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AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator at Green Mountain Farm-to-School - 15314

Job Title: 
AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator
Green Mountain Farm-to-School
115 2nd St
05855 Newport , VT
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

About Green Mountain Farm-to-School
Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization promoting the health and well-being of Vermont's children, farms and communities by providing programs to connect schools and farms through food and education. In the 2021-2022 academic year, GMFTS aims to serve school communities in the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) of Vermont with school gardens, educational programming and fresh local farm foods, benefiting over 5,000 students. For more information about GMFTS, please visit www.greenmountainfarmtoschool.org.

Position Description
This position is part of the Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program (LEAP). LEAP is a national service program that places AmeriCorps members with non-profit organizations throughout the NEK of Vermont to support those organizations in expanding their services that many communities rely on. LEAP supports their members in their path to educational and career attainment through direct service, on-going trainings and professional development opportunities offered during the service year.

The primary responsibilities of the AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator will be to develop, grow, present, and evaluate GMFTS’ Farm-to-School Programs. This is a year long AmeriCorps position at around 40 hours a week. The Farm-to-School Coordinator reports to the Farm to School Program Manager.

Compensation: AmeriCorps Members who complete their term of service of Full Time position of 1700 hours will receive:
A biweekly stipend totaling approximately $16,000.00 for the year (subject to adjustment based on funding)
Mileage reimbursement
Student loan forbearance during the year
A $6,345.00 Education Award for past or future education (subject to adjustment based on funding)
Subsidized housing
Career mentoring, professional development, and strong work experience
Eligible for monthly SNAP benefits

Duties & Responsibilities: 

The AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator will:
Develop and maintain relationships with GMFTS partners
Serve as the primary contact for 3-4 schools
Create lesson plans for programming and maintain educational materials
Conduct Harvest of the Month taste tests by cooking with students and serving at lunch
Facilitate and lead farm field trips of various types
Deliver in-class workshops to K-8 students on food and agriculture topics
Plant, maintain, and harvest school gardens
Use database to collect, analyze, and report data for program evaluation
Photo document activities and download in a timely manner
Facilitate Farm-to-School Committee meetings
Create educational newsletters showcasing programming at schools and taste test results
Serve as an independent member of a team of Coordinators
Work closely with staff, parents, food service directors, and farmers
Plan, organize, and attend community and organizational events, like Harvest Festivals
Recruit and train community volunteers
Design outreach and publicity materials
Communicate organization’s mission through social media (Facebook, Instagram)

Education & Experience: 

Qualifications
US citizenship
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
Knowledge of local food systems and sustainable agriculture
Some teaching (formal or non-formal) experience
Strong interest in working with children
Some knowledge of gardening and vegetable production
Excellent public speaking, writing skills, and organizational skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Comfort working in a kitchen (home or commercial) desirable but not required
Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly growing non-profit environment
Offer contingent upon results from National Service Criminal History Check

Application Instructions: 

To Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@gmfts.org. No phone calls please. Open until all positions are filled.

Job Categories: 
Education