Gardeneers is a Chicago-based non-profit organization that does custom school garden programming for schools across the city, though many are on the south and west sides of Chicago.
Gardeneers’ Public Health AmeriCorps Service Members will work alongside Garden Educators to educate elementary and high school students at Gardeneers' +/- 19 garden and farm sites. They develop strong working relationships with school administration, teachers, and community members, while successfully growing and distributing vegetables and turning garden spaces into outdoor classrooms. Public Health AmeriCorps members will also work in small teams to provide farm stands and informational workshops for the neighborhoods in which you serve!
-Attend weekly AmeriCorps Meetings; Attend Weekly Staff Meetings
-Participate in Seasonal Goal Setting, Reviews, and Monthly Check-in’s with the Director of AmeriCorps Program; Submit Timesheets + Reflections
-Working in partnership with Garden Educators to prepare for and lead garden programming by creating lesson plans, ensuring all materials and supplies are prepared, and ensuring successful execution of lessons.
-Ensure beauty and productivity of school garden spaces; properly close gardens at the end of season.
-Maintain accurate records on each assigned school including, but not limited to: surveys, school and volunteer contact info, pictures of students and gardens, harvest and program logs.
-Represent Gardeneers through working with a small team of other AmeriCorps Members and coordinating and carrying out tabling events, farmstands and other community events.
-Participate in trainings along with other professional development opportunities.
-Build relationships and maintain ongoing communication via email, phone and in-person meetings with teachers, principals, administrators, other school staff, volunteers, community members, and parents.
-Administer Gardeneers’ curriculum; Work with other Gardeneers staff to implement, develop and evaluate programming.
Applicants must be 18 years or older and must be have an interest in gardening, farming, urban agriculture, or similar topics!
Please apply through the AmeriCorps website and e-mail Leah at email@example.com with any questions.