AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator

Website Green Mountain Farm to School

AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator

Start-Date: August 16th 2021 2-week orientation

September 1st 2021 AmeriCorps term begins

End-Date: August 5th, 2022

Location: Newport, Vermont

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. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. 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. Position dependent upon LEAP federal funding.

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 full-time year-long AmeriCorps position. The Farm-to-School Coordinator reports to the Farm to School Program Manager.

 

The AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator will:

Develop and maintain relationships with GMFTS partners
Serve as the primary contact for 3-5 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
Regularly record programming data for evaluation and documentation
Photo document activities and upload in a timely manner
Facilitate Farm-to-School Committee meetings
Create educational newsletters showcasing programming at schools
Serve as an independent member of a team of Coordinators
Work closely with school staff, students, and food service directors
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)

Qualifications

Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
Valid driver’s license
Reliable private vehicle
Some knowledge of local food systems and sustainable agriculture
Some knowledge of gardening and vegetable production
Some teaching (formal or non-formal) experience
Strong interest in working with children
Strong public speaking, writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills
Comfort working in a kitchen (home or commercial) desirable but not required
Offer contingent upon results from National Service Criminal History Check

Compensation: AmeriCorps Members who complete their term of service in a full-time position will receive:

A biweekly stipend totaling approximately $15,300 for the year (subject to adjustment based on funding)
Mileage reimbursement
Health insurance if not covered under another policy
Child care if necessary
Student loan forbearance
A $6,095 Education Award for past or future education (subject to adjustment based on funding)
Subsidized shared housing
Career mentoring, professional development, and strong work experience
Eligible for monthly SNAP benefits

Equal Opportunity Employer

Green Mountain Farm to School is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity of experience and perspective to enrich our work. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, crime victim status, health coverage status, HIV status, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

To Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@gmfts.org.   No phone calls please. Open until all positions filled; rolling application and interview period from April 1st –June 1st 2021 with priority preference for those submitted before May 15th.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@gmfts.org