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AmeriCorps VISTA

Updated January 09, 2019

Aimee Ladonski

SDSU Extension Volunteer Development Field Specialist

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program in which AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to a full-time one-year term of service to help fight poverty across the nation. President Johnson started the VISTA program in 1964 and in 1993 VISTA joined the AmeriCorps network of programs. The AmeriCorps VISTA program has been combating poverty across the nation for over 50 years.

The SDSU Extension AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and motivated to help alleviate poverty across the state of South Dakota. They join more than 8,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members across the country all serving towards the same goal of ending poverty. SDSU Extension AmeriCorps VISTA members provide capacity building efforts in the areas of gerontology, tribal local foods, family resource management, health outreach, nutrition education, and other SDSU Extension programs.

Who can apply?

  • AmeriCorps VISTA member must be 18 and over.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA service is open to U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, Lawful Permanent Residents and persons legally residing in a state that have one of the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, or temporary protected status.

Questions can be directed to Aimee House Ladonski, SDSU Extension Volunteer Development Field Specialist (605.782.3290).

AmeriCorps VISTA Open Positions

Join SDSU Extension’s AmeriCorps VISTA program to make a difference in communities across South Dakota.

AmeriCorps VISTA service members will work with SDSU Extension staff to increase knowledge of and access to physical and financial health and wellness techniques in effort to bring economically disadvantaged South Dakotans out of poverty.

SDSU Extension provides their AmeriCorps VISTA members with professional development training throughout the year including monthly webinars and trainings tailored to the needs of our members.

AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a multitude of benefits during and after their year of service including:

  • The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or Cash Stipend
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility
  • Health Care Allowance
  • Living Allowance
  • Relocation Benefit
  • Leave Time

A variety of positions are available to meet diverse professional interests and skills! Positions are currently open in a variety of South Dakota communities.

Select the position that most interests you below to be directed to a position description and application link. (Please note the application process is managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service so you will be routed to a separate web page.)

Health Outreach VISTA Member - Join an exciting effort modeled after Stanford University’s chronic disease self-management program, supported by premiere healthcare partners. Plan events, market the program, engage partners and more!

Healthy Schools Advisor VISTA Member - Join a team dedicated to strengthening nutrition education programs and fostering healthy school environments. Member will build support for school breakfast and farm-to-school programs.

Ag & Society 4-H VISTA Member - Do you desire to help shape cutting-edge, team-based programming that serves those in need? Co-lead advancement of the Science of Ag Program and Life Skills Workforce Food Access Program!

SDSU Grant Program VISTA Member - Never a dull moment in the College of Ag/Bio Grant Program Office! You’ll build capacity for research, learn grant writing & have ready access to The BEST Ice Cream – SDSU created Cookies & Cream.

Ag & Society VISTA Member - Do you desire to help shape cutting-edge, team-based programming that serves those in need? Join us in advancing the Native American Beginning Farmer Rancher & Tribal Local Food development programs.

Family Resource Management Extension Associate VISTA Member - Join a team dedicated to improving the financial health of economically disadvantaged South Dakotans! Develop or contribute to programs that improve personal and family financial knowledge.

Gerontology VISTA Member - Join our team of gerontologists as we work to empower South Dakotans of all ages through research, education, and community outreach.

Local Food System Coordinator VISTA Member - Build the local foods system across South Dakota by increasing outreach, program delivery and education through the SD Specialty Producers Association, a state recognized nonprofit corporation.

SDSU Extension VISTA Leader - Already served a year in AmeriCorps or Peace Corps? Join a dynamic team to help lead and empower nine AC VISTAs to improve the health and wellness of disadvantaged South Dakotans.

Tribal Local Foods VISTA Member - Design, promote, and evaluate opportunities to implement tribal local foods initiatives for South Dakotans living in persistent poverty.

There are so many different forms of service you can do in AmeriCorps. No matter what program you choose, you can rest assured that you will be getting things done!