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.

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October was probably our busiest month so far with the River Town Outreach Corps. My biggest project of the month was working with California University of Pennsylvania in putting together a day of service where students would do projects around the borough of California.

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In each of our towns it seemed like October was the month for getting things done. We all contributed to each town in some way. It was great getting all of us together to get some important projects done, and having fun while we did them.

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October was a key month for the River Towns, as we have to wrap up lots of projects before the winter hits here in Pennsylvania. We spent several days working outside on a variety of projects. In November and December, we will have to switch back to more office work. Our sponsoring organization, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, graciously gave us $3000 to complete small projects.

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The month of October has been one of phasing out our involvement in projects, and looking ahead to planning some new ones for next year’s corps. Greensboro had their last Farmers’ Market, and we lucked out with GORGEOUS weather and our largest vendor selection yet. The town saw close to 100 people coming through to listen to The Huffs perform, and enjoy some pumpkin painting activities!

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