OSMRE/VISTAs serve with local community organizations addressing the environmental and economic impacts of legacy mining (mining which occurred before 1977). OSMRE/VISTAs serve through one year commitments, contributing to a three-year project hosted by community organizations. These projects are renewed annually through and application process.

OSMRE/VISTA Host Requirements

  • Serve a community impacted by legacy mining
  • Be a 501©3 nonprofit organization, or have a 501©3fiscal sponsor
  • Create a project that reflects the OSMRE/VISTA Team’s core goals and alleviates poverty
  • Identify a supervisor to provide at least four hours of supervision per week
  • Provide the support costs of hosting an OSMRE/VISTA (service related travel reimbursement, office space)
  • Pay a membership fee for each year of the project

OSMRE/VISTA Host Benefits

  • A human resource – a full-time college educated OSMRE/VISTA to assist in building your organization’s capacity
  • Administrative assistance from our support office
  • Free OSMRE/VISTA attendance at our biannual Team Trainings – allowing OSMRE/VISTAs to network with other VISTAs and gain skills for their service
  • Access to Team Listservs, grant writing instruction and consultation, webinars, and a regional network of ideas and experience through our team and support staff


To Apply

Complete an OSMRE/VISTA Project Concept Paper.

Direct questions and return application materials to the OSMRE/VISTA Team Coordinator:

Amy Showalter ashowalter@conservationlegacy.org; (Office) 304-252-4848 ext. 310; (Mobile) 304-533-3626