Join our AmeriCorps VISTA team

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An AmeriCorps VISTA position is not a conventional job, it is a year-long commitment to national service within a community that needs your time and talent. Mercy Corps Northwest AmeriCorps VISTA members oversee projects that are designed to eradicate poverty in communities across Oregon and Washington.

The programs that AmeriCorps members develop endure for years. A VISTA member's role is to provide indirect service at their host organization, which means each member spends the majority of their time in an office setting with limited client-facing responsibilities. Our AmeriCorps VISTA program offers an opportunity for members to gain advanced project management experience and exercise creativity in implementing impactful programs— top skills desired by employers.

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Karmen Chavez-Sam volunteers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for one of Oregon’s largest VISTA Service events at our partner site JOIN in Portland, Oregon

Placement locations

VISTA members serving with the Mercy Corps Northwest cohort are placed in different non-profits around Oregon and Washington State. Most positions are located in the Portland Metro Area, but a few are located in Washington and Central Oregon. Please check the location of the specific position before applying and note that in some cases, rural sites may require that you have reliable transportation. 

Next application date

The Mercy Corps Northwest VISTA recruitment cycle is now open for roles that will begin on February 14, 2022. You can search national VISTA openings at any time at

Eligibility and qualifications

To be eligible for VISTA service, a candidate must:

  • Be available to start service on the date listed in the position
  • Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
  • Pass a national service criminal history check
  • Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status), and persons legally residing within a state. Examples of persons legally residing within a state may include those holding the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout VISTA service, and holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

Desired skills and qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to community/public service
  • Intercultural communication skills and experience working within diverse communities
  • Preference given to those with lived experience in economically diverse environments
  • Strong volunteer/community service experience
  • High school diploma or GED required; Bachelor’s degree, or 4 years of relevant work experience, or a combination preferred
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. A college degree is NOT required.
  • Proven ability to solve problems and be flexible
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work well in a team environment
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Drive preferred

Please note: VISTA positions may have their own specific skills and qualifications not shown in the list above. Please see more details on skills and qualifications for specific VISTA positions in the listings above. 


AmeriCorps VISTA members serving with the Mercy Corps Northwest cohort receive several benefits including a living allowance, an end of service benefit in the form of an education award of $6,195 or a cash stipend of $1,800—your choice, and a $4,000 MCNW-exclusive supplemental benefit. For the full list, please check out the benefits section of our FAQ.

Application instructions

Positions will be open until January 7, 2022 – unless filled sooner. Early applications are strongly encouraged as selections are made on a rolling basis. Applicants must submit an application through the portal via the links provided after each position description below. No other application materials will be accepted.

Here’s how to apply:

  1. Review the open positions below and click the link after the description to apply to that particular position.
  2. You will be prompted to create an account on the portal before applying. If you already have one created, please log in.  
  3. Once your account is created, submit your application to the position(s) you’re interested in on the portal. Note: you may apply to a maximum of 10 positions in the portal. You can use our tip sheet for instructions on completing the application.
  4. If your application is a match, the supervisor for the position will contact you within a few weeks for an interview.

Open Positions

Mercy Corps Northwest VISTA Leader

Host organization: Mercy Corps Northwest, Portland
Location: Portland, Oregon

Ready to continue service as a VISTA Leader in an international humanitarian organization and support a team that implements anti-poverty projects in Oregon and Washington? Join Mercy Corps Northwest! 

Learn more and apply to this position here >>

PLEASE NOTE: Individuals are only eligible to serve as VISTA Leaders if they have successfully completed at least one term of service with AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), or Peace Corps. 

Development and Engagement Specialist

Host Organization: Black United Fund of Oregon  
Location: Portland, OR

How passionate are you about connecting BIPOC youth to college and careers after high school in Oregon? Join us and help spearhead the Mentor4Success program as an MCNW AmeriCorps VISTA!

Learn more and apply to this position here >>

Bilingual Small Business Outreach Coordinator (Spanish)

Host Organization: MCNW - Walla Walla Office  
Location: Walla Walla, WA

Are you interested in helping small business owners, especially those who are Spanish speaking, in rural Washington? Do you feel passionate about ending intergenerational poverty with long-term solutions?

Learn more and apply to this position here >>

Volunteer Program Coordinator

Host Organization: Yamhill Community Action Partnership  
Location: McMinnville, OR

The YCAP VISTA will increase shelter access for those experiencing homelessness in Yamhill County by developing volunteer systems, securing in-kind donations, and building awareness through outreach.

Learn more and apply to this position here >>

Community and Volunteer Engagement Liaison

Host Organization: Historic Parkrose  
Location: Portland, OR

Do you want to help our houseless residents to access basic needs and connect youth of color to workforce support? Join us as VISTA and build greater security and opportunity in Historic Parkrose. 

Learn more and apply to this position here >>

Small Business Outreach Associate

Host Organization: MCNW - Vancouver  
Location: Vancouver, WA

Do you feel passionate about ending poverty with long-term solutions? Are you interested in helping small business owners to be financially resilient? Join MCNW Southern Washington!

Learn more and apply to this position here >>

Emergency Preparedness Program Specialist

Host Organization: Home Forward  
Location: Portland, OR

Did you know that disasters disproportionately impact low-income Americans? The Home Forward VISTA will strengthen disaster resilience for low-income HF residents and implement Readiness Training!

Learn more and apply to this position here >>

Outreach Coordinator

Host Organization: Community Investment Trust 
Location: Portland, OR

Are you passionate about economic justice? Our VISTA will develop the first-of-its-kind Community Investment Trust model uniting neighborhood-based asset development in the PNW and across the country! 

Learn more and apply to this position here >>

Development Specialist 

Host Organization: Professional Business Development Group Foundation  
Location: Portland, OR

Do you want to help women- and minority-owned small businesses to thrive? As a PBDG Foundation VISTA, you will help enhance and support our fundraising and volunteer infrastructure to take our work to the next level.

Learn more and apply to this position here >>

Donor and Volunteer System Specialist 

Host Organization: Unity Shelter  
Location: Corvallis, OR

Do you want to help us move people from houselessness to housing? As a Unity Shelter VISTA, you will rebuild and streamline the donor and volunteer systems that make our work possible.

Learn more and apply to this position here >>

Program Development Specialist 

Host Organization: Warm Springs Community Action Team  
Location: Warm Springs, OR

The WSCAT VISTA will promote entrepreneurship and education for low-income individuals on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation by developing Small Business Incubator and Youth Programs.

Learn more and apply to this position here >>

Volunteer Coordinator

Host Organization: Stone Soup PDX  
Location: Portland, OR

Passionate about food justice and poverty eradication? Want to help lift low- or no-income people out of poverty through workforce training in hospitality and foodservice? We want you at Stone Soup!

Learn more and apply to this position here >>

February 2022 site hosts

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Contact us

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Brittany Mabry
AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager
(503) 896-5708