This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position with the Gardens Project of North Coast Opportunities.
The VISTA member will work with an existing community garden network to build sustainability. They’ll develop resources for and by garden leaders to create a managers guide for community gardens and work with the leaders to strengthen their management teams and to set up systems of communication and idea sharing between all garden leaders. They’ll work with the Lake Gardens Project VISTA to develop a fundraising plan to raise money for garden development and workshops. They’ll coordinate garden workshops and recruit knowledgeable teachers to train new gardeners in the basics of organic food production. Communications and Social Media will be a weekly responsibility of this service member.
Benefits include Biweekly living allowance, paid holidays, sick leave and vacation, education award, health coverage, relocation assistance, and a network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers and alumni
Service term is February 2019-February 2020
About NCO Gardens Project:
North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) is the Community Action Agency that serves Lake and Mendocino Counties, as well as parts of Humboldt, Sonoma, Del Norte, and Solano Counties. NCO was established in 1968 as part of President Johnson's War on Poverty, with the mission of assisting low-income and disadvantaged people to become self-reliant. NCO provides a safety net of emergency assistance, employment, and training services for low-income individuals and families. The Gardens Project is one of NCO's Community Wellness Projects and facilitates the development of community-supported gardens throughout Lake and Mendocino Counties. We seek to relieve hunger and inadequate nutrition throughout Mendocino and Lake Counties by creating access to community-based food production and local, nutritious food. We work with local government and private landowners to lease underutilized land around low-income neighborhoods for the creation of new community gardens. In addition, we work to educate the community about sustainable food production and healthy eating through garden and nutrition workshops and work to empower our gardeners through leadership training.
Bilingual Spanish & English preferred. Experience with sustainable food systems, nonprofit fundraising, grant writing, and data entry collection a plus.
Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 7th, 2018