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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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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

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.


There are no jobs available at this time. Please join our email list and/or follow us on Facebook to be notified of new job postings. 


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/CV to

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