Mercy Corps Northwest VISTAs oversee projects that build the long-term capacity of their communities through financial education, job skills training, microenterprise & asset development, affordable housing, homeless services, food security, and disaster preparedness. While the programs VISTAs develop endure for years, VISTA members perform only indirect service; interaction with clients will be limited and the member will spend the majority of their time in an office setting. However, VISTA offers the opportunity to gain advanced project management skills and exercise creativity in implementing a program—skills highly desired by employers.
Please note: VISTAs serving with the Mercy Corps Northwest cohort are placed in different non-profits and local government agencies around Oregon & Washington. 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.
Since VISTA has unique benefits and requirements, prospective applicants are advised to review the FAQ’s on our VISTA program. Pay and benefit information is located in the FAQ’s.