Help improve social justice, community service and fresh, locally grown food access throughout rustbelt Appalachia and sow seeds of regional economic development. Grow Ohio Valley (GOV) seeks to qualified candidates for a new 17-member AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps volunteers are critical to enhancing and expanding GOV’s programs to provide greater food security in the larger Wheeling community. The positions require a full time commitment of 35 hours/week minimum. Candidates will take shifts working in other aspects of GOV’s food systems work, so that they have broad exposure to the many facets of food systems improvements. Other active sites include an urban orchard, greenhouses, an urban farm, a mobile market, weekly food baskets programs, and student and adult cooking and gardening education programs.
Available Positions Include:
Program Manager (salaried) – Lead and oversee all aspects of the Grow Ohio Valley AmeriCorps program, manage GOV’s office and occasionally perform special projects assigned by the Executive Director
AmeriCorps Key Organic Farm Hand – Be involved in all aspects of the annual agricultural cycle, from enhancing farming sites over the winter, to field preparation, as well as improving and documenting production processes and data collection
AmeriCorps Education Programs Coordinator – Oversee, implement and maintain agricultural and horticultural activities at local schools in and around Wheeling, WV
AmeriCorps Local Food Systems Service – Rotate through all aspects of GOV’s far reaching initiatives to improve food systems, including farming, education programs, food distribution, marketing, and administration
For more information, including how to apply, please visit http://www.growov.org/work-for-growov-.html
Grow Ohio Valley’s mission is to transform the Ohio Valley through improved food justice. This is achieved by a variety of programs, including: organic urban agricultural production, school garden programs, community supported agriculture initiatives, neighborhood farm stands, and a traveling mobile organic market. The organization emphasizes an innovative, agricultural approach to poverty and encourages independence among its staff. Now completing its third season, GOV has demonstrated a successful track record and proven itself a positive change agent in the redevelopment of rust-belt Appalachia.