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Executive Director

Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area

Elkins, WV

Full time



Applications are sought through mid-July, with rolling interviews, but we will accept applications until the position is filled.

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Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area (AFNHA) is seeking an Executive Director to lead our organization. This executive level staff position will have primary responsibility for leading our National Heritage Area, supervising staff and programs, and implementing our Management Plan.

Who are We?

Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area was designated as a National Heritage Area in 2019, having successfully operated independently prior to that designation for over 15 years. We work with partners in 18 counties of West Virginia and western Maryland in support of forest heritage, including conservation, community development, and tourism. See for more information. 

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a strong and flexible leader who will oversee our staff team in implementing the AFNHA management plan. We are seeking a team leader who can fill the duties that the organization needs, and who will exemplify competence, communication, collaboration, integrity, and commitment. Commitment to our non-profit mission is important. Our staff team operates collaboratively, with considerable independence, self-direction, and accountability from each position. The position will be located in AFNHA Elkins office, and will require occasional travel around the area.

The founding ED is retiring by January 2024 and will participate in mentoring, training, and transition. We would like to select the replacement ED and bring them on board several months ahead of her retirement, to become familiar with the organization and duties, and to work together with her for a transition period.  


Responsibilities of the Executive Director will include: 

  • Organizational leadership

  • Long-term planning and vision

  • Support for, and accountability to, the Board of Directors

  • Supervision of staff 

  • Oversight of, and help with, implementation of our Management Plan

  • Oversight of financial administration, fund development, and sustainability

  • Partner relationships and collaboration

Executive Director will supervise and delegate staff and organizational responsibilities including:

  • Fundraising and grant writing

  • Communications and outreach

  • AmeriCorps program

  • Other AFNHA programs and partnerships

  • Some program implementation for selected programs

  • Operations including office, museum, and one historic building

  • Reporting and evaluation

Experience sought?

This position will need an experienced leader, bringing a strong and varied skill set to the position.  Experience with collaborative non-profit organizations, understanding of financial systems, grants and development, partner communications, strategic planning, and program management are expected. Experience or training related to at least some, if not all, of the subject areas we work in is helpful such as natural resource conservation, cultural heritage development, stewardship education, sustainable tourism, and community development. Minimum qualifications of degree and five years of experience in relevant field is required. 

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, public speaking, and fluency with technology will be expected. 

Experience with National Heritage Areas, non-profit management, National Service, and/or AFNHA communities is preferable. Expertise in one or more of the AFNHA program focus areas such as natural resource conservation, forest management and forest industry, outdoor recreation, heritage and historic preservation, cultural conservation, education and interpretation, sustainable tourism, and/or community development will be helpful. 


Applications are sought through mid-July, with rolling interviews, but we will accept applications until the position is filled. 

Start date by late-summer is preferred, but can be negotiable.

Compensation and Benefits: 

  • Starting salary of $65,000+ depending on experience

  • Paid Time Off & Holidays

  • Professional Training and Development

To Apply:

If you are interested in this staff opportunity with AFNHA, please email a resume with three references listed, along with a cover letter that indicates why you are interested and your availability. 

Museum Assistant 

Marion County Historical Society and Northern Appalachian Coal Mining Heritage Association

Fairmont, WV

Part time




Send resume to, attention Dora Grubb or, attention Mike Rohaly.

Two nonprofits would like to share a person to catalog and organize inventory and donated items and complete associated accession documents as needed as well as other jobs as directed by management.   The organizations are the Marion County Historical Society (MCHS) and the Northern Appalachian Coal Mining Heritage Association (NACMHA).  The physical locations are about 2 miles apart from each other in Fairmont.  Starting wage would be $10/hr. and would require 20-30 hrs./week.  There is also opportunity for advancement and a 40hr. week.  Send resume' to, attention Dora Grubb or, attention Mike Rohaly.

AmeriCorps Member

Appalachian Forest National Heritage Are

Monongahela Forest region

Full-time & part-time available

Living stipend is roughly $14,000 a year for full-time members, half of that for part-time. AmeriCorps members also receive an education bonus. 


AFNHA AmeriCorps members provide a year of service, allowing an individual to benefit local communities and landscapes while gaining professional development and strengthening their own skills. AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance stipend plus an education award upon completion.

AFNHA AmeriCorps members serve in a variety of positions at partner sites, within the following fields:

  • Conservation: Conserve natural resources including ecosystem restoration and land improvement, habitat monitoring, and environmental education, awareness, and outreach. Conservation members serve with federal or state agencies or non-profit organizations, in a variety of locations across our counties.

  • Heritage Community Development: Help rural communities with economic development, events, partnerships, and tourism based on their local assets and cultural resources. Develop and conserve local history and arts and encourage cultural heritage tourism. Potential sites include historical societies and museums, community development groups, and arts organizations.

More information about AmeriCorps is available at  

For AFNHA AmeriCorps site offerings, please check

AmeriCorps Member

Preservation Alliance of WV

Around the state

Full-time & part-time available

Living stipend is roughly $14,000 a year for full-time members, half of that for part-time. AmeriCorps members also receive an education bonus. 


Created in 2013, the Preserve WV AmeriCorps program is the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s statewide national service initiative where members help main streets thrive, help communities capture their local history, and preserve beloved West Virginia landmarks. The Preserve WV AmeriCorps program brings members to sites to implement techniques and theories related to historic preservation, capacity building, and cultural heritage tourism site development to revitalize our local communities and improve our economy. The primary objective of this program is to inject new life into the state’s declining economy by having members complete projects that will attract more private spending to West Virginia’s cultural heritage sites and those sites’ communities. 

The GOALS of Preserve WV are for members to


  • bring local history to life and enhance cultural heritage tourism opportunities​

  • increase visitation at cultural heritage sites

  • preserve historical resources helping transform blighted and underused places into community resources

  • build sites’ capacity to increase their efficiency, effectiveness, and/or program reach primarily through volunteer management.

AmeriCorps service is neither employment nor volunteering; it is a unique, paid, National Service opportunity that is similar to the Peace Corps.  AmeriCorps programs take multiple approaches to improving lives, fostering civic engagement, and addressing critical community needs through direct service. AmeriCorps’ official motto is “Get Things Done.”

​More information about AmeriCorps is available at  

For PAWV AmeriCorps site offerings, please check

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