17 Americorps positions starting in August throughout Oregon

Published on June 11, 2015 under Uncategorized

Join Oregon’s VISTA team to build healthy communities and your career.

Recruiting now for 17 positions starting in August 2015 throughout Oregon.



Positions are now open for the August 2015 team in the Oregon Health Authority/VISTA Partnership Project.  Please forward this announcement widely to reach new professionals interested in public health, fighting poverty and career development through a year of national service.





Candidates are hired as applications are received – so apply as soon as possible. Most positions will be filled by July 1.



During a challenging year of national service and professional development as AmeriCorps VISTA service members, our team members lead public health initiatives in their agencies and communities.  The projects address healthcare reform, community wellness programs, chronic disease prevention, public health department accreditation, quality improvement processes, health equity, oral health, women’s and children’s health, obesity reduction, environmental justice, and disaster readiness and more.  We are a statewide sponsoring organization for over 30 VISTA positions.  See the details of each position below.



·         A $5,730 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or $1,500 post-service stipend

·         $11,676 living allowance for the year

·         Healthcare benefits

·         Student loan forbearance or deferment while in service for qualified federal loans

·         One year of noncompetitive status for a federal government job

·         Moving cost support before and after your year of service


·         Team building with your cohort of over 30 members around Oregon

·         Kick off retreat orienting you to Oregon and public health

·         Team meetings throughout the year for conferences, customized training and professional development

·         Sponsored travel to conferences and trainings you choose

·         Constant support from our team at the state Public Health Division

·         Support for your job hunting, career exploration, resume-building, networking for you next career moves



Positions are available throughout the state, both in urban centers and scenic rural areas. Oregon’s unique healthcare reform makes it a wonderful place to start your career in public health.


·         Coalition of Community Health Clinics Outreach Specialist: Expand the funding and communications capacity of a community health coalition based in Portland.

·         Columbia County Public Health Tobacco and Accreditation: Reduce tobacco use and ensure quality, accredited Public Health Services along the scenic Columbia River.

·         Coos County Public Health – National Agency Accreditation: Coordinate performance improvement efforts and workforce development in beautiful coastal Coos County.

·         Coos County Public Health-Community Health Improvement Plans: Lead community health improvement planning in beautiful coastal Coos County.

·         Crook County Health Department – Built environment planning: Help Crook County eat better, move more and live tobacco free — and experience the high desert beauty in central Oregon.

·         Deschutes County Public Health – Young Adult Hub Planning: Lend your creativity and energy to build an innovative Young Adult Hub in beautiful Bend, Oregon.

·         Macdonald Center – Community Coalition for Social Isolation: Coordinate coalitions to build a respectful, safe, and supportive community in downtown Portland.

·         Marion County Emergency Management Vulnerable Populations Plans: Lead vulnerable populations planning for disasters in the beautiful Willamette Valley and state capital.

·         Multnomah County Health Department Maternal and Child Health: Reach friend and family childcare providers to improve health of low income families in Portland.

·         Multnomah County Health Department – Refugee Health Program: Improve vulnerable low-income refugee population health and wellness in Portland.

·         Oregon Health Authority Climate Change & Health Story Telling: Capture stories of health and resilience to climate change for the Oregon Public Health Division’s Climate and Health Program in Portland.

·         Oregon Oral Health Coalition – Partnership & program design: Based in Portland, reduce the burden of neglected dental disease in low income populations around Oregon.

·         Polk County Public Health – Community Council & Assessment: Impact health disparities and build capacity in Oregon’s central and scenic Willamette Valley.

·         Tillamook County Health Department Healthy Futures: Promote health equity in Oregon’s beautiful and coastal Tillamook County.

·         Yamhill Community Care – Public Health Community Engagement: Advance healthcare reform and community engagement in Yamhill Valley wine country near Portland.

·         Yamhill Community Care – Quality Improvement: Advance quality improvement and healthcare reform in Yamhill Valley wine country near Portland.

·         Fall Team VISTA Leader: After completing one year of VISTA service already, help lead and run this team.



This is the largest AmeriCorps VISTA program in Oregon with an established six-year history. While placed in local ground-level agencies, our state-level program supports VISTA team members with trainings in professional development, information technology and public health.  Leveraging our proven track record and taking advantage of Oregon’s cutting edge public health work, we place VISTAs in exciting positions to better the health of people living in poverty.



May 27-July 9: Active recruitment and interviewing. Candidates hired on a rolling basis.  Most will be hired by July 1 – so apply soon!

August 24-27: Primary AmeriCorps orientation in Portland, OR (all travel is covered)

August 28, 2015 – August 27, 2016: Your year of national service on our team



The next team starts in April 2016!  Contact us to be notified of openings.