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

Daily and weekly updates continue to occur on the SCA TrailTowns Facebook friend and like pages. Earlier in the fall, the Great Allegheny Passage did a plug on its page for the GAPSBN page resulting in new fans that are not normally in our core town contacts. On this page, we continue to post our weekly blog that are housed on gapsbn.com.

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• The mural and welcome center signs, designed and painted by Laura Koposko and Jessica Lotman are complete. The colorful signs and murals feature native wildlife and plants, as well as popular regional recreational activities, like kayaking and biking.

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•The Sustainable Energy Fair was very successful. The GAP SBN table drew many onlookers who were interested about TTOC projects as well as the GAP SBN.
•At the TTOC office, we are currently planning the GAP SBN annual member networking event. This year the event will be taking place at Levi Deal Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Meyersdale, PA.

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October has been a month of planning for the future of my projects, catching up on projects that are not time sensitive and volunteering at many events. The event that I was most heavily involved in was Meyersdale’s Second Annual Oktoberfest.

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The cold winds blew in October as the Connellsville Community Gardens focused on thanking our volunteers, putting the gardens to bed, and preparing for next year. Along with beautiful fall foliage, we enjoyed warm and sunny weather for only a week or two this year, before the cold rain blew in.

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