Available Positions

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Thank you for your interest in Ohio Stream Restore Corps! We have filled all 2019-20 AmeriCorps positions. We open recruitment for the August 2020–August 2021 term in February! Please read below for quick descriptions of each position.

Some positions are placed with Rural Action programs; others are placed with our partner “host sites”. Please pay attention to geography, as we have positions throughout Appalachian Ohio!

Please read these documents when applying to OSRC:

All positions for 2019-20 have been filled. Please check back in February for updated links!

Watershed Restoration

We partner with several watershed organizations in Appalachian Ohio:

  • Rural Action Watershed Engagement AmeriCorps: This members 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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

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.

Buckeye Trail Association Volunteer Leader AmeriCorps

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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

Buckeye Trail Association Communications AmeriCorps

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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

Dairy Barn Arts Center Woodland Education and Outreach AmeriCorps

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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

United Plant Savers Education and Trail AmeriCorps

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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

Wayne National Forest

  • Forest Education AmeriCorps: 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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.
  • Watershed AmeriCorps: 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). This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.
  • Volunteer and Outreach AmeriCorps: 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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

Rural Action Entrepreneurial Communities AmeriCorps

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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

Environmental Education AmeriCorps with Hocking County 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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Camp Oty’Okwa

  • Environmental Education and Land Stewardship 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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

The Wilds Ecology AmeriCorps

This member will serve at The Wilds in Muskingum County, conducting outreach, 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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

Rural Action Zero Waste

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.

  •  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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.
  • 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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

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. These positions have been filled for the 2019-20 term.

Rural Action Environmental Education Capacity Builder AmeriCorps

Love environmental education but love planning events, designing media, and reaching out to the public even more? The EE Capacity Builder will plan major educational events such as Birds in the Hills, help OSRC build its collection of stock photos, and assist in some EE programming. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

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. This position filled for the 2019-20 term.

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. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

Watershed Restoration (filled)

  • Rural Action Middle Tuscarawas River Watershed AmeriCorps: This member will be located at the Middle Tuscarawas River Watershed office in Mineral City in Tuscarawas County, helping with chemical and biological monitoring, sampling, and leading education activities and community groups in and around the Mud Run and Huff Run watersheds. In addition, this member will lead education events at the Norma Johnson Center during peak education times. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.
  • Rural Action Monday Creek Restoration Project AmeriCorps: 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. Members engage in sampling, outreach, education, and data collection. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.
  • Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District Watershed AmeriCorps: This member will serve from Newark in Appalachian Ohio watersheds. The member will improve and oversee volunteer water quality monitoring and participate in outreach and education. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.
  • Raccoon Creek Partnership AmeriCorps: With an office located in Athens in Athens County, the watershed covers 684 square miles in Athens, Hocking, Vinton, Meigs, Jackson and Gallia Counties. Members engage in sampling, outreach, education, and data collection. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.
  • Rural Action Sunday Creek Watershed AmeriCorps: With an office located in the town of Trimble in Athens County, the watershed covers 139 square miles in Athens, Perry, and Morgan Counties. Members engage in sampling, outreach, education, and data collection. This position has been filled for the 2019-20 term.

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 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 OSRC 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 $13,992
  • An education award of $6,095 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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