This VISTA position is sponsored by the County of Hawai'i's Department of Research and Development (R&D). R&D informs planning, policy, and programmatic decision-making with data-driven research and collaborates in the development and funding of initiatives seeking environmental, community, and economic sustainability. The County of Hawai'i is one of four counties in the State of Hawai'i and encompasses the Island of Hawai'i.
The Island of Hawai'i (aka "the Big Island" because it is the size of Connecticut) is very rural, with a relative small population of 200,000. The VISTA program is located in the main office of the Department of Research & Development in Hilo, which overlooks Hilo Bay on the windward side of the island. Hilo is highly diverse community of ~45,000 that enjoys comfortable tropical weather year-round.This recruitment is for the first of three, one-year cohorts of VISTA members.
VISTA members will be part of a team that is enhancing the community's capacity to collaboratively tackle complex challenges like climate change, energy, transportation, affordable housing, food systems, and economic development. This challenging work requires a positive attitude, self-motivation, independence, organization, computer and communication skills, flexibility, creativity, curiosity, humility, and the ability to work effectively with people from a wide diversity of backgrounds and experiences. This gratifying work will improve the lives of the community's most vulnerable residents, and the VISTA will develop the ability to work across government and community networks to address tough community challenges.
Permits attendance at school during off hours . Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development , Housing , Community Outreach , Homelessness , Neighborhood Revitalization . Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing , Public Speaking , Non-Profit Management , Team Work , Leadership , Community Organization , Urban Planning , Communications , Computers/Technology , Writing/Editing , Recruitment.