The Wyandotte County AmeriCorps VISTA Program is always looking for motivated, passionate and community focused individuals that are eager to share their knowledge and skill-set to help positively impact Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas.
Look below to review open VISTA positions. Click on each job title below to be redirected to the complete position description and application process.
Check back in Spring of 2023 to learn more about our Summer Associate Positions!
Crime & Opioid AmeriCorps VISTA
Add extensive capacity to the crime analysis and within "Impacting Crime in Our Neighborhoods" (ICON) and "Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety" (DDACTS) projects. Serve on various projects including brand new real-time crime center unit. Research opioid grants and policies for the purpose of applying for those opioid grants. Curate opioid educational material for better community engagement. Perfect opportunity for some looking for a criminal justice centered or grant writing opportunity.
- Placement is with the Kansas City, KS Police Department.
GIS Analyst AmeriCorps VISTA
Hone your geographic information system (GIS) Skills with this opportunity to increase community outreach and input in capital Public Works projects. This AmeriCorps member will focus on a project that will lead to community-informed decision-making. The member will contribute to projects that increase the ability of the Public Works department to communicate and gather submissions and feedback on capital projects.
- Placement is with the Unified Government Public Works Department
Mayors Task Force Liaison VISTA
Passionate about residents’ voices being heard by local governments? This is the perfect position for you. Join Mayor Garner’s resident outreach efforts by supporting the newly formed special committees and taskforces. Member duties will include liaising with residents and County Commissioners, drafting communications and official documents, and tracking the progress of the special committees and taskforces. Special Committee topics include unhoused neighbors, recreation and community health, environmental sustainability, and much more. Perfect opportunity to gain experience within the local government landscape.
- Placement is within Mayor Garner’s Office.
Outreach & Development AmeriCorps VISTA
Want to help start at non-profit organization? This is the role for you! This AmeriCorps member will research and strategize possibility of establishing 501(c)3 status for the Animal Services unit of the Kansas City, KS Police Department. The member will also lead the research and strategy of building a robust volunteer run outreach program. This is the perfect opportunity for someone looking for expansive experience to break into the non-profit field.
Research and strategize possibility of establishing 501(c)3 status for the Animal Services unit. Define what would be required to establish a 501(c)3. Establish how a 501(c)3 status would benefit KCK ASU. Present information gathered; provide recommendations for moving forward. Research and develop a volunteer run outreach program. Examine funding and outside support. Draft, edit, and produce standard operating procedure documentation. Create formal volunteer program; current lacks policy, procedures, and structure. Examine model practices for Animal Service Volunteer programming. Develop programming, procedures, policies. Create public facing forms, materials, etc. for volunteer recruitment, etc. Research and identify best practices for volunteer recruitment, enrollment, retention. Implement best practices. Lead roll out of volunteer program.
- Placement is with the Animal Service Unit of the Kansas City, KS Police Department.
Strategic Communications AmeriCorps VISTA
Passionate about communications? Want to be a part of local government outreach and communication? Join us in this American Rescue Plan Act-specific position. Get an understanding of the current landscape of Wyandotte County, how the ARPA funds are being utilized, and where the need for communications lies. Strategize ways to evaluate the communications plan in order to achieve the objectives for the plan. Help build a community network of organizations, groups, and individuals to quickly get communications out to the public.
- Placement will be with the Unified Government Strategic Communications Department.
Urban Design and Planning AmeriCorps VISTA
One of the most critical functions of the Urban Design and Planning Department is to facilitate conversations internally and externally to bring stakeholders together around a common purpose. The success of this task largely depends on the narrative that the Department, through various verbal and non-verbal platforms, can communicate these ideas to decision-makers, stakeholders, and the general public. In an increasingly visual world, how we tell these stories and the tools that we use to do so has a direct correlation to public participation, community buy-in and ultimately, the effectiveness of our very work.
- Placement will be with the Unified Government Urban Design and Planning Department.
CABA Partnership and Development Administrator VISTA
Building program strategy, grant writing, and collaboration with community partners. Provide programming coordination and evaluation of current CABA services, programs, events, etc. to better services and place emphasis on growing the organization.
- Placement will be with working at Central Avenue Betterment Association (CABA)
Resource Outreach Specialist Alive & Thrive Wyandotte County
Within 1 year, the VISTA member will have updated, maintained, and improved the Alive & Thrive online asset mapping resource guide. Lead focus groups with community stakeholders to review existing asset mapping, identify gaps, and suggest new/untapped resources. Meet with all existing and newly identified resource providers to update service and contact information. Identify new resources and Alive & Thrive partners. Work with web designer to update links to resources and improve asset mapping functionality. Create and implement a plan to market the asset mapping resource to Wyandotte County. The plan will include public speaking engagements with county stakeholders. Within 1 year, the VISTA member will help Alive & Thrive’s objective to complete 5 Community Projects that promote resilience in Wyandotte County. Within 1 year, the VISTA member will help Alive & Thrive’s objective to complete 5 Community Projects that promote resilience in Wyandotte County.