Once you have submitted your application to Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps using my.americorps.gov, please review these position descriptions and answer this survey so we know your geographic and programmatic interest areas. Proposed 21-22 positions are listed below.
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 Monday Creek
These members (3) will serve in New Straitsville at the Monday Creek Restoration Project office. Some projects will focus on Wayne National Forest territory and the members may serve alongside WNF staff. One member will focus on modern rural concerns such as wastewater treatment issues, social enterprise, and surface water quality monitoring and improvements
Rural Action Middle Tuscarawas Watershed
This member 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. This AORC member will be teamed up with a Rural Action AmeriCorps VISTA colleague.
Raccoon Creek Partnership
Two members will serve with the Raccoon Creek Partnership 501 (c) 3 nonprofit watershed group. These members, with office space at the Ohio University Voinovich School in Athens, Ohio, assist with a wide variety of watershed-related tasks, from chemical and biological monitoring to data entry, environmental education, and social media. Raccoon Creek mainstem is 112 miles long and the watershed drains parts of 6 counties in southeast Ohio.
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 in Shawnee, Ohio. 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. Some projects will focus on Wayne National Forest territory and the member will serve alongside WNF staff.
Buckeye Trail Association 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.
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.
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 are included in the member responsibilities.
Crane Hollow Preserve Environmental Education and Land Stewardship AmeriCorps
This member will serve with Crane Hollow Preserve in Hocking County, Ohio. The member will help to monitor and control invasive species, propogate native species, and support regional environmental education efforts.
Crane Hollow and Ohio Museum Complex Member
This member will engage in data entry to transcribe scanned, handwritten field notes into the database that directly correlate with a newly accessioned natural history specimen collection from Crane Hollow Preserve, assist with configuring the Crane Hollow collections space, and provide feedback to streamline data entry and specimen accessibility and care. They will serve part time out of Crane Hollow in Hocking County and part time from Ohio University (The Ridges).
Education and Restoration AmeriCorps with Licking County SWCD
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.
Licking Parks District AmeriCorps
Also serving out of Licking County/Granville, this AmeriCorps member will promote the use of public lands in Licking County, especially “passive recreation” lands like hiking and biking trails. The member will also lead and promote environmental education activities.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Camp Oty’Okwa
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.
Stuart’s Opera House Civic Tourism AmeriCorps
The member is responsible for building the capacity of Stuart’s Opera House by 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.
Edge of Appalachia AmeriCorps
These members (2) will serve at the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System in Adams County, west of Shawnee State Forest and right on the pristine Ohio Brush Creek. Members will serve alongside Cincinnati Museum Center’s Chief Naturalist as educators for the preserve’s environmental education program, summer youth programs, educator workshops and public nature programs. Members will also serve alongside The Nature Conservancy staff conducting stewardship activities focused on non-native invasive species (NNIS), habitat restoration, and trail maintenance.
Dawes Arboretum AmeriCorps
These members (2) will serve at Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio. The members will be responsible for propagation and maintenance of native plants, supporting native pollinators, mitigating invasive species, volunteer recruitment and management, and outreach and education.
Rural Action Zero Waste
This position 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 are included in the responsibility of members. The member will also serve on the Zero Waste Pledge program to support businesses in minimizing their waste stream and diverting the remainder from the landfill. his member will also be the point person for all dumpsite cleanups and local, small-scale zero-waste events and event waste minimization.
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.
Muskingum Valley Parks District AmeriCorps
The member will be serving out of the Muskingum Valley Park District office located at 1720 Euclid Ave, Zanesville, Ohio 43701. The main activities will include implementing environmental education programs, invasive species control, water quality testing, social media presence and spreading park awareness in the community.
Rural Action Sustainable Agriculture AmeriCorps
This member with Sustainable Agriculture will serve out of the Kuhre Center in The Plains, OH. Duties include the development of tourism opportunities around the Chesterhill Produce Auction, assisting with educational opportunities at the CPA (including the garden), and volunteer recruitment and management.
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.
ORCA Public Lands Access AmeriCorps
This member will serve out of Athens County, Ohio, to promote the recreational use and conservation of public lands such as the Bailey’s Trail System (Chauncey). The member will work closely with staff and AmeriCorps at Wayne National Forest, the Buckeye Trail Association, and Rural Action.
All AmeriCorps members need the following skills:
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
- Computer skills including database management
- Experience recruiting and working with volunteers
- A high School Diploma or GED and interest in watershed restoration, environmental education; or equivalent experience in the 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.
The availability of Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps AmeriCorps positions is 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 $15,100
- An education award of $6,345 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