Anyone who works or lives in Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany or Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, are invited to visit Grandfather Mountain for $3 per person during the month of December 2014 with proof of local employment or residency. In lieu of cash, you may each bring two cans of food per person for distribution to area food pantries. (MORE)
The Board of Directors of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is now accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.
This person will serve as the public face of the nonprofit and educate the region about the existence of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation and why the iconic mountain needs the support of everyone who loves it if our grandchildren are to enjoy the mountain the way we do today.
The late Hugh Morton opened Grandfather Mountain, with its famous Mile High Swinging Bridge, as a for-profit travel attraction in 1952. Wanting to see Morton’s vision continue into future generations, in 2009 his heirs created the nonprofit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation to own and operate the nature park in a way that inspires visitors to become better stewards of the earth.
“The Stewardship Foundation needs an enthusiastic communicator and a creative fundraiser,” said Board Secretary Catherine Morton. “Many people think that all of Grandfather Mountain is a state park, and they do not understand that the part of the mountain that includes the summit road, wildlife habitats, Nature Museum and Swinging Bridge is owned and operated by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
“Our new executive director will need to embrace the challenge of helping the public make the distinction between the nonprofit and the state park and pledge support for the nonprofit’s mission.”
A complete description of the position and the qualities the Stewardship Foundation seeks in a candidate can be found on the organization’s website at grandfathermountain.org.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume and references to email@example.com by midnight on Jan. 31, 2015.
The Board of Directors will review applications in early spring 2015 and have the new Executive Director in place by June 1, 2015.
The not-for-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, call (800) 468-7325 or visit www.grandfather.com to plan a trip.