Join Our Virtual Citizens Planning Academy

This online, interactive course is designed to help Greenville residents, business owners, and neighborhood leaders understand processes that drive local planning and land use policy decisions, as well as the roles and perspectives of diverse stakeholders. Eight one-hour lunch and learn-style sessions will take place over Zoom beginning on Wednesdays in April.

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Upstate Forever is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization relying on generous contributions from people like you. Here’s how you can help Upstate Forever defend your natural resources and promote balanced growth.

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Volunteer

Upstate Forever currently offers the following categories of volunteering work: 

  • Event activities may include managing event registration, coordinating with UF staff and other volunteers, setting up and breaking down of event equipment, organizing and administering event materials and refreshments, monitoring event progress, assisting attendees, providing information, and advocacy activities. Event volunteers provide their own transportation and personal equipment (including mobile phones and cameras), if needed.
  • Stewardship involves accompanying a member of the Land Stewardship Team to conservation easement properties throughout the Upstate region to conduct annual site visits.  Volunteers should be physically able to spend several hours hiking in a variety of natural environments, some of which involve steep terrain and an absence of trails.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the Volunteer Application and Waiver form and send it to Ginger Goldsmith at ggoldsmith@upstateforever.org.

You can also become a citizen water monitor through the SC Adopt A Stream program, which is led in partnership by SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and the CU Center for Watershed Excellence. Upstate Forever was instrumental in advocating for a statewide Adopt A Stream program.

Jobs

Upstate Forever has no open positions at this time. To receive updates about future opportunities, join our email newsletter list at upstateforever.org/email, or follow us on social media on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

Internships

Upstate Forever does not have internships on a regular schedule, but we do occasionally engage interns for specific projects based on qualifications and availability. If you would like to be considered for future opportunities, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@upstateforever.org.

What’s Happening

Citizens

Citizens Planning Academy

Our interactive land use planning and policy course is going online this spring and expanding to eight one-hour, virtual lunch and learn sessions. Greenville residents, business owners, and neighborhood leaders are invited to apply now.

Environmental

Environmental Justice

Watch the recording of a recent panel discussion featuring representatives from community and environmental groups and find resources to get involved with environmental justice issues in Upstate South Carolina.

2000+

2000+ acres in 2020

Our nationally-accredited land trust protected 2,176 acres of private and public farmlands, forests, and greenspace across the 10-county Upstate SC region in 2020.

2021

2021 advocacy priorities

Our team advocates for local and state policies that will help further our mission to protect the critical lands, waters, and unique character of Upstate South Carolina.

Greenville

Greenville County UDO

Greenville County is drafting a new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to replace current zoning and land development regulations that will decide how growth impacts current and future residents and the environment.

Defend

Defend our water quality

As our region grows, it’s more important than ever to recognize the tremendous value of water — and to fight to protect it.

IT’S NOW OR NEVER

Preserve our region’s character

Growth in the Upstate is skyrocketing. We must act immediately to protect our region’s natural resources and unique character from unchecked sprawl and short-sighted development practices. Join our mailing list to receive news, updates, and action alerts.

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