Paul in Virginia, serving with the Center for Natural Capital and Stream Sweepers program on the Clinch River Cleanup. Participants will support in the removal of garbage, litter, and large objects from the Clinch River as part of ongoing restoration efforts.

Stream Sweepers Individual Placements must be able to consistently lift 30+ pounds daily, in direct sunlight. Sweepers must be able to swim and have reliable transportation. Some canoe/kayak experience is preferred but training is also provided. The typical schedule throughout the season will be Monday – Friday usually 8a-4p, depending on weather. On rainy days, Sweepers will provide support at boat launches by cleaning and make necessary repairs to canoes and equipment.

A typical day includes: Meet at the St. Paul Pool parking lot to go over plans for the day, load up and head to the launch. Hit the water and begin picking up trash along the way down to the exit point. Unload trash from boats into trucks and trailer then load boats onto trailer. Part of the crew heads to the trash dump and part heads to unload tires, time permitting. Once trash/tires are unloaded, head back to the St. Paul Town Pool for final closing comments of the day.

This job is physically demanding and extremely rewarding. Sweepers are making a lasting difference in the community and the environment. The removal of trash and tires is not only for aesthetics, but it also improves the quality of the river and its inhabitants. This is an opportunity to give back to the community while enjoying the beauty of the Clinch River Valley!


$400/week living stipend, paid bi-weekly
$1,638.89 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of a 450 hour service term (award amount varies based on length of commitment and can be used for paying off federal student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college) 
Possible student loan forbearance 
Member Assistance Program – 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist 
Uniform shirts provided 
On-the-job training 
Additional subject-specific certifications and trainings may be offered
Depending upon the academic institution and program, Individual Placement positions may fulfill academic internship requirements 
Professional development opportunities (mentorship, resume support, alumni listserv, etc.) and exposure to natural resource career paths 

Tagged as: Conservation


General Qualifications:

To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30 (or up to age 35 for recent era veterans), and a US Citizen, National, or Legal Permanent Resident 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 Skills:

Preferred Qualifications:

Ability to swim
Comfortable working on boats/water everyday

About Appalachian Conservation Corps

Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to connect young adults to meaningful conservation service. ACC engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the region by working with a variety of land management agencies such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, and The Nature Conservancy. Interns and Crews 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. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. When not in the field, members are expected to find their own housing.

Application Instructions

To Apply: Follow the ACC link, https://jobs.silkroad.com/ConservationLegacy/Careers/jobs/2808 , and complete the application. Please include a resume and two references.