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Jobs & Internships

Thank you for your interest in working for Lookout Mountain Conservancy.

Career Opportunities

AmeriCorps VISTA - Curriculum Developer

Location of Service: Chattanooga-Lookout Mountain Conservancy

Office Address: 3085 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37408

Mailing Address: PO Box 76, Lookout Mountain, TN 37350



Lookout Mountain Conservancy (LMC) leads the way in community-centered conservation and environmental education by providing equitable and inclusive access to the Mountain’s natural beauty, wildlife habitats, recreational opportunities, and places of historical significance. LMC focuses on conservation and education to preserve Lookout Mountain’s critical habitats while fostering workforce development among urban teens.



Goal of the Project:

The Curriculum Developer VISTA will build LMC’s capacity for conservation and education that serves impoverished communities by developing curricula that foster leadership development, workforce readiness, and conservation education, benefitting impoverished and under-resourced urban youth.

  • Identify and implement a data collection system for metrics related to participants in LMC’s Howard School Leadership Program
  • Gather and input data on all current and past participants of LMC’s Howard School Leadership Program
  • Review research and literature and relevant standards related to outdoor programming and project-based learning with disadvantaged youths
  • Establish quantitative and qualitative program metrics and data collection and evaluation methods
  • Develop program curricula for The Howard School Leadership Program that fosters participant success according to desired programmatic outcomes and key performance indicators
  • Monitor curriculum implementation and collect, track, and evaluate data based on identified metrics
  • Identify funding needs and opportunities for LMC’s Howard School Leadership Program curriculum design and implementation

The VISTA member in this position will have the opportunity to gain the following skills/credentials:

  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Education methods
  • Curriculum development
  • Networking
  • Fundraising/Grant writing



  • 21+ years and Bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, sociology, social work, environmental sciences, or other relevant field
  • Technical knowledge related to:
    • Microsoft Office
    • Google Workspace
    • Data collection and analysis
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work independently
  • Work in a creative team structure
  • Work in a small office setting in close proximity to other staff or people
  • Sit at a computer for long periods of time, climb stairs, and carry up to 50 pounds



Program: VISTA

Organization: Lookout Mountain Conservancy

Organization Type: Non-profit

Term Length: 12 months (August 12, 2024 – August 11, 2025)

Average Hours: Full-time, 35-40 hours/week

Focus: Capacity Building – Education, Conservation, Recreation

Populations Served: All

Core Activities: Curriculum development, Program evaluation, Data collection and analysis, Fundraising/Grant Writing, Networking

Service Environment: Both indoor and outdoor

Living Allowance: $22,881

Education Award: $6,895 (or $1,800 cash stipend at end of service)

Relocation Benefit: up to $750 (if moving >50 miles)

Other Benefits: AmeriCorps Healthcare Allowance or Benefit Plan, AmeriCorps Childcare Benefit, Non-competitive eligibility upon completion of service


Equity and Inclusion: Lookout Mountain Conservancy (LMC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will take action to ensure that members and employees are treated equally without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, romantic/sexual orientation, age, handicap, cultural or religious convictions. LMC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the recruitment/employment process.

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Volunteer Opportunities

We are always looking for great volunteers. Read how past volunteers have contributed and check out our volunteer opportunities for ideas on how we can work together.

Join us and leave your mark on the Mountain.

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Lydia on Lookout

Lookout Mountain has been a part of Lydia McWilliams’ life for 20 years, since the time her parents purchased a home and chose to raise their family on the mountain.

Three years ago, when Lydia left town for Baylor College, she didn’t realize how much she would miss the Mountain. She contacted CEO Robyn Carlton last spring, and asked if there was something she could do. Her timing was serendipitous. Just that week, Robyn had posted an announcement with local colleges, in search of a summer intern.

Thank you, Lydia for leaving your mark on the Mountain and on us.

For information on Lookout Mountain Conservancy’s Summer 2022 Internship opportunities, contact

Dawson, Ryan and Ellie

The All Girls Volunteer Corps

Three years ago, three friends, Dawson, Ryan and Ellie, pulled up at the Old Wahautchie Pike parking lot ready to volunteer for trail work on the mountain. They have returned every summer since.

Always prepared for a full day’s work, they arrive early in the morning, pitching in wherever needed: cutting back forest overgrowth, hauling rocks, identifying and destroying invasives and creating a sense of teamwork in playing games with our many youth volunteers. Thank you Dawson, Ryan and Ellie for three years of your muscle on the Mountain.

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Work on the mountain provides life-skills for our participating interns.

Help us grow

Every day there are high school students waiting to join our conservation programs, families wanting to save their lands and miles of trails to be maintained.

Help us grow our community impact.

If you would like to sponsor an internship or staff position, please email or call Robyn Carlton, CEO, at 423-424-3882.