vista member faq
Applications open: April 1st, 2016
Application closes: May 16th, 2016
Host-site interviews: May 23rd, 2016-June 3rd, 2016
Applicant Acceptance: June 6th, 2016
Final candidate selection: June 15th, 2016
Initial interviews: as applications are submitted.
How do I apply?
There are several steps to the application process.
Step 1: Create an account in the my.americorps.gov portal. Once you have created the account, you can apply for any VCC VISTA positions.
Step 2: Carefully read the service description. Make sure you understand the location and requirements of the posting.
Step 3: Email your cover letter and resume to Matt Pinson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Step 4: VCC will contact those candidates we feel best exemplify the qualifications and passion necessary for a VISTA position to schedule an initial interview. The purpose of this interview is to: make sure the candidate is aware of the service requirements, go over basic AmeriCorps and VCC information, and further refine the search process.
Step 5: The top candidates from the initial interviews will be forwarded to the appropriate host sites who will then schedule a second interview. This interview will ensure that the candidate is a good fit for that particular site.
Step 6: If VCC and the host site are in agreement about a candidate, they are directed to the myamericorps portal to officially accept the position.
Where VISTA members serve?
VISTA members serve in their communities as part of that community. VCC campuses are all around Vermont, from Lyndon to Bennington and places in between.
What do VISTA members do?
Members engage in indirect service focused on capacity building and sustainability for their sites programs.
What is indirect service?
To quote the VISTA Handbook: "Your role in alleviating poverty in the nation is to mobilize your community's resources, increase the capacity of the low-income community to achieve its goals, and ensure that the activities you initiate or expand as a VISTA member are able to be sustained by the community when you leave."
What benefits do members receive?
To learn more about life as a VISTA, head over to the VISTA Campus. There you can learn about VISTA policies, benefits, and the types of work you can do as a VISTA.
What are team meetings?
Team meeting are once a month personal and professional development sessions with the VISTA team. The VISTA Leader will coordinate these meetings and present on a number of topics that will be beneficial to the team, as well as check-ins and fun activities. Most of the time, these meetings will be in person at a host site, but the venue can change to include webinars and off site retreats. These meetings are mandatory.
What is the ROS?
ROS, meaning Record of Service, is your official VCC and CCNH monthly time sheet. The ROS is to be sent to the VISTA Leader via email on the Monday after the ROS is completed.
What are the Progress Reports?
The Progress Reports are your bi-annual activity report. The numbers and stories you report on are used by VCC, CCNH, and CNCS to demonstrate the effectiveness and impact of the VISTA program. The Progress Reports are completed online and automatically sent to CCNH.
How many personal and sick days do I get?
Each VISTA member receives 10 personal and 10 sick days that can be used throughout your service year. These days are "use them or lose them": they will not be bought back if unused.
For general information or questions about VISTA, please visit the VISTA Campus website.
If you require further assistance, you can also contact for the VISTA Member Support Unit.
For further VISTA questions, you can view this VISTA FAQ page from CNCS.