About Project Conserve

Past Alumni

Kyle Pursel

I was a member in 2010-2011 at the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust as the Stewardship & Outreach Coordinator. I have always had a passion for conservation and AmeriCorps Project Conserve allowed me to take that passion and start a career in conservation. My time with Project Conserve directly led to me achieving my quintessential dream job as the full time Stewardship Coordinator at the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. Furthermore, through Project Conserve I met some truly amazing people whom I now consider friends and colleagues. The skills and opportunities opened up by AmeriCorps have been invaluable to me and I highly recommend others to do their part in serving their community through Project Conserve and other AmeriCorps programs!

Rebekah Robinson

I was the Land Program Associate at CMLC in 2009-2010.  I was hired as Land Protection Coordinator for a year and then I became Administrative Director.  After law school I was working as an attorney in Raleigh but I knew I wanted to work for a non-profit environmental or conservation organization in the mountains.  AmeriCorps Project Conserve opened up the door for me to move here and learn the ropes of land conservation.  I’m so grateful to be one of those very lucky people that loves what they do and where they do it!

Kathryn Blau

I was a member in 2006-2007 at RiverLink as the Volunteer Coordinator. I was lucky to get hired at RiverLink the following year as the Education Coordinator and launched their K-12 programs and summer camp. I also did an AmeriCorps year in Portland, OR at the Northwest Service Academy (now the Confluence Environmental Center) as the Ecological Restoration Team Leader.

I'm now happy to be back in Asheville and working with an amazing non-profit called the Ashevillage Institute as the Program Outreach and Administration Coordinator. I am also a student in their Urban Farm School that just started and am coordinating logistics for that.

I owe so much of my career path to APC and RiverLink and am so grateful to have had the opportunity! I'm often talking about my experience and encouraging folks to apply as a member or a host site (which Ashevillage may consider at some point!)