Job Opportunities

VISTA Development Assistant

Core responsibilities: The Development Assistant will work with the Outreach and Development Coordinator to increase overall funding and sustainability for ALT programs, through fundraising, resource development, event planning, community outreach, collaboration and networking. Specific duties include:

  1. Raise funds through grant writing, special events, and direct appeals for donations, including organizational memberships
  2. Oversee fundraising campaigns and events
  3. Work with staff and board to diversify and expand sources of funding
  4. Maintain a database of grants and timelines to help ensure efficient reporting.
  5. Help to brainstorm and plan new, profitable fundraisers/events
  6. Assist with the implementation of a new web-based grant/donor database.
  7. Maintain the database of members/donors and ensure timely communication with donors.
  8. Work with staff to increase public awareness of ALT


The ideal candidate has the following characteristics:

  • Previous experience in grant writing/fundraising
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people;
  • Flexibility to be both a team player and a self-starter, comfortable in a supporting role and in working independently;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong verbal and written communication skills.

This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position. Please visit to learn more.


Please contact Kelsey Thompson at or call 706-613-0122


VISTA Volunteer Coordinator

 Core responsibilities: The Volunteer Coordinator will establish a volunteer program at Athens Land Trust to utilize the volunteer resources in our community to increase the impact of our programs.  Specific duties include:

  1. Work with Athens Land Trust (ALT) staff to establish volunteer opportunities within ALT’s programs of Affordable Housing and Community Agriculture
  2. Establish policies and procedures for ALT’s Volunteer Program.
  3. Recruit and train new volunteers; determine interests and skills; schedule work times.
  4. Track volunteer hours.
  5. Create and maintain database of volunteers’ contact information and interests.
  6. Motivate and thank volunteers.
  7. Prepare materials and make presentations as needed.
  8. Maintain inventory of needed tools in working condition.
  9. Supervise volunteers during projects.
  10. Assist ALT staff in utilizing volunteers.
  11. Develop and maintain resources and resource lists for volunteers and volunteer opportunities.
  12. Develop positive relationships with a variety of stakeholders including residents of low-income communities, partner agencies/organizations, and donors.
  13. Monitor and evaluate the program to ensure positive volunteer experiences for both ALT and individual volunteers.
  14. Attend staff meetings


The ideal candidate has the following characteristics:

  • The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people;
  • Flexibility to be both a team player and a self-starter, comfortable in a supporting role and in working independently;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in working with volunteers and with people from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.

This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position. Please visit to learn more.


Please contact Kelsey Thompson at or call 706-613-0122

See our volunteer and internship page for more opportunities to get involved with Athens Land Trust!


FoodCorps Service Member

FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to healthy food in school. FoodCorps places these leaders in limited-resource schools for a year of public service where they teach hands-on lessons in growing, cooking and tasting food, collaborate with food service staff to steer students towards the healthiest options in the cafeteria, and work alongside school administrators and teachers to foster a schoolwide culture of health.

Our FoodCorps Service Member works within our Education Department to help implement our farm to school programming. ALT is working with the local school system to expand school gardens and incorporate fresh food grown on school grounds into cafeteria meals. Our FoodCorps service members use this program to engage students in learning experiences around gardening, nutrition, and food justice.

Our FoodCorps service member will be in Clarke County elementary schools. At these schools, our FoodCorps service members will serve with partner teachers to bring the entire seed to fork experience to students. They will provide hands-on garden learning, cooking demos, nutrition lessons, and food justice lessons.

Students served: Elementary School

Helpful languages: Spanish

Community type: Urban

Number of staff at service site: 20

Access to a car: Helpful



 Northeast Georgia Cooperative Weed Management Area (NGCWMA) Coordinator

Coordinator Job Description

The Cooperative Weed Management Area Coordinator will be the critical element in fostering collaboration and increasing on-the-ground invasive species management projects in the Athens region. The full-time position will work with numerous project partners to achieve outcomes associated with the supporting grant funds. They will be involved in program development, project management, and capacity building for the project partners including Athens Land Trust, Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, Weed Warriors, UGA Extension, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens-Clarke County Office of Sustainability, and New Urban Forestry.

Key Responsibilities

  • Increase Capacity: The NGCWMA Coordinator will coordinate and lead bi-monthly partner meetings, improve connections between federal, state, and local levels of management, and facilitate new partnerships that will lead to more and improved implementation opportunities for both partner organizations and private landowners. To achieve these goals, the Coordinator will help develop publications, formalize and disseminate best management practices (BMPs), deliver workshops, and work closely with project partners to increase on-the-ground implementation.


  • Workshops: Develop and coordinate the successful implementation of three seasonal workshops over the project period. These workshops will teach methods specific to managing invasive species in Georgia’s Piedmont forests and meadows.


  • Outreach: Support project partners in developing educational opportunities and distributing effective publications for managing invasive species in the Georgia Piedmont. Example publications include species-specific management hand-outs, the Audubon Society’s Backyard Sanctuary Program materials, and a Piedmont-focused “No Plant” list following the model of the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch publication.


  • Invasive species management: support implementation of new demonstration practices. Develop an invasive species management fee-for-service “Hot Shot” crew, which will require training and managing a crew of at-risk youth employees who will manage invasive plants on public and private lands.


  • 1:1 Consultation: Work with private landowners and serve as a clearinghouse for local agencies and NGOs, helping private landowners assess and implement BMPs on their land with the assistance and resources available from NGCWMA partners, working especially closely with the University of Georgia Extension Master Gardener Program.


Additional Requirements Applicable to All ALT Employees

    • Maintain regular in-office hours to answer email and phone inquiries, contribute to emerging projects, and coordinate with fellow staff, etc.
    • Contribute to quarterly newsletters, monthly and annual reports, brochures and other educational materials as related to program(s) of primary responsibility as well as overall organization
    • Assist with fundraising (including, but not limited to, grant applications, special events, and meeting with potential donors)
    • Attend weekly staff meetings and prepare detailed timesheets
    • Be part of a team—provide support for all staff members in their respective duties




Knowledge of:

  • General knowledge of the various types of invasive plant species that affect and/or threaten the Georgia Piedmont landscape.
  • Principles, practices, and methods of invasive plant species mitigation and prevention.
  • Use of computers and computer applications related to invasive species program work and project management
  • Principles of work coordination and training.

Experience with:

  • Project development and management
  • Workshop development and planning
  • Multi-stakeholder coordination
  • Volunteer and crew management and achieving on-the-ground outcomes
  • Managing a crew of at-risk youth employees
  • Grant reporting and project tracking
  • Developing outreach programs and educational materials using a variety of software programs including the Microsoft and Adobe Creative Suites

Ability to:


  • Work with limited supervision, being resourceful and self-motivated
  • Navigate using map, compass and GPS and to work alone in remote locations
  • Confidently lead groups in education and volunteer activities
  • Facilitate stakeholder meetings to achieve beneficial discussion


To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to