How to Apply to AmeriCorps at Rural Action

At Rural Action, we mobilize National Service members in 2 different ways:

AmeriCorps State/National (Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps)

  • Direct service
  • 1,700 hours in 12 months
  • Living allowance $14,279
  • Segal Education award for federal student loans or education expenses: $6,195 (no cash award option)
  • Healthcare provide
  • Limited mileage, training, equipment budgets for service-related expenses
  • Eligible for SNAP
  • 31 members in Appalachian Ohio
  • Check out positions here and then apply here.

AmeriCorps VISTA

  • Capacity building (grant writing, infrastructure) in organizations that alleviate poverty
  • Full time, 40 hours a week, maintain host site operational hours
  • Living allowance (stipend): $12,490
  • Segal Education award for federal student loans or education expenses: $6,195 
  • Optional cash award in lieu of education award: $1,800.
  • Healthcare provided
  • Mileage reimbursement for service-related travel
  • One year of non-competitive status for Federal jobs
  • Eligible for SNAP if already receiving benefits
  • 5 VISTA members in Athens and Hocking counties
  • Read more, like how to apply, here: http://ruralaction.org/get-involved/americorps/vista/
  • Or go to my.americorps.gov, build a profile and application, and search listings for Rural Action.

How to Apply

  1. Learn about the differences between Rural Action’s VISTA and AORC opportunities. 
  2. Select 2 references, get their best contact information, and warn them that an email or phone call is coming!
  3. Decide which stream of service you are interested in. Is it AmeriCorps VISTA, Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps (AmeriCorps State/National), or both AORC and VISTA?
    • Rural Action AmeriCorps VISTA runs 40 hours per week from August 17th, 2020 to August 17th, 2021
    • Rural Action AmeriCorps State/National program, Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps, runs from August 17th, 2020 to August 17th, 2021 and requires 1700 hours of service
  4. Wait until February 1st (for Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps) or February 15th (for AmeriCorps VISTA positions). That’s when we’ll have new listings up! Keep checking back if you don’t see them right away.
  5. Head to my.americorps.gov
  6. Build a profile and insert your references’ contact information
  7. Search Listings for “Rural Action” 
  8. Choose each position that interests you. 
    • The 5 fulltime VISTA positions each have their own listing. 
    • Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps has just one listing, and we ask you for your host site interests later. Read position descriptions for open AORC positions.
  9. Apply! Note that you can make up to 3 different applications in my.americorps.gov. Our programs are pretty competitive, and tailoring your application to the program can give you an edge.
  10. Wait for follow-up requests through email (so be sure to list a current, accessible email on your my.americorps.gov application)
    • For example, with AORC, we’ll require you to send a resume and select the host sites you are interested in.

We plan to fill all positions by the end of June. If it’s getting close to that date, you can also start by filling out this survey. You have to answer the same questions either way, but we can get your application in front of the Host Site Supervisors and then walk you through the official my.americorps.gov application.

Please Read These Documents Before Applying

Ready? Now you can go ahead and apply.

More Information

Summer VISTA Associates:

Summer VISTA Associates serve for 10 weeks in communities of need, starting in June. Summer VISTAs, unlike full-time VISTAs, can do direct service. Here at Rural Action, our Summer VISTAs serve in the Sustainable Agriculture program, keeping local produce moving, getting food to people who need it, and supporting local farmers. Summer VISTAs receive a small living allowance ($1,040 per month) and a partial Segal Education Award or cash award, and are eligible to receive the value of 2 full “Ed Awards” with further completed terms of service. The summer VISTA positions run 06/01/2020 – 08/09/2020 and has been filled for 2020. Apply using my.americorps.gov; search “Rural Action” in the listings.

AmeriCorps Program Director Shannon Stewart
shannon@ruralaction.org
740-767-4938

Rural Action and Ohio Stream Restore Corps host sites do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, orientation, disability, or political affiliation.

All positions are pending approval of AmeriCorps funding.

For More Information Contact:
AmeriCorps Program Director
Shannon Stewart

shannon@ruralaction.org
740-767-4938

Rural Action and Ohio Stream Restore Corps host sites do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, orientation, disability, or political affiliation.

All positions are pending approval of AmeriCorps funding.