Now Hiring: Summer VISTA Positions

March 11, 2019

Organizations have been selected and are now hiring for the 2019 Summer VISTA program. Iowa Campus Compact’s VISTA Summer Associates will be placed in community agencies and on college campuses to work on projects including the development of new curricula for youth programming, developing new partnerships with community agencies who serve youth, recruiting volunteers to serve youth over the summer, developing strategies to retain those volunteers, and providing direct tutoring and mentoring services to Iowa’s youth.

Students interested in applying can review position descriptions and contact vistaleader {at} compact(.)org. Applications will be considered by the host sites on a rolling basis until May 1, 2019.

Summer VISTA Sites

Arthritis Foundation (Des Moines, IA): The VISTA will utilize their talents and expertise to enhance existing volunteer management process with specific focus on recruiting new volunteers. The member will connect with new sources of volunteers (colleges, universities, young nonprofit groups) using volunteer recruitment best practices.

  • This position has been filled.

Buena Vista University Office of Civic Engagement (Storm Lake, IA): The Summer VISTA member will serve with the Storm Lake School district to combat summer learning loss by developing curriculum materials for Pre K-12th grade for BVU’s annual day of service Buenafication Day. The member will develop a standard curriculum to accompany service projects conducted in the community.

  • Hiring for 1 position.

Drake University (Des Moines, IA): The Summer VISTA member will recruit and manage volunteers to maintain the Sprout Community Garden on Drake’s campus. Produce is donated to local food pantries, the Free Little Pantry, and to community volunteers and groups that come to the garden. The AmeriCorps member will also plan summer educational events in the garden for residence of the Drake Neighborhood.

  • Hiring for 1 position.

Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA (Dubuque, IA): Summer VISTA members will support YMCA literacy programs with the goal of maintaining school-age reading levels for 6-12 year olds. Members will also be trained on and provide character development activities (anti-bullying and self-esteem building).  The VISTA volunteer will serve directly with the children to achieve these outcomes.

  • Hiring for 3 positions.

Dunkerton Public Library (Dunkerton, IA): The Summer VISTA member will help with outreach to community daycare centers during the summer reading program. They will take a rotating collection of new library books to the daycare centers, collect completed reading records and distribute reading prizes.

  • This position has been filled.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Cherokee County (Cherokee, IA): The Summer VISTA member will provide leadership and assistance for ISU extension’s youth-focused programs which reach about 200 youth every summer. The program includes K-3 and 4-8 STEM, Robotics and Family and Consumer Science Programs. The member will coordinate the program and recruit adult volunteers to support and ensure long-term program sustainability. The member will also be responsible for coordinating program outreach to local beneficiaries.

  • Hiring for 1 position.

Lutheran Services in Iowa (Des Moines, IA): Summer VISTA members will play an essential role in the growth and capacity development of both the Global Greens Farmers’ Market and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Members will work closely with staff to improve the quality and attendance of the farmers’ market as well as developing new procedural systems for the growing Global Greens CSA. Members will also assist in connecting farmers to new training opportunities through out the summer by visiting farms, connecting to outside trainings and helping to provide on-site technical assistance. Members will also be involved in developing new partnerships to increase sales outlets for farmers.

  • Hiring for 2 positions.

Red Rock Lake Association (Pella, IA): The Summer Vista will support summer environmental learning programs and outdoor opportunities offered by the Red Rock Lake Association.

  • Hiring for 1 position.

The Bridge of Storm Lake (Storm Lake, IA): Summer VISTA members will serve on a team to incorporate 17 summer service projects which connect, support, and empower youth through service activities and opportunities that enrich their lives. These projects will focus on educational, vocational, cultural awareness, and service in the Storm Lake community.

  • Hiring for 4 positions.

Interested in applying? Contact vistaleader {at} compact(.)org for more information.

AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates

Summer VISTA members will be participants in the AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program. Members will receive a modest bi-weekly living allowance at and the choice of an end-of-service education award or cash stipend. The Summer VISTA service term will start June 3, 2019 and end August 9, 2019.