Current AmeriCorps Member: Jodie Clouser & Lian McGuire
Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018
Ijams Nature Center evolved from humble beginnings during the early twentieth century as a gathering point for birders. Over the years, Ijams Nature Center, as a non-profit organization and public nature preserve, has grown in size and stature to become the region’s leading wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center incorporating Mead’s and Ross Marble quarries. Ijams works to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences. With over 300 -acres of greenspace, 12 miles of hiking, biking, climbing, and paddle boarding on-site, Ijams has been voted one of the top three attractions in Knoxville and boasts unparalleled sites of urban wilderness.
Ijams offers numerous engaging and fun educational programs for adults, families and schools that encourage outdoor exploration. They also host multiple events including Symphony in the Park, Meadowlark Music Festival and River Rescue, which helps remove thousands of lbs of trash and debris from our waterways each year.
There are three positions available at this site. The Naturalist coordinates and conducts a range of educational programs as well as helps with event planning and management. The Park Ranger helps with trail maintenance and other park construction, and finally the River Ranger maintains water quality and health of the river beds within the park and supports education efforts.
Partner Website: http://ijams.org/