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Become an OSM / VISTA Volunteer

"The opportunity to be involved in national service defined my career path and allowed me to make a positive contribution for the communities I was serving and myself. The year of service propelled me into other jobs and eventually to pursue a doctoral degree."
-Meredith Ballard, OSM/VISTA alum, Doctoral Student, Michigan Technological University

Become an OSM/VISTA Volunteer

Address environmental issues. Fight poverty. Experience Appalachia. Become an OSM/VISTA.

Note: Please be aware that ACCT is unable to place new OSM/VISTAs until the fall of 2013. If you are interested in beginning your service year in that timeframe, please apply through the AmeriCorps website and indicate this on your application.

Appalachian Coal Country Team OSM/VISTA Volunteers enjoy a unique opportunity to work with rural grassroots environmental leaders, partner with government officials, collaborate with environmental businesses, experience rural Appalachia and explore a wide range of future career paths and opportunities in the process. OSM/VISTA Volunteers live and work in low-income communities dealing with contaminated streams, depressed economies and other issues prevalent in the eastern coal region.

OSM/VISTA Debby Ludwig gives an environmental education lesson

The Appalachian Coal Country Team (ACCT) is a partnership among the Office of Surface Mining (OSM), AmeriCorps VISTA, and community-led nonprofit groups, making it possible for the ACCT to bring greater connection and collaboration between federal agencies and small rural communities. Learn more about the Appalachian Coal Country Team.

Job requirements: Bachelors degree, good communication skills, familiarity with computers, ability to work in a challenging and changing environment, flexibility and adaptability, self-motivation and a willingness to live in a rural Appalachian community. GIS, environmental monitoring, community organizing and economic development experience are a plus!

Location: 37+ sites in seven Appalachian states (KY, MD, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV).

Read more about the projects going on at our sites.

Duration: VISTA is a year of service.

Start Date: We recruit on a rolling basis, so register and apply now!

Hours: Full Time (no external employment is permitted)

Compensation: As an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer you receive a monthly living stipend of roughly $850 (before taxes), health insurance, child care if eligible, student loan forbearance (with interest paid), and the choice of a $5,550 education award or $1,500 cash stipend upon term completion. Click here for a fact sheet on the benefits available to VISTA volunteers.

OSM/VISTA Brian Carlson demonstrates water quality monitoring for Friends of Deckers Creek in Dellslow, WV

Applications received by the Team Office are sent onward to watershed/community groups seeking OSM/VISTA applicants for that term. It is entirely up to the local OSM/VISTA Watershed sponsors to interview and select applicants. Final approval of applicants rests with the OSM/VISTA Teams Coordinator.

How to Apply:

Call Team Director, April Trent at (304) 252-4848 with questions.

Send your résumé and a two to three page nonfiction writing sample (any subject) to April Trent and click HERE to register and complete an online AmeriCorps application. When you have completed your application, hit the Submit Final Application button. Your information will automatically be sent to our office.

If you are applying to become an OSM/VISTA Leader, you must first complete one year of service as an OSM/VISTA Volunteer.