Eli Smith is serving as Kestrel’s AmeriCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator with the TerraCorps program from September 2019 through July 2020.
Eli recently completed an AmeriCorps term with Project Conserve, based in western North Carolina serving as a Trails Coordinator and is excited for another year of service with a new program. As a graduate of Appalachian State University, Eli received his B.S. in Recreation & Park Management and double minored in Geography and Sustainable Development. College internships and seasonal positions in Maine, Virginia, and North Carolina deepened his passion for public lands and environmental stewardship. Eli has held positions with the Blue Ridge Parkway, US Navy, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards, city and county governments and has volunteered with Wild South, and the friends of the Mountains-to-Sea trail in North Carolina. Eli likes to explore new places by foot, mountain bike, kayak, and enjoys finding great local food and beer.