AmeriCorps Farm and Food Jobs in Arkansas

AmeriCorps Farm and Food Jobs
Apple Seeds, an education non-profit in Fayetteville, Arkansas, is looking to fill two AmeriCorps farm and food jobs starting August 20, 2018. 1) Cooking in the Schools Coordinator, 2) Farm Lab Coordinator
 
The AmeriCorps farm and food jobs descriptions can be found on our website at: https://appleseedsnwa.org/get-involved/
The listings are available at: my.americorps.gov. Type in “VISTA” as the program and “Arkansas” as the state and you should find the two open positions.
 
ABOUT APPLE SEEDS:
For more than 10 years Apple Seeds has been serving Northwest Arkansas. In that time the organization has made great strides, positively impacting the community—student surveys show improved attitudes toward healthy food and heightened knowledge of nutrition. Apple Seeds reached nearly 7,000 students in 2017 through its programs. Apple Seeds provides a variety of programs, including Farm Lab, Farm to Table cooking classes, Food Ambassadors, Cooking in the Schools and school garden workshops. For more information visit www.appleseedsnwa.org.

AmeriCorps Farm and Food Jobs 1: Apple Seeds Farm Lab Coordinator

AmeriCorps VISTA position

40 hours/week

Apple Seeds, a Fayetteville-based non-profit providing garden-based education, seeks an entrepreneurial and enthusiastic full-time Farm Lab Coordinator. The Farm Lab Coordinator will work with the Program Manager to help build sustainable organizational capacity for our Farm Lab field trip. Farm Lab is a 2-hour field trip for elementary students that educates and excites students about eating fresh healthy food.

This is an opportunity to be a part of a new endeavor and provide a unique service in a supportive community. This person must be a self-starter who is excited to help grow this social-entrepreneurial non-profit. 

  • Coordinate Farm Lab educational program; specific responsibilities include:
    • Organize and maintain all Farm Lab materials, including the student workbook, educational station materials, cooking equipment, etc.
    • Correspond with participating teachers, including logistical information,
    • Oversee data collection, management and analysis of pre and post Farm Lab surveys to measure the program’s impact
    • Track Farm Lab data, including # of participating schools, students, and student demographics
    • Provide instruction and oversight to Farm Lab volunteers
    • Budget, purchase and prep all materials and food
    • Lead the harvest & healthy snack station
  • Build capacity through establishing relationships with volunteers and interns
  • Build capacity by making new contacts at outreach events, including in-class lessons, participation at school health fairs and other public events

Additional ResponsibilitiesMay Include:

  • Assist in development of other farm programs
  • Assist in development of garden workshops
  • Build capacity through making new contacts at outreach events

Qualifications:

  • Experience in education highly desirable
  • Able to organize, lead, and instruct all types of people with varying levels of gardening experience
  • Works well with many personality types
  • Self-motivated, hard worker, able to work and meet goals independently
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Enjoys being around children and has a friendly demeanor

Hours

  • Full time – 40 hours/week

Start Date: August  20

Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)

These AmeriCorps farm and food jobs are “Volunteers in Service to America” (VISTA) positions, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service for up to three years.  In return for each year of full-time service, the person filling this position will receive a modest living allowance (approx. $973 per month), health-care benefits, child-care assistance, and a $5,920 Education Award or approximately $1,800 post-service stipend.  

To qualify for a VISTA position, candidates must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident, and at least 18 years of age.  Candidates must be available to serve full-time for at least one year. Candidates can hold another part time job provided it does not conflict with the VISTA’s service or service hours. The VISTA application process also requires a criminal history background check to ensure community members with whom we work are protected. For more information about the VISTA program, visit  my.americorps.gov.

Interested candidates for the AmeriCorps farm and food jobs should email a letter of interest, resume, and references to kyra@appleseedsnwa.org.  Please no calls.

Supervision and Work Space:

The Farm Lab Coordinator will work from the Apple Seeds office. A computer will be provided. The Farm Lab Coordinator will be expected to provide their own phone and car for transportation. The Farm Lab Coordinator will be supervised by the Program Manager. We expect the Farm Lab Coordinator to be self-motivated and able to work unsupervised on a daily basis.

AmeriCorps Farm and Food Jobs 2: Apple Seeds Cooking in the Schools Coordinator

AmeriCorps Vista position

40 hours/week

Apple Seeds, a Fayetteville-based non-profit providing garden-based education, seeks an entrepreneurial and enthusiastic full-time Cooking in the Schools Coordinator. The Cooking in the Schools Coordinator will work with the Program Manager to help build sustainable organizational capacity for school cooking classes.  This position offers ample opportunities to be involved in a leadership role as the program grows.  This is an opportunity to be a part of a growing endeavor and provide a service in a supportive community. This person must be a self-starter who is excited to help grow this social-entrepreneurial non-profit. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Continue development and expansion of healthy cooking classes at elementary and middle schools in Northwest Arkansas
  • Refine a system of collecting and preparing all materials for cooking classes that can be scaled up as the program grows
  • Refine a system for purchasing, preparing and distributing ingredients to students after the cooking classes that can be scaled up as the program grows
  • Guide students in the steps of creating a healthy snack during the class, including safety and sanitation, basic knife cutting, basic preparation of food
  • Deliver a nutrition-based lesson during the cooking class and engage the students in discussion
  • Measure impact of the program, including distribution, collection, analysis and reporting on pre-and post surveys
  • Work with program manager to maintain the program budget
  • Further refine and expand the cooking curriculum, including recipes that are seasonal, skill-level and grade appropriate
  • Establish organizational capacity by leveraging and training volunteers to assist and lead the classes

Additional Responsibilities May Include:

  • Assist in development and execution of educational programs
  • Build capacity through making new contacts at outreach events

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with primary and middle school aged children
  • Able to organize, lead, and instruct all types of people with varying levels of cooking experience        
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Cooking experience preferred
  • Knowledge of gardening desirable
  • Works well with many personality types
  • Self-motivated, hard worker, able to work and meet goals independently
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Enjoys being around children and has a friendly demeanor

Hours

  • Full time – 40 hours/week

Start Date: August 20

Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)

These AmeriCorps farm and food jobs are “Volunteers in Service to America” (VISTA) positions, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service for up to three years.  In return for each year of full-time service, the person filling this position will receive a modest living allowance (approx. $973 per month), health-care benefits, child-care assistance, and a $5,920 Education Award or approximately $1,800 post-service stipend. 

To qualify for a VISTA position, candidates must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident, and at least 18 years of age.  Candidates must be available to serve full-time for at least one year. Candidates can hold another part time job provided it does not conflict with the VISTA’s service or service hours. The VISTA application process also requires a criminal history background check to ensure community members with whom we work are protected. For more information about the VISTA program, visit my.americorps.gov.

Interested candidates for the AmeriCorps farm and food jobs should email a letter of interest, resume, and references to kyra@appleseedsnwa.org.  Please no calls.

AmeriCorps Farm and Food Jobs Supervision and Work Space

The Cooking in the Schools Coordinator will work from the Apple Seeds office. A Chrome Book will be provided. The Cooking in the Schools Coordinator will be expected to provide their own phone and car for transportation of materials and ingredients to the cooking classes. The Cooking in the Schools Coordinator will be supervised by the Program Manager. We expect the Cooking in the Schools Coordinator to be self-motivated and able to work unsupervised on a daily basis.

 

To learn more about farming jobs and internships or to post an opportunity on beginningfarmers.org, go to: http://www.beginningfarmers.org/internship-and-employment-opportunities/

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