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Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) AmeriCorps Program


Opportunity summary

Term length

09/04/2024 - 07/31/2025

Application window

05/23/2024 - 07/31/2024


Multiple locations, Oregon

Hourly pay equivalent


Project summary

RARE AmeriCorps members meet the most pressing needs of rural Oregon. Members serve for 11 months with an organization gaining hands-on experience, as well as valuable professional and leadership skills - all while building up the capacity of rural communities. Members assist with planning and implementation of critical projects on a range of topics: community and economic development, food systems, outdoor recreation, hazard mitigation, resiliency, and environmental and sustainability planning.

Opportunity description

There are several openings for this position throughout Oregon! Apply by end of day on June 7 to increase your odds of being accepted. Members work on projects in several categories: environmental and sustainability planning, community food security/food systems, community and economic development. Beautiful Oregon - ranging from the coast to the mountains and the desert - is feeling the impact of climate change through devastating wildfires, coastal flooding, and more. Come be part of the solution!


  • Education benefit
  • Healthcare
  • Mental and behavioral health benefits
  • Childcare
  • Segal Educational Award of $7395
  • Professional development fund of $300
  • Mentorship program
  • Professional trainings valued at around $4000
  • In-state tuition eligibility and graduate school waivers for certain University of Oregon programs

Requirements and qualifications


Bachelor's degree. U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 6 months applied community experience AND coursework, OR equivalent experience in 3 or more of these areas: planning or statistical analysis, economic theory, project management, community or economic development, environmental planning, geographic information systems, grant writing. Proficiency in computer use. Pass a check of the National Sexual Offender Public Registry, FBI check and criminal background check of state registries.

Preferred qualifications

Effective teamwork. Ability to stay organized and on-track with projects and processes. Technical skills including data collection, analysis, and representation, large document creation, grant writing, GIS, website development, policy analysis. Strong written, verbal, and graphic communications. Ability to handle conflict and maintain good relationships; Commitment to volunteerism and service. Ability to create inclusive spaces. Commitment to rural community development. Driver's license helpful

Opportunity details

Focus area

  • Natural resource preservation and conservation
  • Wildfire prevention and fuels reduction
  • Waterway restoration
  • Outdoor recreation access improvements
  • Indigenous knowledge reclamation
  • Historic, cultural, and language preservation
  • Energy audits
  • Weatherization of homes and public buildings
  • City parks and greenspaces creation and maintenance
  • Stormwater management
  • Disaster preparedness, recovery, and response
  • Economic development support for energy transition communities
  • Climate smart agriculture and sustainable farming
  • Soil and water conservation
  • Farm to school initiatives
  • Community gardens
  • Grant-writing and fundraising
  • Marketing and outreach
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Environmental education and training
  • Environmental research and citizen science
  • Alternative transportation planning
  • Natural hazards mitigation

Work environment

  • Individual placement
  • Rural
  • Traveling
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor