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.)
SDSU Tribal Outreach VISTA Member - Support South Dakota’s 9 tribal nations by advancing American Indian student success including promoting an enhanced understanding of Oceti Sakowin (people of Seven council Fires).
Local Food System Coordinator VISTA Member - Interested in local foods and food justice? We want you to be a key player in bringing local food access to some of the most under-served areas in South Dakota.
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.
Healthy Schools Advisor VISTA Member - Join a national movement-Make a statewide impact-Improve the health of youth! Advance healthy school environments by building support for a variety of nutrition-based programs in South Dakota schools.
Tribal Local Foods VISTA Member - Interested in tribal local foods and food sovereignty? Build capacity for a sustainable community food system on Pine Ridge Reservation.
Tribal Local Foods AgrAbility VISTA Member - Interested in tribal local foods and food sovereignty? Build capacity for a sustainable community food system on Pine Ridge Reservation.
Family Resource Management VISTA Member - We want YOU to help enhance communications about our financial literacy programs. Perfect for those interested in communications/writing/research. You don’t have to be a financial expert to succeed in this position.
Gerontology VISTA Member - Empower citizens through research, stakeholder engagement, education, and much more! Perfect for those interested in health/research/gerontology/education.
SDSU Extension VISTA Leader - Are you an alum? We want you!... to help lead 9 AmeriCorps VISTA members toward a successful service year. This is a perfect leadership opportunity for someone wanting to expand their resume.
Communications Coordinator VISTA Member - Want to expand your resume in communications? Work with Communications team to increase social media presence and statewide brand identity by developing a Strategic Communications Plan. Develop and publish new, engaging content for website, social media, and other communication methods.
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!