Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Americorps Service Member

Creswell, OR
Application close date: 

Call for Participant Applications 

Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) is a unique AmeriCorps Program serving 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 the UO with the planning and public policy needs of Oregon communities. 

RARE AmeriCorps Mission

RARE's mission is to assist Oregon's resource-dependent rural communities while providing supported, applied experience to graduate level students from across the US. 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 program is now in its 19th year; over the years we have placed more than 400 volunteers and served nearly every Oregon County.

Current Projects 

Each RARE participant focuses on community specific projects that fall within the following focus areas: downtown development, public health, transportation planning, community education, economic development, land use planning, food systems planning, and natural resources planning. Current projects include:

  • The participant placed with The City of Creswell is developing an Emergency Operations Plan, recruiting volunteers for an Earth Day Celebration, carrying forward a major redevelopment project, and working to improve local access to community assistance services.
  • The participant placed with the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team is developing a community water festival, coordinating a local water quality monitoring program, and helping implement a number of economic development action plans.
  • The participant placed with Food Roots is completing a community food assessment, strengthening relationships between food system stakeholders, and supporting the growth of community gardens and farmers' markets.

Application Guidelines/Contact:

If you are interested in applying to RARE, please complete our Member Application Process. Applications for 2013-2014 are being accepted now for a September placement.

Please complete the following steps:

Step 1: Download the 2012-2013 RARE Application Form at:

Step 2: Populate the RARE Application Form. Please make sure to adequately answer each of the five essay questions included in the RARE Application Form

Step 3: Please include an electronic version of your professional resume in your RARE Application Form

When you have completed the application packet save and send as a Word document to in the format: LastName_part_ap_13. Your application must be sent as one document or it will be returned. If you have problems or need assistance, please send us an email at the email above or call (541) 346-2879.

Completed applications must be emailed (send as an attachment) to the RARE office no later than 5pm April 26, 2013.

Salary: Monthly Stipend of $1,500, Health Insurance, Education Award of $5,550, Nine graduate credits,

Contact phone and/or email: 
(541) 346-2879