Arkansas – Apple Seeds hiring VISTA Positions

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Apple Seeds, an education non-profit in Fayetteville, Arkansas, is looking to fill two VISTA positions starting August 20.
– Cooking in the Schools Coordinator
– Farm Lab Coordinator


The job descriptions can be found on our website at:
The listings are available at: Type in “VISTA” as the program and “Arkansas” as the state and you should find the two open positions.
I’ve also attached the job descriptions.
For more than 10 years Apple Seeds has been serving Northwest Arkansas. In that time the organization has made great strides, positively impacting the community—student surveys show improved attitudes toward healthy food and heightened knowledge of nutrition. Apple Seeds reached nearly 7,000 students in 2017 through its programs. Apple Seeds provides a variety of programs, including Farm Lab, Farm to Table cooking classes, Food Ambassadors, Cooking in the Schools and school garden workshops. For more information visit

North End Community Improvement Collaborative hiring AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Mansfield, Ohio

Help Wanted!  Join NECIC’s Local Foods Team as AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Imagine Mansfield filled with abundant food gardens that nourish healthy families in a thriving community.  Visualize a vibrant local foods scene where neighbors grow for market and bring home extra spending money.  Now imagine yourself actively engaged in this work as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America).

NECIC is currently recruiting for an AmeriCorps VISTA member to join our North End Local Foods team for a year-long assignment starting November 16, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year.

This position will support the startup of our North End Local Foods Initiative, with work duties focusing on three key areas:

– Develop resources for the Market Garden training program, targeting low- to moderate-income growers.
– Increase capacity by building partnerships and collaborations to support urban agriculture and healthy local foods projects.
– Increase access to fresh food by developing new outlets for local market growers.

Full job duty details are available at:

Benefits of VISTA Service

In addition to professional development and networking, this VISTA position offers a modest cost of living stipend of $979/month, plus the choice of either an end of term education award or monetary stipend.  The education award results in about $5,600 or the end of term cash stipend results in about $1,500.

Other benefits include: basic health coverage (not insurance), personal and sick days, mileage reimbursement, and attendance at the Ohio CDC Association conference in October.  VISTA members may also be eligible for a relocation allowance or childcare allowance.  VISTA Members who successfully complete their service also get preferential consideration for federal job openings.

Want more info?

If you or someone you know would like more information about this position, please contact Jean Taddie at 419-525-3101 or

For more info about NECIC, see or  AmeriCorps VISTA is a program of the Corporation for National Community Service, for more details on VISTA goals and priorities see:

Apply now for NECIC’s Local Foods Initiative VISTA position at:



Apple Seeds hiring two VISTA Positions

Fayetteville, Arkansas

About Apple Seeds:

Our community in Northwest Arkansas faces both hunger and obesity. Children in food insecure families are especially vulnerable to obesity due to the additional risk factors associated with poverty, including limited access to healthy and affordable foods. It’s difficult to believe that 49% of Arkansas adolescents report consuming fruits & vegetables less than one time a day. Poor nutrition places our young students at a severe disadvantage and studies show that this can negatively affect their health, cognitive development, and school performance. Hunger should be eliminated with foods that promote healthy bodies and minds. Ultimately our youth needs to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Apple Seeds has been serving Northwest Arkansas for nearly ten years—developing programs, such as gardening clubs, school garden markets, and healthy cooking classes, that educate and excite children about healthy food while increasing access to healthy foods in schools. In 2014, Apple Seeds reached more than 10,000 students thanks in large part to its Farm to School partnership with the Fayetteville Public Schools. Our programs—whether they’re run on the Teaching Farm or at the schools—are always hands-on, fun, academically rich, and inspire our young students to make healthy food choices.

Apple Seeds is currently hiring two VISTA positions:

School Garden Market Coordinator

School Garden Coordinator

The application process is pretty quick so interested candidates should apply as soon as possible!  We need applications submitted no later than June 22nd and earlier if possible.

Southern Boone Learning Gardens hiring AmeriCorps VISTA Positions

Ashland, Missouri

Overview: The Southern Boone Learning Gardens VISTA positions are a component of the Missouri Local Food Production and Education VISTA Project, which helps nonprofits improve lives through local food. The two VISTA positions outlined below are based in Ashland, MO.

Communications VISTA Member duties:

  • Develop Southern Boone Learning Garden (SBLG) brochures, newsletters, calendars, websites, and  materials for social media outlets.
  • Manage databases for volunteers, donors, and wish lists for SBLG.
  • Develop curriculum and evaluations for school groups, after-school clubs, and community workshops.
  • Recruit, train, and lead volunteers.
  • Develop sustainable fundraising practices for SBLG.

Application Deadline: 6/30/2014  Start Date: 7/15/2014

Activity VISTA Member duties:

  • Design, schedule, teach, and evaluate Southern Boone Learning Garden (SBLG) classes alongside district teachers and volunteers.
  • Develop garden-based curriculum, lesson plans, and activities for higher grade levels.
  • Develop manuals, guide books, and other teacher resources.
  • Write grants and raise funds for SBLG.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with other nonprofit community organizations.

Application Deadline: 6/30/2014  Start Date: 7/18/2014

Benefits and conditions: An AmeriCorps VISTA position is not a standard job, but rather a year of service. VISTA members are not allowed to have a second job, but they are allowed to attend classes if they receive permission from their supervisor. Benefits include:

  • Living allowance ($11,136 per year, taxable income, paid every two weeks).
  • Choice of Education Award ($5,550 to be used for student loans or future education expenses), or End of Service Stipend ($1,200 cash).
  • Health Coverage
  • Relocation Allowance ($500 for arrival, duplicate amount for departure)
  • Childcare assistance (if eligible)

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