Available Positions


Thank you for your interest in Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps!

AORC is an AmeriCorps State/National program operated by Rural Action. If you are looking for Rural Action’s AmeriCorps VISTA positions, click here.

Please read these documents when applying to AORC:

Full Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps AmeriCorps Position Descriptions are available in a Google folder here.

Please review the full position descriptions (linked above) or the short position blurbs below, and then apply using this survey.

Watershed Restoration AmeriCorps

Watershed Restoration is an important part of Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps, historically and now. 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. Members also engage in watershed planning and sustainability.

Rural Action Middle Tuscarawas Watershed: These members will serve at the Middle Tuscarawas Watershed office in Mineral City, Ohio. Middle Tusc members have additional opportunities to serve in zero waste programming, community-based environmental education, and community organizing.

Belmont County SWCD Conservation AmeriCorps

This member will serve mainly from the Belmont County Soil and Water Conservation District office in St. Clairsville, with one day per week from the Captina Creek Conservancy office in Barnesville. The Belmont County Conservation AmeriCorps will focus on education events, stream data collection, and working with landowners on their conservation needs.

Licking County SWCD Education and Outreach AmeriCorps

This member will serve as an educator and outreach coordinator at the Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District in Newark, working with school groups, day camps, and the public to promote healthy watersheds and eco-friendly living. The member will also support citizens in monitoring and improving local water quality.

SOPEC Energy and Economy AmeriCorps

The Energy and Economy AmeriCorps Member, based out the OU Innovation Center in Athens, plays an important role in recruitment and retention for the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) electric aggregation program. Participation in the aggregation program means reinvestment back into the communities of Appalachian Ohio through programs, projects, and research. The Member will educate community members on sustainable energy choices, and how to further conservation with their household choices.

Dawes Arboretum Land Conservation AmeriCorps

This member will serve at Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio. The member will be responsible for propagation and maintenance of native plants, supporting native pollinators, mitigating invasive species, volunteer recruitment and management, and outreach and education.

Nelsonville Community Engagement AmeriCorps

The Nelsonville Community Engagement AmeriCorps member will work with Rural Action’s AORC Director, environmental education team, and community organizers in Nelsonville to increase use of the outdoor space at the Farm leased by the Nelsonville Presbyterian Church, as well as increase effectiveness and reach of the Nelsonville Community Dinner program. The member will focus on environmental education, social and emotional health, and access to food security services for all members of the Nelsonville-area community.

Ready to apply to a selection of AORC sites? Please fill out this survey. If you have already applied to AORC as a whole using my.americorps.gov, noted that there is a part of the Google survey that you will skip.

The following positions are filled for the 2020-21 term, but will be available in 2021-22!

United Plant Savers Education and Trail AmeriCorps
These members will serve out of the UpS property in Rutland (Meigs County). The members will develop trails, create and monitor botanical woodland test plots, coordinate education activities, support the propagation of native plants, help to manage invasive species, and recruit and manage volunteers.
Crane Hollow Preserve/OU Natural History Collection and Data AmeriCorps
This member will transcribe scanned, handwritten field notes into the database that directly correlate with a newly accessioned natural history collection from Crane Hollow Preserve, and will occasionally participate in activities in accordance with Crane Hollow’s resource management plan. This member will serve both from The Ridges at OU and from Crane Hollow in Rockbridge (Hocking County).
Rural Action Zero Waste:
  •  Waste Assessments and Business Networking AmeriCorps: 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. 
  • Events and Special Project AmeriCorps: 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.
Rural Action Environmental Education AmeriCorps
In addition to working on long- term sustainability through stewardship education and engagement of youth, members may also plan large EE events such as conferences and the Birds in the Hills Festival. 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. Some projects will focus on Wayne National Forest territory and the member will serve alongside WNF staff.
Rural Action Monday Creek: This member will serve in New Straitsville at the Monday Creek Restoration Project office. Some projects will focus on Wayne National Forest territory and the member will serve alongside WNF staff.
Rural Action Watershed Engagement AmeriCorps: This member will be located in New Straitsville at the Monday Creek Restoration Project office. The member will focus on modern rural concerns such as wastewater treatment issues, social enterprise, and surface water quality monitoring and improvements. 
Capacity Builder AmeriCorps
This member will serve from the Rural Action Community and Education Center in Trimble, Ohio. The Capacity Builder will plan major educational events, recruit and manage volunteers, design outreach materials, help AORC build its collection of stock photos, and assist in educational programming and outreach. 
The Wilds Restoration Ecology AmeriCorps
This member will be at The WILDS! In Muskingum County. The member will serve in the Restoration Ecology program, supporting and monitoring native plants and pollinators, educating the public, and restoring and maintaining treatment systems.
Rural Action Sustainable Agriculture AmeriCorps
This member with Sustainable Agriculture will serve 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.
Raccoon Creek Partnership
These members will serve from the Raccoon Creek Partnership office at The Ridges on Ohio University’s main campus. Raccoon Creek in almost 100 miles long and is just almost a river, so Raccoon Creek members get to participate in restoring a wide territory across Southeast Ohio.
United Plant Savers Education and Trail AmeriCorps
These members will serve out of the UpS property in Rutland (Meigs County). The members will develop trails, create and monitor botanical woodland test plots, coordinate education activities, support the propagation of native plants, help to manage invasive species, and recruit and manage volunteers.
Rural Action Sustainable Forestry Outreach and Education AmeriCorps
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. 
BTA/Wayne National Forest AmeriCorps
This member will serve from Shawnee, Ohio, at the main BTA headquarters, but also from the Wayne National Forest Headquarters in Nelsonville. This member will focus mainly of volunteer engagement, dumpsite cleanups, trailbuilding, and community outreach. Some projects will focus on Buckeye Trail projects inside Wayne National Forest territory and the member will serve alongside WNF staff. 
Stuart’s Opera House Civic Tourism AmeriCorps
The member is responsible for building the capacity of Stuart’s Opera House through promoting the space to groups, businesses, and community members. The member will assist Stuart’s Opera House staff in developing and promoting events, programs, and activities in the new Stuart’s Opera House Education and Community Center. 
Big Brothers Big Sisters Camp Oty’Okwa/Crane Hollow Preserve AmeriCorps
Camp Oty’Okwa is located in the Hocking Hills region, not far outside of Logan. The member will serve at both Camp Oty’Okwa and nearby Crane Hollow to coordinate and implement environmental education events at Camp and at area schools. 
Civic Tourism AmeriCorps 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. 
Buckeye Trail Association AmeriCorps
  •  BTA Communications AmeriCorps: This member will serve from Shawnee, Ohio, to 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.
  • BTA Volunteer Leader AmeriCorps: The BTA Volunteer Leader is an AmeriCorps position selected by the Executive Director to serve on site in the BTA office in Shawnee, Ohio. The Volunteer Leader reports to the Executive Director for an indefinite term. The Volunteer Leader is also in close communication with various BTA Board committees, teams, BTA Chapters and individual volunteer leaders. 

General Qualifications

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 interest 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
  • Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license
  • General knowledge of Appalachian Ohio culture is desired

All Appalachian Ohio 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 Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps AmeriCorps positions are dependent on grant funding. Positions are subject to change.

Commitments and Benefits

Rural Action AORC AmeriCorps members serve a term of 12 months, accumulating a total of 1,700 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 $14,279
  • An education award of $6,195 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

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