Job Opportunities

Athens Land Trust is an innovative and adaptive community and conservation land trust in Georgia. We look for team members who are creative, deeply committed to advancing equity, and excited about embracing an evolving set of responsibilities and opportunities as the organization grows.

Athens Land Trust is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Housing Counselor

Job Responsibilities & Performance Standards:

  1. Provides assistance with financial counseling to ALT Affordable Housing Program clients.
  2. Manages client caseload, which includes:
  3. Developing strategies for addressing financial and business objectives;
  4. Interacting with clients, in a professional, responsive, helpful, and positive manner, within scheduled appointments as well as in followup calls, correspondence and contacts;
  5. Providing consultation /guidance on finance/ housing issues;
  6. Advocating to creditors, attorneys, benefit providers, and other resources on behalf of clients;
  7. Ensuring client files are complete, including appropriate information releases, file documentation, proper computer database entry, and related correspondence.
  8. Ensures that proper documentation is maintained for the Housing Counseling Program, including case files for individual clients and homebuyer education workshop participants; maintains web-based Client Management System;
  9. Ensures that all reporting (CDBG, HUD, various grants), are completed and accurate.
  10. Leads monthly Homebuyer Education Workshops
  11. Assists with obtaining funding through grant writing

Technical Competencies:

  1. Excellent analytical, organizational, and administrative skills including meticulous attention to detail and demonstrated accuracy and timeliness in record keeping, problem solving and follow through;
  2. The ability to successfully manage multiple assignments independently including being able to set priorities and meet deadlines;
  3. The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people;
  4. Flexibility to be both a team player and a self-starter, comfortable in a supporting role and in working independently;
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong verbal and written communication skills;
  6. Proficiency in Excel, Word, cloud software (e.g. and /or interest to learn new technologies and systems;
  7. Certification for HUD Housing Counselor-  is expected to be obtained within 3 months of hire.

All ALT Employees: 

  • Be in the office according to a predetermined schedule to answer email and messages, prepare detailed timesheets, coordinate with fellow staff
  • Participate in grant management including grant writing support and reporting
  • Write newsletter articles, and brochure and educational materials related to ALT’s programs and activities
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Be part of a team-provide support for all staff members in their respective duties
To apply, please send a resume and a letter of interest to Hannah Johnson at

Youth Development Programs

Our Youth Development programs are unique. We offer three paid job skills training programs, the Young Urban Farmers the Young Urban Builders and the Young Conservation Stewards  Each program provides paid training and education for high-school aged youth in Athens-Clarke County.

Our approach incorporates on-site training, exposure to new opportunities, leadership development and classroom education, that delivers both specialized and general job skills, and community involvement to help ensure that the next generation of leaders are invested in where they live. We work to create personal connections between the youth in our programs and leaders in the community and the respective industries that are  vital  to increased job placement and social capital once they have graduated from their program.

Young Urban Builders: 2020-2021 School Year

We are now accepting applications for the Young Urban Builders program, with a projected start date of October 15, 2020. The Young Urban Builders program was started in 2018 as a way to address youth unemployment and perform owner-occupied rehabilitation in the West Broad Neighborhood.

The program is designed to provide job training and experience while working on community projects and aiding in neighborhood revitalization. YUB students are involved at all stages in the rehabilitation process to allow for a variety of skills to be developed.

YUB duties and responsibilities include:

  • learning and practicing workplace and tool safety
  • proper use and maintenance of tools
  • developing strong work ethics and basic job skills
  • reading blueprints and interpreting written instructions
  • using measurement tools and applied mathematics


Students must be between 16 and 25 years of age.

To apply:

Please download the application here and email it to Dr. Tawana Mattox, Education and Empowerment Director, at or mail it to our office at 685 North. Pope Street, Athens, GA 30601. Applications can also be left in our secure dropbox at our office. We are accepting applications until all positions are filled.

Young Urban Farmers: Fall 2020 School Year

The Young Urban Farmers program (YUF) is a work-based learning youth development program for high school students to learn technical gardening and farming skills, gain exposure to new foods through culinary arts, and explore entrepreneurial endeavors.

The Young Urban Farmers program utilizes a multifaceted approach to encourage community and civic engagement in young people. Participants gain job training skills at the West Broad Farmers Market, learn about careers in Agriculture through field trips, farm visits, and guest speakers, and test potential business ideas through step-by-step business planning. Our curriculum is taught from a social justice perspective that is founded in equity and community empowerment.

Young Urban Farmers (YUF) duties and responsibilities will include: Learning and implementing sustainable agricultural skills which will involve working in several community gardens as well as the Williams’s Farm,  Athens Land Trust’s urban farm. YUF will also learn entrepreneurial skills and create a business plan for a product that could be produced and sold at the West Broad Farmers Market.

Young Urban Farmers must:

  • Commit to the program for the dates of October 19 to December 18
  • Have a reliable mode of transportation to and from the work meeting place
    Transportation to alternative work locations after meeting at the scheduled meeting place may be provided by the YUF Coordinator
  • Be prepared to work in a wide range of weather conditions
  • Be aged 16 to 20 (or 15 with a valid work permit) and enrolled or completed CCSD high school or GED
  • Must be a Clarke County resident

To apply:

Please download the application here and email it to Kennedy Mayfield-Smith, the Young Urban Farmers Coordinator, at or mail it to our office at 685 North. Pope Street, Athens, GA 30601. Applications can also be left in our secure dropbox at our office.