Volunteer Services Development VISTA - 2021-22

Volunteer Services Development VISTA

Tentative start - August 2021

For one year, you can get paid to build sustainable solutions in a community, gain valuable hands on experience and prepare for your future. This full-time AmeriCorps service position offers a great opportunity to make a real impact in the lives of others while building your own knowledge and skillset.

AmeriCorps VISTA members are Volunteers in Service to America who perform indirect service to build capacity and sustainability solutions.

What will you do?

The volunteer services development VISTA member creates, documents and implements a plan for volunteer recruitment, scheduling and recognition in order to increase the number of volunteers and improve the overall volunteer experience. Explore current volunteer programs and resources and identify best practices. This may include focusing engagement and outreach with specific groups, such as youth or veterans.

*Research, develop and document:
*A volunteer recruitment plan, including targeting local faith organizations, school groups, civic groups and other community organizations.
*Systems to schedule volunteers and track volunteer hours.
*A volunteer training and evaluation plan that will ensure all volunteers have the skills needed to perform their roles successfully and where mutual feedback can be given.
*A volunteer recognition plan.

This position will focus on brand management, research monitoring and/or evaluation, virtual/digital systems and platforms and volunteer services aspects of Habitat affiliate operations.

Where will you serve?

Serve, learn, lead and explore all the Connecticut has to offer! Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity excited to have the opportunity to host AmeriCorps members this year to help our affiliate to grow and prosper. Our AmeriCorps members will play an integral role in providing leadership on our project sites, engaging volunteers to become champions for our mission, and build capacity. Our members will be the ambassadors of Hartford Habitat, interacting with over 5,000 volunteers, partner families and community stakeholders. During a year of service with Hartford Habitat, AmeriCorps members will gain insight to the inner workings of a non-profit organization and gain hands-on experience in leadership, public speaking and community development. Hartford Habitat is looking for AmeriCorps members who have a strong passion for our mission and an interest in pursuing a Habitat career beyond their AmeriCorps year. AmeriCorps members will work with and learn from our construction staff, many of them AmeriCorps Alumni and strong advocates for National Service. Nestled in the middle of the state, Hartford is a great location to explore the beauty of Connecticut and is also in close proximity to both the beauty of New England to the north as well as many major East Coast cities.

Join us at Hartford Habitat for a year of service, learning and adventure!


Benefits of AmeriCorps service

*Annual living allowance range from $13,399 to $26,798, determined by the service location; most locations are on the lower end of this range.
*Segal Education Award of $6,345, upon successful completion of service.
*Health benefits and enrollment in Employee Assistance Plan.
*Ten personal and 10 medical leave days.
*Possible forbearance or deferment of qualified student loans.
*Child care benefits, if you qualify.
*Noncompetitive eligibility status for federal employment for one year after successful completion of service.
*Relocation travel assistance for members relocating more than 50 miles to serve.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens or is a person residing in a state that have the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status, or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status. Applicants must be at least 18 or older and have a high school diploma or GED.

Preferred Qualifications

*Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity International and AmeriCorps.
*Ability to work with a diverse group of people.
*Strong verbal communication skills.
*Strong research skills.
*Detail oriented and highly organized.
*Experience working as a member of a team.
*Basic experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel.
Hartford, CT
Job Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
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About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, is a global, Christian-based nonprofit organization that grew out of an intentionally multi-racial community in rural Georgia. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat brings together people of all faiths and people of no faith to build homes, communities and hope. Working alongside each other, we help families and individuals build and improve places to call home and achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Habitat seeks individuals who have a willingness to affirm these principles and values.


Habitat for Humanity International is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel for all our positions in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran/reserve national guard status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.