(573) 785-6402
Become an AmeriCorps VISTA for Community & Economic Development

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.
Please reach out directly Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission using the contact information below.
Applications Due: October 31st, 2019

Take advantage of an opportunity to serve your community and country while gaining valuable skills and connections. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) currently has an AmeriCorps VISTA program with the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) and local partner Economic Development Districts (EDDs). Under this combined program, EDA-designated Economic Development Districts (EDDs) receive VISTA Members for a one-year term to extend their mission of leading locally-based, regionally driven economic development planning. Each VISTA assists their assigned region to provide economic development capacity building services to economically distressed, rural communities. The position will provide an opportunity to work closely with local communities, regional organizations & Federal agencies while receiving training in economic development.

Serve your country and improve the quality of life for economically distressed communities.
Invaluable hands-on economic development experience. For a full listing of benefits visit: www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service

During Service
•The position provides a $945/month living stipend.
•The volunteer position includes health care, child care, training, relocation expenses, and liability insurance.

After Service
Education Stipend - After a successful year of service, VISTAs can choose to receive either a $1,800 stipend or a $5,920 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) Status - Once a VISTA successfully completes service that VISTA will receive one year of non-competitive eligibility for employment in the federal government. This special hiring status enables the former VISTA to apply for federal jobs with the advantage of not having to go through the standard public competitive selection process. That means that you can be appointed to federal positions that may or may not be available to the public. NCE does not guarantee a federal job, but it does provide a valuable opportunity!

Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission
Title: Ozark Foothills Planning Coordinator
Description: Disaster recovery and resiliency technical assistance, with a focus on GIS services, provided to communities within the Foothills of the Missouri Ozarks, based in Poplar Bluff, MO and serving five counties in the region.
Point of Contact: Crystal Jones Tel. (573) 785-6402/ crystal@ofrpc.org
Website: www.ofrpc.org