Resource Assistance for Rural Environments Recruitment

Are you seeking an unparalleled service learning experience? Are you looking to serve with a rural community to create meaningful change? Would you like to dive into community and economic development, sustainability planning, or food systems?

If yes, consider a year of service with the RARE AmeriCorps Program!

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Priority Focus Areas for 2021-22: COVID-19 and Wildfire Recovery & Resilience, Renewable Energy, Engaging with Latinx Communities


What is RARE?

Serving rural Oregon for over 27 years, University of Oregon’s Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (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.


What RARE members do?

RARE AmeriCorps projects typically fall into three broad categories:

  • Community and Economic Development
    • Coordinating the development of a downtown master plan or parks and recreation master plan
    • Creating regional economic post-COVID recovery plans
    • Engaging a community in creative placemaking and installing murals
  • 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
  • Food Systems
    • Creation of community food assessments and tribal food sovereignty assessments
    • Enhancement of local farmers’ markets and food related business activities
    • Development of a regional agritourism food trail



  • April 23Member Applications due
  • May 3 – June 11: Phone interviews with RARE staff
  • June 11: Members invited to participate
  • June 21-25: Members interview with potential communities
  • July 5-9: Final placement decisions will be made
  • September 8-10: RARE Orientation & start of service!
  • July 31, 2022: Last day of service


What you gain:

  • Living Stipend/Monthly: $1,800
  • Medical Insurance, if eligible
  • Possible Child Care Benefits
  • Segal Educational Award of $6,345.
  • Student Loan Forbearance
  •  Professional Training in Community Development, Grant Writing, Communication, Land Use, Economic Development, Facilitation, Leadership, Etc.
  • Nine Graduate Credits from the University of Oregon’s Master of Community & Regional Planning, Master of Public Administration, or Master of Nonprofit Management program
  • Eligibility for In-state Tuition
  • Unparalleled Network of 500+ Alumni