Employment

Join The American Chestnut Foundation in its mission to restore the iconic American chestnut to its native range!


The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is a nonprofit conservation, education, and scientific organization with 20+ staff members located from Vermont to North Carolina, an 18-member board, and an annual budget of 3 million dollars. Founded in 1983 and based in Asheville, NC, TACF and its 16 state chapters are employing traditional breeding and modern genomics to develop, and ultimately restore, American chestnut populations. TACF is primarily supported by private philanthropy and targeted research funding. TACF is dedicated to prioritizing a diverse and inclusive workplace and continually integrates Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) into our corporate culture.

The American chestnut is a symbol for the hope that exists for all threatened species. TACF has played the lead role in rescuing this species through its innovative breeding and genetic research for four decades. TACF’s long-term goal is to create self-sustaining populations, with disease-resistant trees growing stronger in each succeeding generation. TACF is restoring a growing legacy for decades and centuries to come.

Open Postions

Operations Specialist

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) seeks to hire a highly organized full-time Operations Specialist. The Operations Specialist is the face of TACF as the first point of contact for all visitors to the national office in Asheville. They will balance a variety of responsibilities and possess a high degree of flexibility, professional attitude, and take initiative. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of a nonprofit environment and a strong commitment to service. 

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Application Process

Interested candidates should apply via this form. Please include a resume, cover letter, and three professional references. The application close date is March 22, 2024 at 12:00 pm. TACF will acknowledge receipt of all applications. Note that we are not accepting phone inquiries regarding this open position, so please do not contact TACF via phone.

Meadowview Research Farm Intern

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) seeks to hire a Farm Intern who will work with staff on annually recurring farm operations and assist with research projects. Specifically, the Farm Intern will support the farms in the continued management and improvement of chestnut orchards and conducting science that adds to the organizational mission of TACF. The Farm Intern will have the opportunity to participate in activities including, but not limited to, fungus propagation, field inoculations, pollination, data collection, and seedling management including Integrated Pest Management strategies and irrigation/fertilization.

View additional information about this position here.

Application Process

Interested candidates should apply via this form. Please include a resume and cover letter. Application close date is Saturday, March 2, 2024. TACF will acknowledge receipt of all applications. Note that we are not accepting phone inquiries regarding this open position, so please do not contact TACF via phone.

TACF’s COVID Statement

Out of an abundance of concern for our staff and the communities that we serve, TACF continues to closely monitor COVID 19 pandemic developments and adjust our actions according to CDC and statutory guidelines.  As a science-based organization, we request all applicants be fully vaccinated for this disease unless there is a legal exemption.


 

TACF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing an equal opportunity to all qualified individuals who are seeking employment, and to all current employees. A Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) ethic is a priority and is being continually integrated into TACF’s corporate culture which is dedicated to supporting a diverse, inclusive workplace. TACF does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual or gender preference, veteran status, disability, pregnancy or related condition, ancestry, medical condition, physical handicap, or any other protected class or status.

TACF is a certified living wage employer dedicated to a just and sustainable economy.

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