City of New Orleans (CNO) AmeriCorps VISTA Program

The CNO AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program, led by the City of New Orleans Mayor's Office, is a federal grant program that tackles the nation's most pressing challenges by connecting individuals and organizations through service and volunteering. The program supports City Hall by expanding the ability of departments to address inequities and enhance services to under-resourced and disproportionately impacted communities. The AmeriCorps VISTA projects further the City's mission of increasing job opportunities in New Orleans, as well as creating a culture of national service in our community.

CNO VISTA members serve at various departments to address critical city issues by engaging in capacity building work. Capacity building refers to tasks and activities that expand the scale, reach, efficiency, or effectiveness of programs and organizations. Member activities can include building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of departments, program development and delivery, research and data evaluation, community engagement and outreach, and partnership expansion and development. 

The City is currently accepting applications for the 2023-2024 VISTA Program year. Read below to find out more about our open positions, how to apply, and the AmeriCorps Program benefits.

How to Apply

Current Positions

When you click any of the positions below, you will be redirected to the position’s “Service Opportunity Listing” where you will be able to create a profile and apply.

The City of New Orleans AmeriCorps VISTA Program is currently accepting applications for 2023-2024 full-time positions. More positions will be posted soon so check back for updates!

2024 - 2025 One-Year Positions

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  • NOEMS - Communications and Outreach Coordinator 

    • The New Orleans EMS VISTA member will work to increase community outreach, expand public education opportunities, and develop NOEMS specific employment pathways. The project will develop and deploy effective, inclusive, and innovative outreach and engagement initiatives that increase awareness of NOEMS programs and support vulnerable communities. The member will also implement project initiatives towards the continued development and coordination of the NOEMS public education and employment pathways, connecting community leaders and organizations that service low-income individuals and families with first responder services and education.   

  • OHRE – Racial Equity Programs Development and Outreach Coordinator 

    • Beginning their year of service by accompanying the Office of Human Rights and Equity (OHRE) team at the Policy Link Equity Summit in Atlanta, the VISTA project will work with the OHRE towards the development and implementation of equitable programs during their early and ongoing stages. Such programs include but are not limited to implementing a municipal ID program for residents facing obstacles to obtaining a state ID, establishing New Orleans’ member status as a ‘Welcoming America City’, initiating the ‘Mayors for Guaranteed Income Program’, and the ‘Language Access Plan’. The VISTA will gain experience while focusing their efforts on partnership development, community engagement, resource development, and outreach.  

  • NOHSEP - Community Resilience and Outreach Coordinator 

    • In grey skies and in blue, the VISTA will work with the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) and learn about emergency preparedness in formal settings (trainings) and informal settings (during planning sessions and response). The VISTA project will support NOLA Ready’s efforts to better prepare New Orleans’ low-income, black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), Latinx, Vietnamese, elderly, and disabled communities for future disasters by researching and developing new and innovative initiatives. This role will be primarily based in research, project development, grant research and writing, and cross-team collaboration.  

Steps to Apply

  1. Apply on 
    When you click any of the positions above, you will be redirected to the position’s “Service Opportunity Listing” where you will be able to create a profile and apply.
  2. Applicant Phone Interview
    Your application will be reviewed, and if accepted, you will be notified to participate in a phone interview. The initial interview is to determine your fit and eligibility for the CNO VISTA program.
  3. Virtual Interview 
    After the phone interview, you will be notified whether you have been selected to move forward to a virtual interview with the department leadership of the VISTA position(s) you've applied for.
  4. Candidate Offers
    You will hear from our VISTA team if you have been accepted or declined from the position.

Program Basics

AmeriCorps VISTA one-year Program Benefits: 

  • Bi-weekly living allowance of $877.66 pre-tax, set and paid by AmeriCorps
  • Choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $7,395 or end-of-service cash stipend of up to $1,800 
  • VISTA Virtual Member Orientation (VMO), On-Site Orientation and Training (OSOT), and ongoing professional development opportunities
  • Healthcare Benefits
  • Loan Forbearance and deferment for qualified student loans during active service
  • Non-competitive eligibility for a federal government position, if qualified
  • Childcare assistance, if qualified, during active service
  • If you are relocating more than 50 miles for your service year:
    • Relocation travel allowance which is based on the direct mileage between your home of record and your project site
    • Settling-In Allowance of $750

For additional information about full-term VISTA benefits, visit the AmeriCorps benefits page here.

VISTA Requirements:

  • Must be U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States.
  • Have successfully obtained a High School diploma or its equivalent prior to the start of the program.
  • Agree to and pass a criminal background check.
  • Ability to serve full time for the program term, generally Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week.

For more information on the AmeriCorps VISTA program please visit

Equal Opportunity

The CNO AmeriCorps VISTA Program is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusion and diversity and to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other protected characteristics.

To read our press releases detailing the program click here

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