River and Trail Towns Outreach Corps

The Trail Town Outreach Corps (TTOC) was developed in 2009 to give young people hands-on sustainability experience promoting community revitalization, conservation, tourism, and recreation along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail. The River Town Outreach Corps (RTOC) was developed in 2011 along the same model to promote these goals in the Monongahela River corridor.

TTOC and RTOC provide ten-month internships in select communities in southwestern Pennsylvania. TTOC focuses on communities along the Great Allegheny Passage trail, while RTOC works in communities along the Upper Monongahela River. Members work in collaboration with community partners on local and regional initiatives that address regional issues and opportunities to build connections between towns via trail-based or river-based tourism and recreation. Members bring skills from a range of disciplines and duties which include, but are not limited to: creating and implementing visitor and business attraction strategies; creating and implementing Main Street revitalization efforts; coordinating and leading outdoor recreation, cultural, and community events; educational programming; community outreach; habitat restoration, enhancement, and improvement; volunteer recruitment and coordination; and creating content for marketing materials such as websites, newsletters, blogs, brochures, and social media.

Members of RTOC and TTOC engage with thousands of citizens each year via hands-on habitat restoration projects, presentations, service projects, and educational programming on public lands and in communities in southwestern Pennsylvania. Members gain meaningful professional experience and exposure to sustainability and community development professionals across government and nonprofit sectors.

Trainings Offered: 

  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Project Management
  • Community Development
  • Local Economies
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Media Relations
  • Public Speaking
  • Social Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Grant Writing
  • Sustainability 101

Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and must pass a background check.

Related Posts & Program Information

Earlier this week, Jeff Malik, project leader for the Trail Town Outreach Corps, attended the Mid America Trails and Greenways (MATAG) conference to speak about the Trail Town Program.

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I have a hard time visiting a city without trying to find its art museums.  I may be no good at drawing or sculpting or anything like that, but I have a strong appreciation for art.  So do many others who find their daily lives and trip experiences enriched by arts and crafts.  Artsy places are a draw for artsy people, and that may not be much different when we’re talking about our trail users.  Murals and statuary and gardens and sculptures make places more interesting and memorable, so amon

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In order to fully understand the trail user experience, TTOC rode the length of the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland this September.  Over the course of four days and 150 miles, we learned why so many people do the trip.  While we undoubtedly enjoyed the experience, we also identified future projects, maintained our electronic counters, and finished taking inventory of every sign along the trail.  Additionally, the trip allowed us the opportunity to view the tow

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