The Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District was established in 1967 and subsequently funded in part by Arkansas Act 118 of 1969 based upon the template set by Congress in 1965 by Public Law 89-136, known as the Public Works and Economic Development Act.

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer - Rural Community Grant Coordinator

This AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer will serve as a Rural Community Grant Coordinator and will have the opportunity to specifically focus on promoting the work of the District by helping rural communities access available federal grant funds for community facilities. The VISTA’s primary focus will be utilizing the USDA- Rural Development Community Facilities grant program that provides funding for community centers, firefighting equipment, police equipment, and a variety of other needs in rural communities. The overall goal is to build capacity in rural, economically distressed communities by ensuring those communities are aware of the grant funds available to them and then strategically planning for the best use of those grant funds.

VISTAs will work directly with District staff and community leaders to gather in-depth information needed to develop competitive/eligible grant applications. Over the course of the service, the VISTA will collaborate with District staff and community leaders to identify potential projects, strategically select the best projects to apply for, ensure that all the appropriate information and documentation is assembled prior to submitting grant applications, and collaborate with USDA-Rural Development staff & local community leaders throughout the process to ensure the highest chance of success.


  • The position provides a $958/month living stipend.
  • The volunteer position includes health care, child care, training, relocation expenses, and liability insurance.
  • After a successful year of service, VISTAs can choose to receive either a $1,800 stipend or a $6,095 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to apply towards loans or future education costs.
  • Once a VISTA successfully completes service that VISTA will receive one year of non-competitive eligibility for employment in the federal government. This special hiring status enables the former VISTA to apply for federal jobs with the advantage of not having to go through the standard public competitive selection process. That means that you can be appointed to federal positions that may or may not be available to the general public. NCE does not guarantee a federal job, but it does provide a valuable opportunity!


Minimum education level: High School Diploma


Strong interpersonal/communication skills

Excellent writing skills, including creativity and grammatical proficiency.

Excellent communication skills

Strong attention to detail

Confidence & ability to interact with elected officials

Ability to work independently & and in a team environment

Proficient in Microsoft Office

Apply Here – AmeriCorps VISTA Application

Bus Driver - Immediate Opening

Applications are being accepted for Bus Driver for North Arkansas Transportation Service (NATS), a Division of the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, Inc.. Duties will consist of transporting passengers, washing and cleaning vehicles and other duties as assigned.

Applicants must have a valid Arkansas CDL a clean driving record and the ability to work well with others. Applicant selected must pass a criminal background check and a pre-employment drug screen. If applicant has not lived within the state of Arkansas continuously for the past five years, he/she must submit to a finger print check.


Please send Resume to:

Judy Diffee
HR Coordinator
Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, Inc.
P. O. Box 190
Harrison, Arkansas 72602

or email Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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