Community Garden Coordinator - AmeriCorps

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SEI

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San Carlos, CA, United States

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30+ days ago

Location: Each Green Corner, San Carlos, CA

Work Environment: Hybrid (Remote and On Site)

Approx. 75%: in-person on assigned garden sites or in activities required to maintain sites (e.g. procuring materials).

Approx. 25%: remote work conducting coordination and communications activities (e.g. volunteer management; creating content for partners, social media, volunteers, or educational resources).

Term: September 2022 - July 2023; 1700 hours; 40 hours/week

Living Allowance Stipend: $2,636/month

Education Award: $10,000 upon program completion

Benefits: Healthcare coverage (w/dental & vision), Education Award, student loan deferment, child care allowance, CalFresh, professional development budget ($100), industry networking.

About Each Green Corner

Each Green Corner is a San Mateo County-based nonprofit that empowers communities to increase food sovereignty and climate resiliency through sustainable urban agriculture. We do this by training and assisting communities in building sustainable food-producing gardens at schools, community centers, and at-risk residential areas to produce culturally-diverse produce for donation to nonprofit food distribution partners and/or directly into needy communities. Simultaneously, we educate our communities about nutrition and food security, environmental justice and sustainable agriculture through volunteer and publicly-available resources as well as . We have 3 main programs that work together to create the robust system that makes up Each Green Corner: Residential Gardens, Living Campus (school- and community center-based gardens), and Seedling Starter Program.

Position Overview & Description

The Fellow will support all three of EGC’s programs: Living Campus, Residential Gardens, and Seedling Starter Program. With our Living Campus program, we partner with local schools and community-based organizations to design, install, and maintain agriculture-centered outdoor educational settings tailored to each school’s learning goals and/or community group’s community goals. Produce grown in the gardens is harvested by families and staff to be used directly by the community, if it is a community experiencing food insecurity, or donated to our local food distribution partners.

With our Residential Gardens program, we promote sustainable urban agriculture as a means to create food security and community development. The program focuses on serving seniors as well as neighborhoods experiencing high levels of food insecurity, through distribution of free seedlings and soil as well as assistance and technical support in the garden maintenance.

Responsibilities

EGC seeks a full-time dynamic, results-oriented professional dedicated to food justice and sustainable agriculture who loves working outside and working with a diverse array of partners and volunteers. As an EGC Garden Coordinator, you will manage a portfolio of garden sites and projects for our three programs— Residential Gardens, Living Campus, and Seedling Starter—by:

  • Working on-site each week at each of your garden sites to maintain and improve the gardens, including weeding, planting, pruning, implementing natural pest control methods, and harvesting in the garden as well as task, inventory, and materials management (training provided);
  • Preparing for and leading assigned sites’ monthly weekend volunteer work days (anticipated Garden Coordinator will oversee one 4-6 hour work day per weekend);
  • Document garden progress and community engagement via photographs, videos, and interviews;
  • Serving as hub for site/project-specific collaborations between operations, design, communications and development teams;
  • Collaborating with education and communication teams to create educational and outreach materials (virtual and on-site) to enhance site- and program-specific goals;
  • Collaborating with EGC operations team and agricultural advisors to create seasonal planting lists across sites and manage seedling inventories;
  • Track purchasing and budgets for each assigned project;
  • Manage data collection for internal evaluation to measure our programs’ impacts;
  • Other program-related activities as needed.

This position requires on-site work within San Mateo County regularly on weekdays and weekends, with some flexibility in scheduling. Position is conducted remotely outside of on-site time.

Desired Qualifications

  • Positive, collaborative approach with a passion for urban agriculture, equity and food justice, education, community building, and/or environmental/sustainability issues;
  • Ability and strong desire to engage in sustained periods of outdoor manual labor, including lifting 50 lbs, light carpentry work, shoveling, maneuvering loaded wheelbarrows, and other tasks as required.
  • Excitement to work with and lead volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and skill levels;
  • Bachelor’s Degree or comparable experience in program management, public health, environmental justice/sustainability, agriculture, or related field;
  • Experience working in schools, community-based (non-profit) agencies, and/or low-income communities;
  • Attention to professionalism and cultural competence with experience working across a diverse range of populations;
  • Willingness to regularly work weekends;
  • Access to a car, possession of a valid driver’s license, and proof of automobile insurance;
  • Familiarity with G Suite platform;
  • An ability to work independently to execute tasks, while seeking support and feedback as appropriate; and
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English a plus.

Fellowship Experience at Each Green Corner

The EGC fellowship is set up to provide fellows with a well-rounded experience in a small non-profit to enable fellows to gain insight into what it is like to work in a small- to mid-size community-based non-profit. Fellows will be supported and supervised by EGC’s Program Coordinator, and will also have the opportunity to work directly with the CEO, COO, and EGC’s well-developed internship teams. With our extensive experience leveraging the passion and talents of interns and volunteers, EGC is well set up to provide a stellar learning and professional growth environment with both regular supervision/feedback outlets and schedules as well as encouraged access to other team members and our many outside volunteer advisors. Fellows will have access to an extensive library of guides and tools to both learn from, as well as contribute to as they develop their projects, while additionally having latitude to propose and initiate new projects that fit within EGC’s strategic goals and mission.

Additionally, EGC intentionally fosters an open, supportive and professional culture, where all ideas and perspectives are encouraged and initiative is applauded and rewarded. Our past fellow and our dozens of past interns rate our culture and opportunity to develop as a leader as one of the best parts of working at EGC.

ABOUT US

Climate Corps AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Bay Area Community Resources and SEI partner to implement Climate Corps AmeriCorps, an award-winning fellowship program that provides professional development opportunities for emerging leaders through implementation of sustainability and resiliency projects with local governments, nonprofits, and educational institutions.

Upon completion of the term, CCAC Fellows receive a Segal Education Award of up to $6,495.00 in return for your service. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs. Fellows who complete a 1700-hour term also receive a California For All Award of $3,505.00 in cash for educational expenses.

To see a full list of climate, energy, and sustainability positions posted by Climate Corps, please visit here. We are constantly adding positions, so make sure to frequently check this site to see if there are new opportunities available.

Basic Eligibility

AmeriCorps fellows must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents
  • Have a high school diploma/GED
  • Be 17 years old or older
  • Pass state criminal and FBI background checks, and a national check in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry
  • Test negatively for tuberculosis if working with minors
  • Be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing
  • Live in the state of California

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement

Bay Area Community Resources, the administrator of Climate Corps AmeriCorps, is an equal opportunity employer. We cultivate an environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all employees and National Service members. We are firmly committed to maintaining an atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. Therefore, we enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this equal opportunity policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.


Community Garden Coordinator - AmeriCorps

Each Green Corner

Location
PO Box 764 San Carlos CA 94070


Stipend
$2636

Monthly stipend


Additional pay
$10000

End of program award