AmeriCorps VISTA

Join SDSU Extension 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.

AmeriCorps VISTA national service members will serve a one-year term of service June 2018 – June 2019 and receive:

  • End of Service Award - Choose between a Segal Education Award ($5,815) to pay for a range of education expenses or a cash stipend ($1,500).
  • Living Allowance - Receive a modest bi-weekly living allowance to cover basic expenses.
  • Healthcare Benefit - Choose between reimbursement for healthcare or a healthcare plan. Dental and vision are also included.
  • Gain valuable work experience and community connections
  • Impress future employers with a “national service” designation on your resume
  • Professional Development Training - Attend in-person and virtual professional development opportunities throughout the year.
  • Relocation Allowance - If you move 50+ miles from your home to a new community, you receive relocation travel assistance and a settling-in allowance.
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) - NCE is a unique hiring path which makes it easier for federal agencies to hire you.
  • Child Care - You may be eligible to receive a child care benefit if you have children under the age of 13.

A variety of positions are available to meet a diversity of professional interests and skills!

Select the position below that most interests you 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.)

  • Aging in Place Coordinator VISTA Member - Join a team dedicated to improving opportunities for older generations to enjoy access to life's fundamentals that promote health and wellness!
  • Family Resource Management 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. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a financial expert! In this role, you would build partnerships, distribute surveys, market the programs, etc. 
  • Better Choices, Better Health (BCBH) VISTA Member - VISTA Extension Associate - Join a team dedicated to helping people dealing with chronic conditions learn to better manage their condition and their life. Drive program capacity of the Better Choices - Better Health Program.
  • Agriculture and Society VISTA Member - Assist in the development of the South Dakota 4-H Science of Agriculture Response Challenge. Co-lead advancement of the Science of Ag Program and Life Skills Workforce Food Access Program!
  • Healthy Schools Coach 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.
  • 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.
  • Grow SD VISTA Member - Be a part of co-leading the design of the Grow SD program. Link food pantries with SDSU Extension Master Gardeners to help communities increase food security for limited resource audiences.
  • SDSU Extension VISTA Leader – Join a team dedicated to improving the health of South Dakotans. Duties include recruiting, training, leading and supporting a small team of AmeriCorps VISTA members with the guidance of SDSU Extension staff. Prerequisite – Must have previously served as an AmeriCorps or Peace Corps member.

Positions are currently open in Aberdeen, Lemmon, Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Watertown and other South Dakota communities.

Who can Apply?

  • AmeriCorps VISTA members 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 at 605.782.3290;