About the Program
Building on our 15 year experience with the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps*VISTA, Rural Action launched its inaugural AmeriCorps program focusing on watershed restoration in Appalachia Ohio in 2009. Rural Action watershed groups partnered with three other existing watershed groups to form a regional program designed to increase the impact of watershed restoration efforts in the Appalachian counties of Ohio. Under the administration of the Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism, AmeriCorps members throughout Ohio meet critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. Through their direct service and the volunteers they mobilize, AmeriCorps members help build the capacity of local communities to help themselves.
To better reflect the scope of the programming, the project was renamed Ohio Stream Restore Corps in 2011-12. Three new sectors of work were added to better serve the needs of local communities. Environmental Education was added to provide area youth with environmentally-based learning through outdoor activities not currently available in schools. Trail Access/Maintenance and Zero Waste Initiatives were introduced as a pilot project serving in the Monday and Sunday Creek Watersheds to address other needs identified by local citizens as challenges in their communities.
We have AmeriCorps member serving in the following program areas:
- Monday Creek Restoration Project- with the office located in the Southern Perry County community of New Straitsville, the watershed covers 116 square miles in Athens, Perry and Hocking Counties. Two member placements.
- Sunday Creek Watershed Group- with the office located in the Athens County community of Trimble, the watershed covers 139 square miles in Athens, Perry and Morgan counties.
- Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership- with the office located in the community of Mineral City in Tuscarawas County, the watershed covers 14 square miles in Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. One member placement.
- Leading Creek Improvement Committee- with the office located in Pomeroy in Meigs County, the watershed covers 150 square miles in Meigs, Gallia, and Athens Counties. One member placement.
- Raccoon Creek Partnership- with the office located in Athens in Athens County, the watershed covers 684 square miles in Athens, Hocking, Vinton, Meigs and Gallia Counties. Two member placements.
- Mud Run Stream Keepers-will work from the Huff Run Watershed office located in Mineral City. The watershed covers parts of Tuscarawas County. One member placement.
- Environmental Education- office located in Glouster in Athens County. Work area includes several surrounding counties. Three member placements.
- Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative- office located in Trimble in Athens County. Work area covers several surrounding counties. Two member placements.
- Buckeye Trails Association- office located in Shawnee in Perry County. Work area covers several surrounding counties. One position member placement.
Commitment & Benefits
Rural Action Watershed 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 $12,100.00 living allowance
- An education award of $5,550 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 reimbursement for service related travel.
Skills & Qualifications
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
- General computer skills including MS Office package and data base management
- Experience recruiting and working with volunteers including youth is essential
- Understanding of watershed and environmental issues and a concern for improving the environment is necessary
- Knowledge of local environmental issues is preferred.
- Degree or working toward a degree 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
- Tasks may 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
Recruitment for the program has closed for 2013-2014. Contact Candi Withem for more information about 2014-15 recruitment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 740-767-4938.
To submit an application go to www.americorps.gov and click on Join AmeriCorps, then follow the onscreen directions.