Wednesday, May 06, 2009

AmeriCorps Watershed Program Applications Now Accepted


We are pleased to announce that Rural Action will begin a new volunteer program this summer through a partnership between AmeriCorps and several different watershed restoration projects from around our region. Starting in August of this year, Rural Action is offering a one-year AmeriCorps Watershed Program that will give those interested a chance to help protect and restore riparian ecosystems in Appalachian Ohio.

We are now accepting applications for these positions. In order to qualify you must be at least 17 years old, be either a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident, earned either a high school diploma or GED, and have either finished, or begun work on, a degree in environmental studies, natural, or earth science. These programs are a one-year committment that require the completion of 1700 hours of service.

In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance, student-loan forbearance, health coverage, and child care for those who qualify. After successfully completing their term of service, they will receive an AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725. This award can be used to pay off qualified student loans or to finance college, graduate school, or vocational training at eligible institutions.


Members who apply and are accepted into the program will be placed at any one of a number of Watershed Projects in our region. These job sites, their coordinators, and some basic information about them are listed below:
Prospective AmeriCorps members must apply through the AmeriCorps website (www.americorps.org) -- click on "Join AmeriCorps." For more information about the Rural Action Watershed program, contact Mary Steinmaus (marys@ruralaction.org) or call the Rural Action offices (740.767.4938).