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OSRC AmeriCorps Member

Rural Action
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OSRC AmeriCorps members serve at the following host site offices:
• Rural Action Watersheds, Athens/Perry/Tuscarawas County
• Rural Action Environmental Education, Athens County
• Rural Action Zero Waste Program, Athens County
• Rural Action Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Athens County
• Rural Action Capacity Building Member, Athens County
• Raccoon Creek Partnership, Athens County
• Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Perry/Hocking County
• Entrepreneurial Communities, Athens County
• Wayne National Forest, Athens County
• ReUse Maker Space, Athens County
• Buckeye Trail Association, Athens County
• Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens County
• Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area, Perry County
• Little Cities of Black Diamonds, Perry County
• Camp Oty’Okwa, Hocking County
• Captina Creek Conservancy, Belmont County
• United Plant Savers, Meigs County

Go to http://ruralaction.org/get-involved/americorps/ for full position descriptions!

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
• Interest in watershed restoration, environmental education, heritage tourism or 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
• Mode of transportation and a valid driver's license needed
• General knowledge of Appalachian Ohio culture is preferred
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

Service Activities

All Ohio Stream Restore Corps AmeriCorps members will perform the following activities:
• Complete Direct Service 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
See full Member Position Descriptions here:
http://ruralaction.org/get-involved/americorps/available-positions/

Community Need Addressed

Ohio Stream Restore Corps (OSRC) is a program administered by Rural Action that places 31 AmeriCorps into communities throughout Appalachian Ohio to perform direct service related to watershed restoration, environmental education, economy building through heritage tourism, and zero waste. Members are placed with Rural Action programs and local partner organizations to serve the needs of the region. Through their direct service and the volunteers they mobilize, AmeriCorps members help build the capacity of local communities while gaining valuable certifications and experience for the future.

Position Outcomes

Through their direct service and the volunteers they mobilize, AmeriCorps members help build the health and capacity of local communities.

Rural Action spent its early years mapping the assets of the region, exploring ideas of social, economic, and environmental sustainability through member-led committees. Through an early national service program, VISTA volunteers staffed these member projects and raised funds; Rural Action’s sector expertise was developed in the process. Today, staff in each sector collaborate heavily, engage stakeholders and volunteers, and seek resources to achieve more each year. Rural Action sectors are:

Environmental Education
Sustainable Agriculture
Forestry, Wood, and Woodland Products.
Watershed Restoration
Zero Waste
Energy

OSRC members are mobilized in each of these sectors, in addition to the economic development and public lands sectors through community partnerships.

Benefits

Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training

We also provided finite reimbursement budgets for mileage, training, and equipment.

Education Benefits

Members may have the opportunity to complete certifications for: Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid Project WET Project WILD Project Learning Tree Certified Solar Installer Ohio Watershed Academy EPA Credible Data Collection Level 2

Skills you will gain

Depending on placement site: Water quality, Environmental restoration, Working with youth, Interpretation, Community Development, Teamwork, Youth Development, Writing/Editing, Public Speaking, Volunteer Recruitment, Leadership, Fundraising/Grantwriting, Education, Computers/Technology, Communication, Community Organization

Competencies You Will Develop
Communication
Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Teamwork
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Decisions
Accepts responsibility, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Tools
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Planning
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Service
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Arts & Culture, Community & Nonprofit Development, Education & Youth, Environment
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements GED
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Museum or Nature Center
  • Weekly Training Hours 5

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