AmeriCorps, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from St. Bernard Project’s photostream


Pittsburgh Cares, in partnership with Google and the HandsOn Network, is now accepting applications for Tech Corps VISTA, a new AmeriCorps VISTA program. The mission of Tech Corps VISTA is to help nonprofits be more effective in their use of technology — such as utilizing cloud based computing and applications specifically designed for the nonprofit community — in order to improve their overall outcomes and services. As posted on the Official Google Blog:

Community service has always been important to us. When thinking of ways we can give back, we often focus on where our strengths lie—namely, in technical knowledge. More and more frequently, Googlers who volunteer note that many incredible nonprofits around the U.S. lack the tech knowledge or resources that could immensely help their operations and their cause. With this in mind, we got together with the HandsOn Network, the volunteer arm of Points of Light Institute, to create the HandsOn Tech Corps, an initiative designed to help nonprofits effectively use technology to further their missions.

Tech Corps VISTA is offering 24 full-time, one-year jobs in seven cities across the United States and Pittsburgh is one of those cities. Participants will receive a biweekly living allowance, health insurance and an education award upon completion of a successful term of service. Members are also eligible for child care assistance and student loan forbearance or deferment. Applicants need to have experience in cloud based solutions and computing, tech support, and a passion for working in the nonprofit sector. You can view the entire position description and desired qualifications here. There’s a three-step applicaton process and the deadline for applying is June 17, 2011. Start your application now.