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AmeriCorps Community-Based Food Educator at Common Threads Farm - 15474

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AmeriCorps Community-Based Food Educator
Common Threads Farm
PO box 841 Common Threads Farm
98227 Bellingham , WA ,
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Job Description: 

Common Threads connects kids to healthy food in the garden, in the kitchen, and at the table. We want kids to grow up making food choices that are good for their bodies, their communities, and the environment. Founded in 2007 and based in Bellingham, Washington, Common Threads is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that nourishes curiosity, joy, bravery and community through seed-to-table education. Historically, most of our programs have taken place on public school grounds, during the school day. Common Threads also runs after-school gardening and cooking programs at schools and affordable housing complexes, and spring/summer camps at an urban farm site. During the COVID-19 pandemic, programming continues to adapt to the changing needs of our Community. If you’re curious about what we have done differently during this pandemic, check out our past two annual reports. At times, some service may need to be conducted virtually, and you can expect a hybrid service environment.
At Common Threads, we hold ourselves accountable (individually and as an organization) to a life-long
learning journey to better understand the roles that each of us can most appropriately play in dismantling
systemic and structural oppression and building a more just and equitable world.
This position description is for the August 2022 to June 2023 Community-based AmeriCorps Food Educator. See also
our School-based and Culinary-focused Food Educator positions on our website. Part-time members are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please let us know in the application process.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Each AmeriCorps Community-based Food Educator will serve as the lead educator at one or more of
Common Threads' partner community sites, including but not limited to community centers and affordable
housing complexes. In most cases, this will involve leading after school and school break camp-style
programs that involve cooking a free meal and/or gardening with kids of all ages. Depending on the site,
service may also include coordinating community-site garden maintenance and improvement projects. While
the majority of the Community-based Food Educator’s time will be spent at their assigned community sites,
this position also includes time for in person or computer-based preparation, training, and the opportunity to
support/co-teach with other Food Educators.
Each service member will also be responsible for:
● Recruitment and management of volunteers
● Timely completion of administrative tasks, including email communications, data & story collection,
and project prep time
● Complete a minimum of 1200 hours of service (if full time, service is for 10 months, 35+ hours per
week; part-time hours vary) starting August 22, 2022, including a generous mid-winter break, and
ending at the end of the school year in late June 2023.
Depending on community needs and applicant’s skills, interests, and scheduling availability, each
AmeriCorps Food Educator may also play a lead or support role in one or more of the following:
● Organizing or participating in community events
● Supporting school-based gardening and cooking lessons
● Facilitating after school gardening and/or cooking clubs at school sites
● Facilitating School Break Camp-style food education programs (may include both gardening and
● Developing and leading trainings for teammates on topics with which the member has passion and
● Assisting with social media and other special communications projects
*While our ideal is in-person service, service opportunities will be a combination of virtual remote and
in-person - depending both on the season and the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Compensation and Benefits
● Opportunity to learn, grow and be of service in the company of passionate service
members with strong mentorship and support from Common Threads’ core leadership
● Total living allowance of $14368.54 before tax (distributed in ten monthly payments)
for full-time, 10 month, 1200 hour service positions. If part-time position is negotiated,
Common Threads is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion,
age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.
PO Box 841, Bellingham, WA 98227 ❖ 360.927.1590 ❖
living stipends will be prorated.
● Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust in the amount of
$4,546.50 upon successful completion of service. If part-time position is negotiated,
education award will be prorated.
● Student Loan forbearance on qualifying loans during the service term
● Basic Food Benefits eligibility
● Health care coverage, including dental and vision (full-time positions only)
● Subsidized childcare for qualified members
● Professional development opportunities in education, agriculture, nutrition, communication and more
The service schedule for this position includes time off:
● Federal Holidays excluding Martin Luther King Jr Day, which is a day of service
● A week off at Thanksgiving
● An extended break in December (allowing members to rest, recreate, or pick up holiday
employment as personal circumstances demand)
● A late winter/early spring break week
● Additional time off approved on a case-by-case basis

Education & Experience: 

Minimum Requirements:
● A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.
● At least 17 years of age by August 22, 2022
● Have obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent (or agrees to obtain a high school diploma or its
equivalent before using an Education Award)
● Satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria
● Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain a religious or medical exemption.
Successful candidates for the AmeriCorps Food Educator positions will:
● Demonstrate passion for and understanding of Common Threads’ mission and programs
● Be willing and able to serve in-person and remotely in Bellingham and Whatcom County
● Be willing and able to travel to multiple service sites in Bellingham and Whatcom County (via
personal vehicle, Common Threads vehicle, bike, etc.)
● Be willing to serve long hours outside in all weather
● Demonstrate commitment, creativity, adaptability, attention to detail, and the ability to serve both
independently and as part of a team
● Able to be a proactive self-starter on projects
● Have basic computer skills
The ideal candidates will also:
Common Threads is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion,
age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.
● Have experience teaching or working with youth, especially elementary and middle school students
● Have experience gardening, farming, and/or cooking
● Be familiar with Google Suite, Zoom, and Slack
● Bring strong Spanish, Russian or Punjabi language skills
● Contribute lived experience that helps diversify the perspectives represented on our team. People of
color, non-binary individuals, members of the LGBTQ community, people whose first language is one
other than English, elders, men, high school and college students, and people with lived experience of
hunger and poverty are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions: 

● Fill out our application online at Common Threads Farm AmeriCorps Application. If computer
access is a barrier to applying, please contact us for a paper application.
● Don’t delay! Applications will be reviewed in cycles:
○ First Deadline: April 15th
○ Second Deadline: April 30th
○ If there are still openings after the second batch, applications will be accepted on a rolling
basis until filled.
● For questions or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email or call 360-927-1590.

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