Open VISTA Positions

VISTA Positions

VISTA Member Compensation: $29,777
VISTA Leader Compensation: $32,109


  • One year full-time service commitment
  • VISTA Pre-Service Orientation: prior to service
  • Living Allowance of $22,882 (pre-tax) provided during service
  • Education Award of $6,895 OR $1,800 end of service stipend
  • Health coverage
  • Child care subsidy available for qualified members
  • College loan forbearance
  • Settling-in allowance  (up to $750), relocation allowance and mileage reimbursement ($0.40/mile) available
  • College degree preferred

2023 Positions

(Listed By County)

Broome County

Rural Health Network of South Central New York

VISTA Leader (Binghamton, NY)

The AmeriCorps VISTA leaders program is open to members who have completed at least one year of full-time service with AmeriCorps or Peace Corps. VISTA Leaders receive a living allowance of $20,000.

The VISTA Leader will be responsible for guiding a group of 19 VISTA members through their year of service, supporting them with meetings, resources, and encouragement. In this role, the Leader serves as a mentor, liaison, recruiter, facilitator, and educator for the team. With the support of Rural Health Service Corps (RHSC) staff, they will promote the RHSC VISTA project, assist with coordinating VISTA trainings, hold monthly meetings with all VISTA members, and alert current members to updates and webinars with VISTA campus. At times, they will assist in recruiting through promoting and advertising VISTA positions, contacting candidates, performing initial applicant screenings, and recommending top candidates to the VISTA supervisor. The VISTA Leader will also assist with member training opportunities, reporting, and data collection. They will support RHN’s VISTA program by making site visits to other VISTA sites, documenting findings, and sharing these with the VISTA supervisor.


Environmental Health VISTA

This position will begin in January 2024

The Environmental Health VISTA will serve as a member of the Community Health Education team by leading the creation of an Environmental Health initiative. The Environmental Health VISTA will build capacity for RHN to deliver Environmental Health Education. Some duties of the member will include:

  • Exploring the impacts of extreme weather events on health within Southern Tier communities, focusing on residents living with chronic diseases, in poverty, and in rural areas.
  • Working with RHN’s Health Education team to develop curricula for community members and community-based organizations on health impacts of extreme weather events
  • Recruiting a focus group of people with lived experience, including community members and professionals
  • Utilizing social media communications to highlight the connection between the natural world and health

Chemung County

Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Food Bank Agency and Program Capacity VISTA (Elmira, NY)


The VISTA will support the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s Agency & Program Capacity priorities to enable our network to increase its capacity through trainings, program development including the expansion of our new Diaper Bank program, and the introduction of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) framework.

Healthcare Partnership VISTA (Elmira, NY)


The VISTA will work closely with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s Health & Nutrition Programs Manager and Director of Health & Nutrition on new and established healthcare partnership programs with local healthcare institutions. Responsibilities will include supporting menu development, planning for meal delivery programs, program evaluation, and suggestions for improvement and enhancement of services. The VISTA will also have an opportunity to take part in the development of strategies to engage with new healthcare partners.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County

Volunteer Coordinator VISTA (Elmira, NY)

The VISTA will be a volunteer coordinator tasked with the assignments of supporting the Chemung Volunteer Action Corp (CVAC) Program of CCE Chemung and assisting CCE Chemung with the development of volunteer management procedures. This will involve recruiting volunteers, streamlining onboarding and management procedures, and coordinating events.

Delaware County

Delaware Opportunities

Food and Nutrition Specialist (Hamden, NY)


The VISTA will work closely with program staff, particularly those connected to food and nutrition programs, to develop, implement, and support new program initiatives focused on children and/or food insecurity.  Some new initiatives that may be part of the experience will include a new mobile food pantry and bringing that to scale, a weekend backpack program for youth via the Food Bank at Delaware Opportunities, Farm to Head Start planning, mass food distribution volunteer recruitment and management, and any other related food and nutrition initiative to support low-income families in Delaware County.

Schuyler County

Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs

Opioid/Over-the-Counter Coordinating VISTA (Watkins Glen, NY)


The VISTA will address the opioid crisis in Schuyler County by organizing and supporting coalition work surrounding substance abuse and the opioid epidemic. The programming treats opioid addiction and recovery as a health issue, emphasizing prevention, intervention, and treatment.

Tioga County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County

Volunteer Engagement Coordinator (Candor, NY)


The VISTA will work across all departments in CCE Tioga to strengthen the connection of youth to our food systems.  We have many existing 4-H and Master Gardener volunteers that can be united over shared knowledge, values and food-growing projects.  In addition, with the purchase of a 107-acre educational community farm in 2021, CCE Tioga wants to engage the regional partners with land-based projects. The volunteer coordinator position will need great people skills to engage new constituents and re-connect existing volunteers to our work.  Technical database skills and communication tools will be required. CCE Tioga is migrating to a CRM product solution for their customer data some valuable relational model skills will be acquired during this project.

Food Systems Coordinator (Candor, NY)


The VISTA will work with the CCE Tioga agriculture department to strengthen the connection of beginning farmers to the land including food access to our community.  With the purchase of a 107-acre educational community farm in 2021, CCE Tioga wants to engage the regional partners with land-based projects. The food systems coordinator position will need an understanding of healthy soil practices and great communication skills. Evaluation of our Beginning Farmer Incubator proposal and administration of our Richford CSA model will be main focus areas for engaging local farmers.  Technical database skills and communication tools knowledge is a plus but can also be learned on the job.

Tompkins County

REACH Medical

REACH Medical Capacity Building VISTA (Ithaca, NY)

 The REACH AmeriCorps VISTA member provides capacity building and organizational support to REACH staff members related to the development of the REACH Syringe Service Program (SSP) and other health equity expansion projects. The REACH VISTA member will work with REACH staff to develop data entry and reporting methods, implement compliance measures, and administer internal evaluation methods to ensure program success and compliance in accordance with the Department of Health AIDS Institute.


  • Collaborate with the REACH Data Analyst to develop, create, and manage SSP data collection and reporting methods.
  • Develop compliance measures for the SSP program (and other REACH departments as needed) with the assistance of the REACH Compliance Officer.
  • Develop and distribute SSP documentation, client resources, and promotional materials.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings including but not limited to daily REACH huddle and weekly data management meetings.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Operations and other members of the REACH team to complete grant applications and other funding/expansion opportunities as needed.


Successful applicants (minimum age 18) will demonstrate the following proficiencies and values:

  • An interest in, and commitment to, health and/or rural communities and people
  • Evidence of current and/or past volunteer service activities
  • Communication skills, including writing and verbal communication with clarity and accuracy
  • Self direction: Members must be self-directed and show evidence of their ability to work independently and efficiently
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, clear a National Service Criminal History Check, and have their high school diploma or GED