Americorps Positions

Location: 
Lansing Michigan
Publication Date: 
Thursday, August 8, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Greater Lansing Food Bank

Please see below for information about two Americorps positions opening at the Greater Lansing Food Bank to start in October. Consider joining the GLFB’s fight against hunger through community gardening and farm business development with programs Garden Project and Lansing Roots.

Resumes and cover letters are due by Aug. 23.

 Demonstration Farm Coordinator

We are seeking an AmeriCorps member to serve with the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB), focusing on increasing our capacity to assist people grow fresh food and begin community gardens/farms. The AmeriCorps member will collaborate with staff (primarily Lansing Roots Program Manager) to engage, cultivate and educate specialized, individual volunteers and groups of volunteers for programming functions related to farming and gardening. The position will offer support to components of an incubator and training farm (Lansing Roots), now in its second season of production. Most service will be focused on our produce donation and demonstration farm plot, which models sustainable growing practices while producing food for the Greater Lansing Food Bank.  The position will shift focus seasonally, as appropriate and needed, while maintaining some core functions throughout the year. All tasks will be approached with the overarching theme of outreach, education and capacity building for the GLFB and its core functions, striving to increase access of fresh produce to those in need. We expect the Americorps member to model direct service by serving with and alongside volunteers and program participants.

 The member will:

  • Organize, schedule, and serve alongside volunteers to assist with the donation and demonstration farm at our Lansing Roots farmer training site
  • Organize, schedule or lead (as appropriate) a series of advanced classes and workshops targeted at the technical aspects of growing/farming
  • Assist in day to day farm operations
  • Develop educational materials to showcase best practices for sustainably growing fresh food
  • Assist with planning and maintaining the demonstration farm to maximize educational impact
  • Serve alongside the Lansing Roots Program Manager to ensure the delivery and distribution of fresh produce to those in need
  • Act as group and service leader liaison for workdays
  • Serve with the Lansing Roots Program Manager to recruit and develop a strong team of volunteers for long-term and/or specialized farm help
  • Continue to build outreach and education capacity through direct contact with community members

 Qualifications:

  • Good general or technical  knowledge of farming
  • Interest in building a healthier food system, nutrition education and community development.
  • Comfortable speaking and presenting in front of groups
  • Experience interacting with individuals and groups in a supervisory role
  • Willingness and interest in interacting with all types of people, including low-income and socially-disadvantaged populations
  • Excellent communication skills and well organized
  • Ability to serve independently with adequate guidance
  • Self-motivation will increase possibilities of position
  • Willingness to learn new things and problem-solve creatively
  • Some evening and weekend obligations should be expected
  • Ability to farm outside in various climatic conditions
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds

Full-Time AmeriCorps Member Benefits: 

  • Training, support and professional development
  • Living allowance: $12,100
  • Education award: $5,550 at the completion of the service term (1700 hours)
  • Loan forbearance for qualified student loans
  • Eligible for health insurance with eye care and dental coverage.

 For more information about the Greater Lansing Food Bank, please visit www.greaterlansingfoodbank.org

For questions related to this position, please contact Laura Wies – laura@greaterlansingfoodbank.org or 517-853-7813

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Katie Ellero at kellero@ingham.org by August 23.

Deadline to apply: 
Friday, August 23, 2013 (All day)