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Rural Project Coordinator

Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) AmeriCorps Program
Eugene, OR
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Community Engagement
Economic Development
GIS / Technology
Parks and Recreation
Public/Nonprofit Administration
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
Transportation Planning
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
AICP Certification: 
Not required
$1,750/month stipend, Educational Award of $6,195, etc.

The Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) AmeriCorps Program seeks to serve Oregon's rural communities through economic and community development and natural resource planning. Housed in the University of Oregon's Community Service Center, we aim to link the energy, expertise of our members with the planning and public policy needs of Oregon’s rural communities.

Our mission is to assist Oregon's resource-dependent rural communities while providing supported, applied experience to college graduates from across the country. RARE members live in rural communities for eleven months and serve cities, counties, non-governmental organizations or state agencies to improve economic and environmental conditions in rural Oregon. The RARE AmeriCorps Program is now in its 26th year; over the years we have placed more than 550 volunteers and served every Oregon County.

Each RARE member focuses on community specific projects that fall within the following focus areas: land use planning, downtown development, community and economic development, regional tourism, renewable energy, food systems planning and natural resources planning. For more information about the types of work our members take on, click here:

RARE AmeriCorps members are required to be either U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. In addition, 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. For more information about eligibility and our selection process, click here:

Application Guidelines/Contact:
If you are interested in applying to RARE, please complete our Member Application Process. Applications for 2020-2021 are being accepted now for a September placement.

Step 1: View the 2020-2021 RARE Application Preview and collect your application materials. This document is a preview of the information you will submit using the link provided in Step 2.

2020-2021 RARE Application Preview

Step 2: Submit your final application using the link below. When you have gathered all your materials, follow the link below to input all your information. Important: you will NOT be able to save your application and return later. You must input and submit everything in one sitting, so please be sure to have all your materials assembled before you begin.

2020-2021 RARE AmeriCorps Application Submission Link

Step 3: Complete the five essay questions listed below in a single document, carefully labeling each question. Save your response as either a Word document or a PDF with the following name: LastName_part_ap_20-21_essay. Submit your complete essay response document as an attachment in an email to [email protected].

Essay Questions:
1. Please tell us how participation in the RARE program will help you reach your short and long term personal and professional goals. (word limit: 1000)
2. Please tell us how your background and values will contribute to the community that you will serve and to the RARE program as a whole. (word limit: 1000)
3. Please describe your perspectives on living/working in a rural community. (word limit: 500)
4. Please briefly state what you view as your most significant accomplishment. (word limit: 250)
5. Please complete the following statement: “People may be surprised when they learn that I…” (word limit 250)

Step 4: Save your professional resume as either a Word document or a PDF with the following name: LastName_part_ap_20-21_resume. Submit your professional resume as an attachment in an email to [email protected].

Please remember that we will only consider complete applications with all three application components:
• The application form from Step 2
• The essay questions from Step 3
• The resume from Step 4

If you have problems or need assistance, please send us an email or call (541) 346-2879.

Completed applications must submitted and essay/resume must be emailed (as an attachment) to the RARE office no later than 5pm April 24, 2020.

Published on:
January 9, 2020 - 12:00pm
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