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Job Description

Americorps VIP Fellows

Serve as an AmeriCorps Fellow with the Volunteer Infrastructure Program. You will play a crucial role in developing relationships with high-value volunteers to serve in community organizations focused on youth and families who are struggling economically across California. VIP Fellows work hand in hand with organizations to develop the quality of volunteer opportunities and expand the quantity opportunities to address unmet community needs.

AmeriCorps Group 2018

AmeriCorps VIP fellows will complete a 1700 hour service term starting September 7, 2020 at one of 6 participating non-profit organizations in Santa Cruz County. This program is a great opportunity to gain valuable skills and give back to your community. The term ends in July 31, 2021. Please note that we will accept applications until all positions are filled. 

We currently have open positions at:  Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

To view the list of current Americorps fellows and learn more about their community contributions, check out our current AmeriCorps fellows page.

AmeriCorps is a great opportunity to build your skills! If you are a recent college graduate, re-entering the workforce, looking for a career change, taking a break after 2 or more years in college, or you want to serve your community!

Position Summary

AmeriCorps VIP fellows build volunteer capacity at existing nonprofit Partner Sites that serve children, youth and families. They do this through:

  1. Building sustainable systems to track, support, manage and train volunteers
  2. Recruiting one-time and skills-based volunteers
  3. Raising funds to support the development of the volunteer program.

Develop and apply your leadership and community organizing skills to make a lasting difference. Extensive training in volunteer management and nonprofit professional skills is offered.

Essential AmeriCorps Member Duties

AmeriCorps VIP fellows will implement a volunteer program focusing on High-Value Volunteers, one-time volunteers, and business partnerships; recruit volunteers, and build new business partnerships that provide augmented programmatic and fiscal resources for the Placement Site. Additionally, VIP Fellows will take part in program-provided training and professional development opportunities.

Your primary role is developing the volunteer program at your site, bringing resources of highly-skilled volunteers to the children and families the program serves. You will spend time in the community, building partnerships, and forging lasting relationships. This position is a valuable opportunity to develop and apply your leadership and community organizing skills to make a lasting difference in the lives of children, youth, their families, and the local community.

A VIP Fellow will be placed at one of six community agencies across Santa Cruz County offering services to youth, low-income families, and persons with disabilities. You will play an integral role in successfully generating, placing and supporting volunteers. The position provides an excellent opportunity to build capacity for an agency through hands-on engagement and management of volunteers.

Each agency has slightly different needs and priorities.

Benefits: Choice of Education Award or End of Service stipend of up to $10,000, Health benefits, $1,454 monthly stipend, Child Care Benefits, Student loan deferment and interest repayment, Training and Professional Development.

Term: 1700 hours served in 11-months and 900 hours served 6-months, Permits attendance at school during off hours, Permits working at another job during off-hours.

Service Areas: Community Outreach, Children/Youth, Education, Senior Services, Homelessness, Environmental Impact.

Skills: Communications, Youth Development, Teaching/Tutoring, Community Organizing, Leadership, Recruitment, Public Speaking, Computers/ Technology, Grant Writing, Writing and Editing.

Employers of National Service Initiative

As part of the Sept. 12, 2014, White House ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, President Obama launched Employers of National Service. This initiative recognizes the valuable skills gained by the 900,000 Americans who have participated in AmeriCorps since 1994 and the 215,000 who have participated in the Peace Corps. Employers of National Service builds a talent pipeline that connects AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with leading employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to create recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities. For a list of Employers of National Service, click here

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to Volunteer Engagement Director, Christina Thurston,

Additionally, visit to complete an application.

Link to online application.

Download the full position description here.

Questions: Call Christina at (831) 427-5070 x117 or email

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