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Become an OSMRE / VISTA Volunteer

"I spent my year as an OSMRE/VISTA learning and contributing as much as I could to water resources conservation in Colorado. Being a part of the WHWT helped me make strides forward in my professional career and gave me a great deal of satisfaction, exposure, and accomplishment. I'm proud to have served as a team member alongside wonderful people, all doing amazing things. "

-Aaron Parker, OSMRE/VISTA Alum, Naturalist for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

OSM/VISTAs at work

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

Western Hardrock Watershed Team (WHWT) OSMRE/VISTA Volunteers enjoy a unique opportunity to work with grassroots environmental leaders, partner with government officials, collaborate with environmental businesses, experience the west and explore a wide range of future career paths and opportunities in the process. OSMRE/VISTA Volunteers live and work in communities that are confronting the environmental & economic challenges that remain from historic mining in the West.

The WHWT is a program of Conservation Legacy and is made possible through a partnership among the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), AmeriCorps VISTA, and community-led nonprofit groups.

OSM/VISTAs at AMD site

OSMRE/VISTA Volunteer Candidate Requirements

  • Must be a citizen, national or lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Be at least 18 years or older
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Passionate and committed to bringing individuals and communities out of poverty

To Apply

To apply for OSMRE/VISTA volunteer positions please visit: and search Program Name: “OSMRE”.  

Select available positions and select “Apply Now”.

When prompted, register with the system by creating a profile and then apply.