AmeriCorps at Rural Action

AmeriCorps State/National (Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps)

  • Direct services
  • 1,700 hours in 12 months
  • Living allowance $15,100
  • Segal Education award for federal student loans or education expenses: $6,345 (no cash award option)
  • Healthcare provided
  • Limited mileage, training, equipment budgets for service-related expenses
  • Eligible for SNAP
  • 31 members in Appalachian Ohio

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): $13,362
  • Segal Education award for federal student loans or education expenses: $6,345
  • 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
  • 10 VISTA members in Athens and Hocking counties
  • We will also begin recruiting in the spring for 10-week Summer VISTA positions on our Sustainable Agriculture team. These positions start in June.

How Will You Serve?

Engaging in National Service with Rural Action is a chance to Get Things Done for your community, your world, and yourself. Whether you serve as an AmeriCorps State/National member and “get your hands dirty”, or as an AmeriCorps VISTA who builds capacity behind the scenes, you service will support Appalachian Ohio people and communities; protect, conserve, and steward our natural resources; help to rebuild sustainable wealth, livelihoods, and prosperity; and provide you with the opportunities to find your place and purpose here on Earth.

All AmeriCorps positions at Rural Action in the upcoming term are based out of:

  • Tuscarawas County
  • Licking County
  • Southern Perry County
  • Morgan County
  • Hocking County
  • Northern Athens County
  • Southern Athens County
  • Meigs County
  • Adams County

And will mobilize AmeriCorps members in one or more of the following engagement strategies:

  • Water and watershed restoration and conservation
  • Land stewardship and conservation
  • Waste reduction and waste streams
  • Dumpsite cleanups
  • Public lands access
  • Hiking, biking, trails, and trailbuilding
  • Invasive species, native species, and botany
  • Sustainable forestry
  • Native medicinals and non-timber forest products
  • Citizen Science
  • Environmental education
  • Community education
  • Economic development
  • Community organizing
  • Heritage tourism
  • Music, arts, and culture
  • City/community planning
  • Public parks and municipal spaces
  • Rural homelessness
  • Working with adults experiencing poverty
  • Working with kids experiencing poverty
  • Food access and hunger
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Grant writing
  • Helping organizations expand their reach
  • Promoting active citizenship through volunteerism

AmeriCorps members at Rural Action serve a year-long term in either Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps or the Rural Renewal VISTA project (see below for more on the differences). Members are a part of the larger Corps, but placed with a specific host site. Specific Member Position Descriptions will be available in March, but you can see a short description of each expected position at Check back at the same link for updated MPDs throughout the month of March. Supervisors can being scheduling interviews for their open positions beginning April 1st. All positions are pending approval of AmeriCorps funding.

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), both AORC and VISTA, or the Summer VISTA program?
    • Rural Action AmeriCorps VISTA runs 40 hours per week from August 16th, 2021 to August 15th, 2022
    • Rural Action AmeriCorps State/National program, Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps, runs from August 16th, 2021 to August 15th, 2022 and requires 1700 hours of service
    • Rural Action Summer VISTA positions start in June and run for 10 weeks. These positions are through the Ohio CDC Association and are open for applications beginning in April or May on the portal.
  4. Read the “How Will You Serve” section above, thinking about which geographic and programmatic areas interest you.
  5. Head to
  6. Build a profile and insert your references’ contact information
  7. Search Listings for “Rural Action”
  8. Choose each position that interests you.
    • The Summer VISTA and 10 fulltime VISTA positions each have their own listing.
    • Summer VISTA position listings may take longer to open, so keep checking back and searching “Rural Action”
    • Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps has just one listing, and we will ask you for your host site interests later. Read position descriptions for open AORC positions (and keep checking back for updates).
  9. Apply! Note that you can make up to 3 different applications in Our programs are pretty competitive, and tailoring your application to the program can give you an edge.
  10. Tell us more about your interests! Read the interest survey carefully, as we ask about your interest in both AORC and VISTA.
    • In addition to the preferred application, we ask you to send a resume.

Supervisors can being interviewing and offering positions as soon as April first, but most interviews are likely to take place in April, May, and June. We plan to fill all positions by August 1st. It’s a long recruitment process, and we hope you will keep checking in if you’re curious about where things are!


Apply Now!

For More Information

AmeriCorps Program Director Shannon Stewart
740.677.4047 ext. 320

Rural Action and Appalachian Ohio 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.

THANK YOU for your passion to Go Where You’re Needed and Get Things Done in Appalachian Ohio!