Contractors & Volunteers
Contractors, service workers, and volunteers play a vital role in revitalizing the areas and communities surrounding abandoned mines.

Contractor Information

AML projects typically require design and construction work aimed at reclamation or, where reclamation is not achievable, mitigating or remediating hazards to restore land and water. Persons seeking opportunities in AML reclamation projects are encouraged to first contact the appropriate State or Tribal agency.

Most coal AML reclamation project contracts are awarded through competitive bidding by State or Tribal AML agencies with approved reclamation programs under Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) authorities. Under 30 CFR Section 874.16, “Contractor eligibility,” to receive AML funds from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund established by the every successful bidder for an AML contract must be eligible under Office of Surface Mining regulations at 30 CFR sections 773.12, 773.13, and 773.14 at the time of contract award to receive a permit or provisionally issued permit to conduct surface coal mining operations.

Hardrock and uranium AML projects are awarded by Federal, State and Tribal agencies under various programs and authorities. Refer to the homepage of this website for links to State and Tribal agencies. AML projects run the full spectrum from securing adits and shafts to remediating large-scale environmental hazard areas. It is common for small sites or problem areas to be grouped together under the umbrella of a project for solicitation of bids. Similarly, land management agencies apply a “watershed approach” in order to pool resources to address mixed land ownership situations. Specific requirements and standards reflect the authorities, funding and program policies of the agency. The following links may be of assistance to potential contractors seeking opportunities with Federal agencies.

Bureau of Land Management — Doing Business With the BLM
Forest Service — Acquisition Management
National Park Service — Doing Business with the NPS
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — Omaha District Contracting Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Contract Opportunities

Public Service Opportunities

Thirty-seven million Americans live in poverty. Through AmeriCorps VISTA, you can make a tangible difference. And, you’ll find the fulfillment that comes from using your knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances turn their dreams into reality. AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years. VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, you’ll create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

Would you like a job that matters? Are you motivated to fight water pollution and improve the living conditions of low-income communities? If you are, an OSM/VISTA position with the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team is waiting for you. As an ACCWT member, you will live and work in low income communities dealing with contaminated streams, depressed economies, and other issues related to abandoned mine lands and impoverished communities. Your help is needed in building a program that will alleviate these problems by working with community volunteers to make lasting environmental change happen at a local level. You will also participate in grant writing and other fund raising activities, educational outreach, and development efforts needed to help sustain communities and their watersheds throughout the region. Would You Like To Be An OSM/VISTA?

Volunteer Opportunities

Many AML program agencies augment their resources through volunteers. AML-related opportunities offer a great way to learn more about AML impacts on-the-ground and to participate in cleanup projects. Chances are that your qualifications and skills can applied in a mutually beneficial manner. Examples of how volunteers are helping AML partnering agencies include: posting signs and fencing, helping to locate and report AML hazards along trails, conducting bat and other wildlife surveys, planting trees and vegetation, and assisting with education and outreach. In addition to the individual Federal, State and Tribal AML program web pages, you can visit the and Corporation for National and Community Service websites to search volunteer opportunities with the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Forest Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Corporation for National and Community Service