We are recruiting OSRC members for our August 2017-August 2018 term. Read on for information on available positions or click here to jump to application instructions.
We partner with several watershed organizations in Appalachian Ohio:
- Middle Tuscarawas River Watershed: With an office located in Mineral City, Ohio in Tuscarawas County, the watershed covers 14 square miles in Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. Click here for full description.
- Monday Creek Restoration Project: With an office located in the Southern Perry County in the community of New Straitsville, the watershed covers 116 square miles in Athens, Perry and Hocking Counties. Click here for full description.
- Raccoon Creek Partnership: With an office located in Athens in Athens County, the watershed covers 684 square miles in Athens, Hocking, Vinton, Meigs, Jackson and Gallia Counties. Click here for full description.
- Sunday Creek Watershed Group: With an office located in the town of Trimble in Athens County, the watershed covers 139 square miles in Athens, Perry, and Morgan Counties. Click here for full description.
- Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District: This member will be located at the Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership office in Mineral City in Tuscarawas County. Click here for full description.
- Captina Conservancy: This land conservancy is located in Belmont County and covers the Captina Creek valley. Click here for full description.
- Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District: The Licking SWCD office is located in Newark; Licking County exists almost entirely in the Muskingum Watershed. Click here for full description.
All watershed members will engage in water quality monitoring activities including water sampling and chemical and macroinvertebrate data collection, planning, installation and maintenance of treatment systems, community outreach and education activities, volunteer recruitment and engagement, and project-specific fundraising. Members will learn to recognize regional environmental issues such as acid mine drainage, channelization, habitat loss, and nutrient loading.
Zero Waste with Rural Action
These positions will focus on assessing waste streams and engaging communities to address the needs and help to implement infrastructure solutions. Outreach, education, recruitment, and organization of volunteer cleanups and events is included in the responsibility of members.
- Education and Outreach AmeriCorps Member: This member is the point person for all K-12 education, such as in-school programs, afterschool programs, and local day camps. This member is also responsible for general outreach to adults in the community. Position filled for 2017-18 program year.
- Events and Dumpsite Cleanup Coordinator: This member is the point person for all dumpsite cleanups and local, small-scale zero waste events. This person will also be responsible for event waste minimization. By working with event organizers, this member will help the organizer first minimize waste generation and secondly divert the remaining waste from the landfill. Click here for full description.
- Waste Assessment and Business Networking member: This member serves in waste minimization and economic development through growing the Zero Waste Pledge program. The goal of the Zero Waste Pledge program is to support businesses in minimizing their waste stream and then diverting the remainder from the landfill. Click here for full description.
ReUse Industries Athens MakerSpace Specialist
This member will work with staff and others to implement a reuse and repair program producing locally made upcycled products with the goal of reducing the carbon footprint in the region. Community outreach to promote opportunities offered to both instructors and participants. Volunteer recruitment and management, database management and scheduling training all included in this position. Click here for full description.
Environmental Education with Rural Action
These positions will work on long- term sustainability through stewardship education and engagement of youth and residents within affected watersheds, as part of a program to increase community ownership of watershed restoration solutions. Providing environmental education activities for watershed residents, both youth and adults, activities will include school based and after school activities, presentations at libraries, community groups and other venues and one-day educational events at schools, festivals and other locations. Environmental training for teachers in local school systems will also be provided using such programs as Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, and Project Wet workshops. Volunteer recruitment and coordination are included in the responsibilities. Click here for full description.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Camp Oty’Okwa
- Environmental Educator: Camp Oty’Okwa is located in the Hocking Hills region, not far outside of Logan. The member will coordinate and implement environmental education events at camp and at area schools. Click here for full description.
- Nutritional Specialist: This member will assess the Camp’s food delivery program, offering suggestions and implementing processes to improve food quality, increase local sourcing, and improve healthy choices and waste reduction. Click here for full description.
Environmental Educator with Hocking SWCD
This member will serve as an educator and outreach coordinator at the Hocking County Soil and Water Conservation District in Logan, working with school groups, day camps, and the public to promote healthy watersheds and eco-friendly living. Position filled for 2017-18 program year.
Sustainable Agriculture with Rural Action
The Community Development member with Sustainable Agriculture will work out of the Kuhre Center in The Plains, OH. Duties include development of tourism opportunities around the Chesterhill Produce Auction, assisting with educational opportunities at the CPA (including the garden), and volunteer recruitment and management. Click here for full description.
Forestry Outreach and Education with Rural Action
The Forestry Outreach and Education member will plan and implement landowner and other educational activities in communities within the target region. This includes planning, facilitating, and evaluating landowner education workshops and events designed to provide local landowners and others interested with skills to manage their forested lands. The member will provide education around non-timber forest products as a way to increase income from managed lands for the target region. Click here for full description.
United Plant Savers Education and Trail Liason
This member will serve out of the UpS property in Rutland (Meigs County). The member will develop trails, create and monitor botanical woodland test plots, coordinate education activities, and recruit and manage volunteers. Click here for full description.
Dairy Barn Arts Center Woodland Education and Outreach Liaison
The Dairy Barn Arts Center property is located in Athens. The member will plan and implement youth day camps, recruit and manage Dairy Barn volunteers, and develop promotional materials for outreach and education. Click here for full description.
Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau County Tourism Liaison
This position will focus on education and economic development through cultural and natural tourism in Appalachian Ohio. The position includes outreach education including planning and facilitation of regional meetings, organization and development of volunteer cleanups and events with an educational component, and linkages with other tourism organizations and activities. Click here for full description.
Civic Tourism Liaison with Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area
This position will focus on education and economic development through tourism in Appalachian Ohio specifically in Monday and Sunday Creek watersheds. Outreach education including planning and facilitation of regional meetings, organization and development of volunteer cleanups and events with an educational component, linkages with other tourism organizations and activities and coordination with Zero Waste festival activities is included in the member responsibilities. Click here for full description.
Outreach Liaison with Little Cities of Black Diamonds
This position will focus on education and economic development through tourism in Appalachian Ohio, specifically in the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Micro-region. Outreach education includes, planning and facilitation of regional meetings, organization and development of volunteer activities and events with an educational component, and linkages with other tourism organizations and activities. Click here for full description.
Education Liaison with the Tuscarawas County Commissioners Office
This position will focus on outreach and educational programming directed by the Tuscarawas County Park Dept. Activities include: development of educational activities for local community members to build conservation awareness and stewardship of natural resources, planning and implementation of school programs, library programs and other outdoor learning opportunities, volunteer recruitment and engagement, fundraising, land and water conservation activities on county properties. Click here for full description.
Outreach Coordinator with Perry County Soil and Water Conservation District
This member will work with the village of Somerset in Perry County Ohio to focus on asset mapping of tourism sites in the region, educational outreach activities designed to inform the public of eco-tourism assets and possible development, outreach materials development, volunteer recruitment and engagement, and development of zero waste procedures for community festivals. Click here for full description.
Wayne National Forest
- Forest Educator: Member activities include development and implementation of education programs geared toward the historic and environmental significance of the forest. Member will organize activities focusing on environmentally conscious practices within the forest along with organizing events such as clean ups as volunteer opportunities for visitors who want a broader hands-on educational experience. Volunteer recruitment and management skills are needed for this position. Click here for full description.
- Watershed Liaison: Member will assist with the Forest’s Watershed program and other Forest related projects and activities; will participate in environmental education/awareness programs and activities; will attend required meetings, seminars, trainings, and events as needed and collaborate with other AmeriCorps members and community leaders with their programs and activities (upon supervisor approval). Position filled for 2017-18 program year.
- Volunteer and Outreach Specialist: This member will collaborate with WNF district staff, Rural Action, and other organizations and individuals to identify and plan projects and volunteer opportunities. The member will recruit, train, organize, and oversee volunteers and volunteer activities and ensure the proper safety policies are followed. Position filled for 2017-18 program year.
Buckeye Trail Association Communications/Volunteer Leader Liaison
This member will develop a communication strategy to promote BTA and it volunteer opportunities. Social media, press releases, Facebook and web postings will be the responsibility of the member along with communications with volunteer leaders on volunteer opportunities, events, and volunteer recognition. Participation in trail maintenance and events is included. Position filled for 2017-18 program year.
Capacity Building Associate with Rural Action
This position will focus on building the capacity of Ohio Stream Restore Corps through the following activities: development of an expanded communications strategy including a greater presence on social media to build a effective process for better telling of the OSRC story, assistance with member support throughout the program term and assistance with member fundraising for specific projects. Click here for full description.
All AmeriCorps members need the following skills:
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
- Computer skills including data base management
- Experience recruiting and working with volunteers
- A high School Diploma or GED and an intrest in watershed restoration, environmental education; or equivalent experience in equivalent field of study
- Public speaking and the ability to work with diverse groups of people
- Ability to work both independently and in a team setting
- Ability to serve flexible hours including evenings and weekends if needed
- Some positions require the ability to hike extended distances over rough terrain and the ability to carry up to 40 lb. of equipment
- Own transportation and a valid driver’s license needed
- General knowledge of Appalachian Ohio culture is desired
All Ohio Stream Restore Corps AmeriCorps members will perform the following activities:
- Attend required training sessions for skill development throughout the service term
- Complete and submit all required documentation including monthly reports, timesheets, etc.
- Recruit, train and coordinate volunteers, volunteer projects and programs
- Attend all meetings as required
- All other duties as assigned
Each position or community site has specific member position descriptions available on request.
Availability of Ohio Stream Restore Corps AmeriCorps positions are dependent on grant funding. Positions are subject to change.
Commitments and Benefits
Rural Action AmeriCorps members serve a term of 12 months, accumulating a total of 1700 hours of service during that time period. The positions also allow outside employment or attendance at an institution of higher learning while serving. Benefits for the position include:
- An annual living allowance of up to $12,630
- An education award of $5,815 for a completed term of service to be used to pay student loans or for future education
- Health care coverage for members
- Child care (if income eligible)
- Mileage, training, and equipment budget totaling $1,400