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Volunteer Services & Development VISTA
Hill Country Science Mill
Johnson City, Texas, USA

From limestone grottos of cool spring-fed swimming holes, to wineries dotting the rolling hills, to small town inns and restaurants serving Lone Star hospitality, the Texas Hill Country is like nowhere else in the world. The newest addition to the Hill Country in Johnson City, TX is a new regional science center called the Hill Country Science Mill, housed in an 1880s historic gristmill. Our mission is to excite and engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and inspire them to pursue post-secondary education and career paths in these fields. With interactive and technology based exhibits and programs, all students, including those who have traditionally been under-represented in STEM will see themselves as part of a future STEM workforce. The Science Mill is seeking a VISTA to develop a framework for a volunteer program. The VISTA will implement a plan for volunteer recruitment, tracking, scheduling, training, and recognition in order to enhance the overall volunteer experience for participants at the Science Mill. The VISTA will also perform grant writing in support of the Science Mill's SPARK program, which enables students of rural Title 1 schools to attend field trips and programs at the Science Mill. Central Texas has a very diverse population of school age students that cross all socio-economic boundaries. Many students fall into the lowest of the socio-economic strata and cannot see a clear pathway to be able to join the technical workforce of the future. The opportunity for these students to have the hands-on experience and the excitement of "doing job-related" science at the Science Mill can propel them to consider an education path that can qualify them for a job in our future technical workforce and lift themselves out of poverty. The VISTA will have an important role in laying the foundation of support for these students to pursue promising careers in exciting and rewarding STEM fields.

AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that assist low-income communities.

The VISTA will develop a volunteer program based on industry best practices and establish a process for recruitment, training, scheduling, retention and recognition that will enhance the overall experience for volunteers and as a result, visitors, at the Hill Country Science Mill. Travel throughout the Hill Country to network and recruit volunteers and establish pipeline opportunities will be required (must have reliable transportation). Ultimately, the framework for a volunteer program will be established such that future volunteer recruitment is consistent and efficient. The VISTA will also perform grant writing in support of the Science Mill's SPARK program, which enables students of rural Title 1 schools to attend field trips and programs at the Science Mill. The VISTA will work under the supervision of the museum's Director of Operations, as well as collaboratively with outreach and education staff.

  • College Degree or greater
  • Passion for museums and STEM education
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Independent self-starter
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Your choice of $5,775 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a $1,500 end-of-service stipend
  • Student loan forbearance
  • Payment of Interest Accrual on student loans
  • Post-service US federal government employment incentives and opportunities
  • Monthly living allowance of $973
  • Relocation allowance if moving over 50 miles
  • Health care benefits
  • Childcare assistance (if applicable)
  • Network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers and alums
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This job posted by MERC from December 3 through March 3.

The last update to this page was 12-3-15.