Available Positions

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Thank you for your interest in applying for an August 2019-August 2020 term with Ohio Stream Restore Corps! We open recruitment February 1st. Check back then for full position descriptions!

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2019-20 Available positions:

Check back in February to apply for the positions listed below in the 2019-20 term!

Watershed Restoration

We partner with several watershed organizations in Appalachian Ohio:

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Huff and Mud Run, Middle Tuscarawas River Watershed: This member will be located at the Middle Tuscarawas River Watershed office in Mineral City in Tuscarawas County, helping with sampling an leading education activities and community groups in the Mud Run and Huff Run watersheds.
  • Perry Soil and Water Conservation District Watershed Associate: This member will work with Perry, Fairfield & Licking SWCDs, ODA, OSU-Extension, Buckeye Lake Groups to develop and implement a watershed plan for Buckeye Lake Watershed region, including identifying sources of nutrients and work with local communities to reduce nutrient inputs (agriculture and septic) along with other areas of concern (trash dumps, log jams, dams, etc) that may need to be addressed to improve the recreational use and water quality of Buckeye Lake.
  • 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. 
  • Captina Conservancy
    This land conservancy is located in Barnesville in Belmont County and covers the Captina Creek valley. The AmeriCorps member participates in outreach and education, water quality monitoring in partnership with the Belmont SWCD, and watershed and community improvement. Captina Creek is home to the esteemed hellbender salamander!

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.

Environmental Education Event Planner with Rural Action

In Addition to working on long- term sustainability through stewardship education and engagement of youth 1 member will 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.

Buckeye Trail Association Volunteer Leader Liaison

The BTA Volunteer Program Coordinator (VPC) is an AmeriCorps position selected by the Executive Director to serve on site in the BTA office. The VPC reports to the Executive Director for an indefinite term. The VPC is also in close communication with various BTA Board committees, teams, BTA Chapters and individual volunteer leaders. 

Buckeye Trail Association Communications Liason

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.

Stuart’s Opera House

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

  • Environmental Educator: 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. 

Rural Action Social Enterprise Specialist

The Social Enterprise Education and Outreach AmeriCorps Member is a vital part of building the social enterprise movement in southeastern Ohio. This position will focus on education and economic development in Appalachian Ohio. This Member will work heavily with adult volunteers and community organizations, learning together on how to help businesses have more impact in their communities. They will also assist with Rural Action’s Entrepreneurial Communities initiative, engaging community leaders and training them to assist local businesses. 

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.

The Wilds Restoration Ecology

This member will serve at The Wilds in Guernsey County, implementing habitat improvements for native wildlife, managing invasive plants, conducting surveys and tracking data, and conducting biological water quality monitoring. GIS and GPS experience is preferred, as is a bachelor’s degree in ecology or a related field.

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.

Entrepreneurial Communities member with Rural Action

This member will serve with the Rural Action Entrepreneurial Communities Coach to identify and map community needs and assets in a 4 county region. This member will help develop and provide coaching and training opportunities for key stakeholders in select communities. This position draws from Asset Based Community Development and Social Enterprise models.

 Wayne National Forest

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

  • Events 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.
  •  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 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. 

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
  • 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 $13,732
  • An education award of $5,920 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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