Open VISTA Positions
VISTA Member Compensation: $24,495
VISTA Leader Compensation: $26,895
- One year full-time service commitment
- VISTA Pre-Service Orientation: prior to service
- Living Allowance of $17,600 (pre-tax) provided during service
- Education Award of $6,895 OR $1500 end of service stipend
- Health coverage
- Child care subsidy available for qualified members
- College loan forbearance
- Relocation funds (up to $750) and mileage reimbursement ($0.40/mile) available
- College degree preferred
(Listed By 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.
Food and Health Network Program Assistant (Binghamton, NY)
The Food and Health Network Program Assistant VISTA will advance communications, resource development, and capacity-building to support the Food and Health Network Program (FaHN), and community food projects across an eight county region. The VISTA will work closely with FaHN staff, including the Director, Farm to School Coordinator, and Food as Medicine Coordinator to develop coordinated annual communication and education strategies that enhance food security and local food access initiatives.
The FaHN Program Assistant VISTA will assist with resource development through annual fundraising campaigns, and grant research and writing. The VISTA will also work closely with community partners to build capacity, and participate in county-based anti-hunger task forces’ and food councils.
Broome County Council of Churches
Food Security Advocate (Binghamton, NY)
This VISTA will have a lead role in resource development efforts to support healthy futures through the Broome County Council of Church’s efforts to eliminate food insecurity working with the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) and our non-profit grocery store the Greater Good Grocery (GGG). There will also be a focus on ensuring older adults have access to appropriate foods through Chop-n Chat classes held in Broome County.
The FoodSecurity Adovate’s efforts will focus on:
- Collaboration/Working side-by-side with program directors’ in all phases of food sourcing and navigation to support and grow the Council’s food focused programming.
- The creation and distribution of written appeals, newsletters and grants to provide education and financial support for programming.
- Assisting with the recruitment , orientation and supervision of volunteers to support the Council’s food-focused work in Broome County.
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Emergency Food Access VISTA (Elmira, NY)
The VISTA will work with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier (FBST) staff and the network to address gaps in services and increase access to emergency food assistance. This includes increasing volunteer capacity within our network, supporting the roll-out of home deliveries, and assisting with outreach to prospective strategic partners that will enable us to reach our goals towards increasing access.
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.
Order Ahead Production VISTA (Elmira, NY)
The VISTA will work with the production manager at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier on implementation of the Order Ahead pilot program. The vista will oversee volunteer shifts for finished goods, manage inventory, work within the operating / ordering system, be a liaison with Community Impact for clients and partners as well as provide data driven reviews and best practices of the operation to the COO. The VISTA will also work on menu creation with our Nutritionist.
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.
Food Bank School Food Center VISTA (Elmira, NY)
The VISTA will expand the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s School Food Center (SFC) program with a strong emphasis on Broome County. VISTAs will conduct outreach to potential SFC sites, market the program, assist with onboarding new sites, provide technical support, and expand the program into other counties as time permits. The VISTA will also work with the Program & Partnerships team to ensure best practices and models are implemented as well as program evaluation.
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.
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 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 Tells Project Coordinator VISTA (Owego, NY)
The Tioga Tells Project VISTA Member will use information gleaned from Year One and Year Two of the
Tioga Tells Project specific to the identified issue that Tioga County residents do not feel that they have an
active role in the decision-making process in the county and distrust the decision-makers in the county
overall. Working in conjunction with the Department of Planning and Development at Tioga Opportunities, Inc., the VISTA member will research evidence-based options, develop, and implement a “Leadership/Civic
Engagement Curriculum” which will be designed to provide education, training, and “tools” for local
disenfranchised residents who have historically been disconnected from or shut out of civic engagement
opportunities, advocacy efforts, and decision-making roles.
With knowledge comes power. Through education and awareness of skills needed to be effective at
speaking at public meetings, writing a letter to the editor, providing written testimony to proposed changes
in regulations, how to run a meeting and articulate your point of view or opinions, participants will be
equipped to take an active role in their neighborhood, municipality, school district, or other community
efforts. In doing so, participants will bring the voice of the “disenfranchised or marginalized” residents into
the overall decision-making processes.
Potential VISTA candidates should have excellent research and data analysis skills, proven experience in
setting up and working with a data base, experience in making presentation to groups, strong
organizational skills, and the ability to work independently.
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.
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