NCEF has been awarded a grant to bring on full-time and half-time AmeriCorps members to serve as Conservation Directors for our Common Ground Program. We are currently recruiting members to serve in the following locations: Lincoln, Omaha, Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings, York, North Platte, and Scottsbluff.

The term of service will begin September 1, 2018 and end August 31st, 2019. There is an opportunity to start serving prior to September 1 in a part time capacity.

Position Details: 

Title: Nebraska Conservation Director, AmeriCorps Member with the NCEF Common Ground Program

Company: Nebraska Conservation Education Fund (NCEF). A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing the public’s knowledge of Nebraska’s most important conservation issues.

Work Schedule: Full time and Half time positions available. Term of service is Sept. 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019, with opportunity for continuation upon performance evaluation.

Part time work outside of service hours is permitted.

Purpose: If you care deeply about our state and ensuring that Nebraska has a bright future, this opportunity is for you.

In this position, you will be an AmeriCorps Member leading NCEF’s Common Ground Program in one of our Nebraska regions. The purpose of the Common Ground Program is to build a statewide infrastructure of Nebraskans who care deeply about conservation and who are knowledgeable about how to manage Nebraska’s natural resources. You will be responsible for leading this work in your region of the state. This position provides you with an excellent opportunity to learn management skills and take leadership in a new, innovative program.  

What is AmeriCorps?: As an AmeriCorps member with NCEF, you will join an impressive cohort of service-minded Americans from across the country. AmeriCorps is a civil society program engaging adults in public service work with a goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.”

Position Description:

As an AmeriCorps member with NCEF, you will build local capacity to manage Nebraska’s resources by increasing knowledge of and concern for the most important conservation issues facing our state. You will recruit, coach, and support local community volunteers in implementing conservation projects, and build partnerships between conservation professionals, local and state government, and your fellow community members.

Your Responsibilities Will Include:

  • Recruiting community volunteers in each of the communities in your region.
  • Helping community volunteers organize monthly educational events and/or community discussions focused on conservation issues.
  • Helping community volunteers organize monthly service learning projects that benefit local partners, such as the Natural Resources Districts, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, or local nonprofit organizations that focus on conservation. These service learning projects include (but are not limited to) water testing, planting native grasses, or expanding recycling efforts.
  • Assisting in the development of long-term conservation projects.
  • Phone banking and canvassing
  • Maintaining accurate contact records of every person who engages with the Common Ground Programming listed above.
  • Manage collection and analysis of surveys measuring increased knowledge about conservation issues and/or belief that it is important to responsibly manage our natural resources.
  • Expanding and strengthening partnerships between NCEF and local entities and organizations already working on conservation issues in the region.
  • Weekly reporting of time, mileage, and any other requirements as directed by the Program Director.
  • Other activities as directed by NCEF’s AmeriCorps Program Director.

Benefits of Serving as an AmeriCorps Member with NCEF:

  • Living stipend of $12,630
  • Health insurance stipend (unless you already receive health insurance through another provider).
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($5,815). You can use your education award to repay qualified student loans and to pay certain educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.
  • Become part of a prestigious network of AmeriCorps Members from across the country.

Location: We are currently recruiting AmeriCorps members for all regions in the state (office locations will be in Lincoln, Omaha, York, Grand Island, North Platte, Columbus, and Scottsbluff).

Minimum Education Level: Highschool diploma or GED

You are:

  • A self-starter
  • Outgoing
  • Dependable
  • Innovative
  • Motivated
  • Hardworking
  • A team-player

We are:

  • Dedicated to your professional growth
  • Approachable
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Making Nebraska an even better place to live

Other Requirements: Car and driver’s license needed

Service Areas:

Community Outreach, Community and Economic Development, Conservation  



Send your resume to to apply, and please include in your subject line the region that you are applying for.

NCEF provides equal opportunity for all.  We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment or service because of race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper criterion.

 All AmeriCorps members have the right to request a reasonable accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of their position.  Reasonable accommodations may be provided upon request. If you are a person with a disability and you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact:  Chelsea Johnson, Program Director, 402-274-7623 or