The Clinch Coalition has an opening for it's Program Director position.  

Desired Attributes include (but not required):

          Knowledge of and passion for High Knob and Southwest Virginia

          Demonstrated interest in conservation and public lands issues

          Experience with non-profit or community organizations

          Excellent written and oral communication skills

          Ability to work with others and utilize technology

          Bachelor's Degree

Contact us at or call 276-479-2176 for details.


Program Director

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the Forest Watch program to ensure protection and best management of the forest, wildlife, and watersheds in the Clinch Ranger District of the Jefferson National Forest and other forest in our surrounding communities.


  • Oversee planning, management, delivery and evaluation of conservation, environmental education, and stewardship programs.


  • Serve as a liaison between TCC and the broader community by receiving and addressing community members' concerns and comments related to forest watch and other environmental activities.


  • Facilitate communication and collaboration between staff, board members, committees, the membership, and like-minded organizations and governmental agencies.


  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement an annual budget and work plan.


  • Work closely with the Associate Director and report directly to the Executive Committee and

other board members as designated in carrying out the described duties.


  • Assure that the mission and programs of The Clinch Coalition and Virginia Organizing are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders and the public at large

  • And other duties as assigned by the Board




The Clinch Coalition launched its annual Naturalist Rally online Saturday,

September 26, 2020.  The wide array of program topics includes edible and medicinal mushrooms, raptors, poison ivy, nature journaling, wildflowers, nature photography, birds, High Knob landforms, reptiles/amphibians on High Knob, the Virginia Big Tree Project and solar energy.  All programs are still accessible through TCC's Facebook page and website.  The presentations are free and open to the public.


The Clinch Coalition Naturalist Rally began in 2008. This year experts, educators and

knowledgeable naturalists will continue to explore the unique world of southwest Virginia through 12 to 15 minute programs.  Organizations participating include the University of Virginia at Wise, Bays Mountain Park, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Upper Tennessee River Roundtable, Appalachian Voices, Natural Tunnel State Park, The Nature Conservancy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) and the Virginia Master Naturalist High Knob Chapter.


The Clinch Coalition formed in August 1998 when a small group of concerned citizens

organized to protect southwest Virginia's great natural resources.  The group endeavors to make the public aware and actively involved with the environment through educational Programs, guided hikes, trail work and the High Knob Naturalist Rally.    


The Clinch Coalition works with the U.S. Forest Service make the High Knob Naturalist Rally possible.


Virginia Organizing

Environmental Monitoring, Inc.
Eastman Credit Union
Scott County Tourism

Valley View Animal Clinic

​R-Mac Realty
Diana Withen
Broadwater Trading Company

The Scott County Virginia Star




Earth Awareness Contest

12th Annual Art & Essay Contest

Presented by The Clinch Coalition

‘What is Your Ecological Footprint?’


Entries Due November 6

Winners announced prior to Thanksgiving

Group 1: K-2nd Grades                            Group 3: 6th-8th Grades

Group 2: 3rd-5th Grades                         Group 4: 9th-12th Grades

Prizes:        $50 first place for each age group in each category

                   $25 for qualifying Runner Ups

Certificate of Participation for Winners & Honorable Mentions

Contest formats: Essays

Group 1 (K-2nd) Maximum length 1page

Group 2 (3rd-5th) Maximum length 500

Group 3 (6th-8th) Maximum length 500

Group 4 (9th-12th) Maximum length 750

*Essays may be handwritten (must be legible) or typed.

Art Entries will be judged in the 4 age groups listed above

Entries limited to 12”x12”x12” size

Art medium is the choice of the individual student

*All essays and art should focus on and convey this year’s theme: What is Your Ecological Footprint?

*All works should be completed solely by the student.

Submission Information: All entries must include:

Student’s name

Student’s grade (age if homeschooled)

Teacher’s name (Parent’s name if homeschooled)

School’s name (Homeschool group if applicable)

This information should be included on the essay page and for the art work in the body of the message with each submitted individually.

UPDATE:  Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, submissions can be made electronically, including taking photos of the art work and several photos if the art work is three dimensional.  We can also arrange to pick up the entries.


Clinch Coalition voices concerns to state about Spearhead Trails

WCYB TV interview with Wally Smith, TCC Vice President: 


 The Clinch Coalition

PO Box 2732

Wise, VA 24293