Native Food Sovereignty Fellow - AmeriCorps*VISTA

Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative

About the organization

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) enhances health and wellness in Tribal communities by advancing healthy food systems, diversified economic development, and cultural food traditions in Indian Country. We empower Tribal governments, farmers, ranchers and food businesses by providing strategic planning and technical assistance; by creating new academic and professional executive education programs in food systems and agriculture; and by increasing student enrollment in land grant universities in food and agricultural related disciplines.

AmeriCorps VISTA members build capacity in nonprofit organizations and public agencies to help them more effectively generate the commitment of private sector resources, encourage volunteer service at the local level, and empower individuals and communities. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full time for one-year terms.


Food sovereignty community assessment support;

Developing a team of community volunteers willing to work with the Fellows during their assignment;

Attending trainings offered by IFAI (required activity);

Public presentations;

Community organization relationship building and support engagement;

Logging all activities on a regular basis with progress reports to key project requirements; Attending periodic trainings provided by IFAI in a regional location; Identifying and analyzing information and support needs for each Tribe; Creating Sustainable projects to strengthen food security and economic opportunities; Recruiting and managing volunteers while building capacity in Native communities.


Interest and/or experience in food systems;

Experience with Native communities or at-risk communities preferred;

Strong communication skills;

Experience with volunteer recruitment and outreach preferred;

Ability to work with a team;

Familiarity with data analysis preferred but not required;

Previous volunteer experience;

Pass a national service criminal history check;

Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit);

Hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens and persons residing in a state that have the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status, or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

For more information about the Native Food Sovereignty Fellows program and to apply, visit the IFAI website at or contact:

Josiah Griffin - VISTA Coordinator, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
(479) 575.7648 | [email protected]

Or to learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA and to apply directly, visit:

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