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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

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 Rocky Mountain West community. GIS, environmental monitoring, community organizing, and economic development experience are a plus!


25+ sites in Colorado & New Mexico. Read more about the projects going on at our sites.


VISTA is a year of service (summer positions are also available)

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


Full Time (no external employment is permitted)


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.

After an initial screening applications received by the Support Office, eligable applicatns are sent onward to community groups seeking OSMRE/VISTA applicants for that term. It is dependent on the local OSMRE/VISTA Watershed sponsors to interview and select applicants. Final approval of applicants rests with the OSMRE/VISTA Teams Coordinator.

How to Apply:

Send your resume and a two to three page nonfiction writing sample (any subject) to 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. Call the OSMRE/VISTA Leader at (970) 403-0136 with questions.