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AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator

$13,700.00 to $13,732.00 /year

Newport, VT

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August 20th, 2018 2-week orientation
September 3rd, 2018 AmeriCorps term begins
August 2nd, 2019
Newport, Vermont
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. (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 2018-2019 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 ****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
Deliver GMFTS educational programs and events including taste tests, field trips, workshops and special events
Plant, maintain, and harvest school gardens
Recruit and train community volunteers
Design outreach and publicity materials
Use database to collect, analyze, and report data for program evaluation
Photo document activities and download in a timely manner
Work closely with staff, parents, food service directors, and farmers
Facilitate Farm-to-School Committee meetings
Serve as an independent member of a team of Coordinators
Plan, organize, and attend community and organizational events
Be a US citizen
A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
Knowledge of local food systems and sustainable agriculture
Strong interest in working with children, teaching (formal or non-formal) experience required
Some knowledge of gardening and vegetable production needed
Excellent public speaking, writing skills, and organizational skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly growing non-profit environment
Offer contingent upon results from National Service Criminal History Check
Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
AmeriCorps Members who complete their term of service in a full-time position will receive:
A biweekly stipend totaling approximately $12,600 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 $5,775 Education Award for past or future education (subject to adjustment based on funding)
Subsidized housing
Career mentoring, professional development, and strong work experience
Monthly SNAP benefits
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $13,700.00 to $13,732.00 /year
gardening: 1 year
teaching: 1 year

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