Rural Projects Coordinator

Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (AmeriCorps) at the University of Oregon

About the organization


Service Member Position Description


Serving rural Oregon for over 30 years, the RARE AmeriCorps Program builds the capacity of rural communities to improve their economic, social, and environmental conditions, through the assistance of trained graduate-level members who live and work in communities for 11 months. Our members assist communities and agencies in the development and implementation of plans for achieving a sustainable natural resource base and improving rural economic conditions while gaining community building and leadership skills.


Some of the projects you will have a chance to work on:


RARE AmeriCorps projects typically fall into three broad categories:

Community and Economic Development
- Assisting rural entrepreneurs in the development of business plans
- Completing economic development plans for local, county, and regional governmental entities
- Coordinating the development of a downtown master plan
- Completing parks and recreation master plan
- Promoting health and wellness initiatives by creating community resources and programming
- Engaging a community in creative placemaking and installing murals
- Developing recreation assets to support economic recovery in wildfire-impacted communities

Environmental and Sustainability Planning
- Coordinating an array of watershed enhancement projects
- Designing a citizen involvement program for a watershed council
- Creating a rural solar outreach strategy
- Developing a Climate Action Plan for regional tourism organizations

Community Food Security/Food Systems
- Creating community food assessments and tribal food sovereignty assessments
- Enhancing local farmers’ markets and food related business activities
- Developing regional agritourism food trails
- Coordinating partners in creation of a regional food hub
- Conducting community engagement and outreach regarding nutrition and local food sourcing



We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with a strong desire to utilize and develop interpersonal skills for community outreach and group facilitation, serve rural areas, and make a difference! Skill demonstrated competence in the following skill areas, either through course work, work/volunteer experience, or lived experience:

- Relationships: Inter-personal relationship management (ability to maintain good relationships and work through conflict)
- Teamwork: Working effectively in a team environment
- Project/Process Management: Project and/or process management (ability to remain organized and on track with projects or processes)
- Technical Skills: Technical skills, including but not limited to the following: data collection, analysis, and representation; large document creation; grant writing; website development; policy analysis (Note: the technical skills needed vary greatly depending on the placement, but in general, these are the most common technical skills we see represented in placements)
- Communication ability: Demonstrated competence in the following communication skill areas, either through course work, work/volunteer experience, or lived experience.


$2,300/month for living stipend

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

AmeriCorps is open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens. AmeriCorps State and National members must be age 17 or older. An individual may serve up to four AmeriCorps State and National service terms. All individuals must complete a criminal history check. Individuals who have been convicted of murder and those who are required to register on a sex offender public registry are not eligible to serve in AmeriCorps.

For the RARE AmeriCorps Program, you will need to hold a bachelor's degree and demonstrate applied community experience as well as coursework or equivalent experience in three or more of the following areas: planning or statistical analysis, planning or economic theory, project management, community or economic development, environmental planning, geographic information systems, and grant writing.

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