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Join AmeriCorps

Joining AmeriCorps &

the Environmental Conservation Corps

What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a voluntary civil society program that engages adults in public service work with a goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.”

AmeriCorps members serve directly with nonprofit organizations to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges. Through a term of service that could last from a few months to a year, AmeriCorps members gain work experience and develop in-demand skills. AmeriCorps members are compensated with a stipend or living allowance and often receive an education award or scholarship upon completing their service. Additionally, Corps programs provide participants educational programming, mentoring, and access to career and personal counseling. AmeriCorps members represent the best of America: tirelessly serving people and communities across the country.

We offer several different types of program opportunities and experiences, including our “Education Award Program” (EAP), which typically supports undergraduate and graduate students up to age 28, and our “Opportunity Youth Service Initiative” (OYSI) program, which serves at-risk and economically disadvantaged persons aged 17-24 experiencing barriers.

Position Descriptions:

Currently recruiting all positions for the 2024 OYSI program!

Why Join the Environmental Conservation Corps?


Environmental Conservation Corps members participate in a diverse array of urgently needed and front-line conservation activities in communities and protected places across the Lowcountry region –all while learning new skills, building confidence and leadership, developing life-long relationships, and serving your community. Our graduates will tell you that it is a life-changing experience that you won’t forget!

Members will restore wildlife habitat and ecosystems, construct rain gardens, build urban gardens to increase food access, plant native species plants, perform erosion control and water quality monitoring, construct and repair trails, bridges, and boardwalks, and retrofit houses with energy and water conservation measures.

Members receive in-demand training and certifications, classroom and field experiences, a bi-weekly stipend, access to potential jobs, and an education award upon graduation. Both 6 month and 1-year service terms are available.



No prior experience is necessary.

Ages 17-24.

All race and gender identities are encouraged to apply.

Persons with a part-time job, no current employment, and part-time students.

High school diploma or on track to earn GED.

Persons with criminal backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please note: Persons convicted of murder or sexual offenses are not eligible as per AmeriCorps guidelines.

Each participant will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test result prior to start date.

Reliable transportation to and from The Sustainability Institute is required for participation.

Expectations of Corporate Members

A commitment to either 6 months or 12 months of service.

Outstanding representation of The Sustainability Institute, the Corps Network, and AmeriCorps - AmeriCorps members should uphold and represent our core values including: Professionalism, Community Service, Responsibility, Safety, and Respect.

Excellent communication: swift responses to calls, texts and emails.

Adherence to COVID-19 safety policies, procedures, and protocols.

How to Apply?

Complete This Online Application


Contact Us

Marni Friedman
Director of Conservation, The Sustainability Institute