VISTA Announcement

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Recruiting 8/28/2017 to 9/29/2017 for community-minded individuals in the following locations to help establish and develop a program in the Department of Correction that links returning citizens with community mentors: 

  • Coeur‘ d Alene,
  • Lewiston,
  • Caldwell,
  • Boise,
  • Twin Falls,
  • Pocatello,
  • Idaho Falls.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a position as an employee with the Idaho Department of Correction or an offer of employment with IDOC.

This is a position through the AmeriCorps VISTA program and current employees of IDOC are not eligible. For additional information visit: 

You will not be providing direct mentoring services, but rather assist with the establishment and development of the Free2Succeed mentoring program in your respective area.

This is a great opportunity for retirees or students who may be able to work with their school schedule. 

Benefits to becoming a VISTA:

  • May be able to hold part-time service outside of employment that doesn’t conflict with VISTA service with supervisor approval. 
  • Living allowance of $1,026.00/month – paid bi-weekly.
  • End of service education award of $5815 which can be used for future tuition or to repay student loans OR $1800 cash stipend. 
  • Federal student loan deferment and interest on loans paid while serving
  • 10 personal and 10 medical leave days during a full year of service plus national holidays observed by the sponsoring organization
  • Healthcare Allowance up to $6,600 for out-of-pocket qualified medical costs (not premiums). VISTAs are responsible for maintaining their own health insurance during service
  • Public assistance benefits held previously are not affected by VISTA living allowance
  • Transportation reimbursement of $.57 per mile by Idaho Department of Correction
  • One-time $550 settling in allowance can be used for moving expenses, security deposit, etc. (if eligible)
  • Relocation reimbursement for travel/shipping related costs up to $.34/mile - $1,000 maximum (if eligible)
  • Childcare reimbursement up to $400/child (if whole household is income eligible)
  • Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) must be attended before beginning service (4 days in Portland, which is paid for by AmeriCorps)
  • Opportunity for in-service training and professional development activities (dates TBA)
  • Focus on program development and capacity building (not direct service)
  • Gain valuable experience working with numerous people, professionals, volunteers, community organizations, etc. which may lead to full-time employment


  • Assist with regional development and implementation of Free2Succeed Community Mentoring program.
  • Recruit, train, develop, and support mentors from local community; 
  • Create structure and framework within the local probation and parole district office; 
  • Do public presentations when needed; 
  • Develop community resources, 
  • Match mentors with returning citizens, 
  • Create sustainable program policies and procedures; 
  • Gather research data for program efficacy; 
  • Assist with reentry efforts from incarceration to community.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At 21 years of age
  • Some knowledge of criminal justice 
  • Some knowledge of identifying social or human science resources to fit the needs of clients • Some knowledge of computer operations to include entering, retrieving and storing data 
  • Some experience writing detailed reports. 
  • Valid Driver's License 
  • Willingness to work with individuals with criminal backgrounds
  • Purchase a cell phone that can be used for work (monthly cell phone allowance will be provided). 

Desirable skills: 

  • Leadership 
  • Writing/Editing  
  • General Skills
  • Communications
  • Team Work
  • Community Organization
  • Social Services
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching/Tutoring
  • Recruitment
  • Non-Profit Management 

To apply go to the following links to review the announcement and click on Apply Now!

Coeur ‘d Alene -

Lewiston -

Caldwell -

Boise -

Twin Falls -

Pocatello -

Idaho Falls -

What do I do now?

Follow the instructions at the specific link above to apply via the AmeriCorps VISTA program and complete a background questionnaire for the Idaho Department of Correction at and submit it to Jeff Kirkman at as soon as you can. 

Do not worry about certain things that may be in your past, we will look at all candidates on a case-by-case basis. 

Story published: 08/29/2017
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