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AmeriCorps VISTA, Ending Hunger Corps

Start Date: ASAP 2022

Accepting Applications Until: May 25, 2022

To learn more and apply: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=110494

Surrounded by ponds, lakes and rivers and nestled in the beautiful western foothills of Norway, ME, at Alan Day Community Garden we believe that everyone should have access to nutritious foods. For over a decade we have worked to create local food access, provide produce and meals to families experiencing low income, and create an inclusive culture around growing food, teaching cooking skills and preparing nourishing meals with the community. Our youth leadership program provides students with valuable lifelong skills and our summer farmers’ market brings fun, connection, and nourishment to our community. Our VISTA service member will join our dynamic and hard-working organization as we work toward building a community food center and kitchen. They will need to be comfortable working with the public, friendly, welcoming and professional, organized and efficient, extremely adaptable and patient, willing to work with a wide range of people, and demonstrate support for diversity, equity, & inclusion. Our VISTA will enhance our existing programs while developing additional resources to meet the needs of families experiencing low income, grow leadership among our youth and community members by engaging them directly in growing and harvesting food, preparing meals, and serving the community. Our VISTA will also be adept with record-keeping, written & verbal communication, and completing time-sensitive tasks by the deadlines, including reports, grant application, newsletters, and social media updates. Our VISTA will have access to free seasonal produce, an extremely supportive community of volunteers, hands-on learning opportunities in gardening & carpentry, and flexibility around working onsite and offsite depending on season and needs of our organization. This position is part of Ending Hunger Corps, a 25-member cohort model VISTA program sponsored by Maine's Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, Forestry (DACF): https://www.maine.gov/dacf/about/commissioners/endhunger/

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Food & Leadership Coordinator     

Start and End Date: ASAP 2022 to September 15th 2022 (flexible start date)

Accepting Applications Until: May 25th, 2022


REPORTS TO: Executive Director

POSITION TYPE: Hourly, full-time, seasonal, seasonally renewable contingent on funding and successful job performance.

MISSION & VISION: We improve our community's health by providing opportunities to build relationships, learn, and grow food together. Our community thrives because all people are valued and nourished through meaningful connections and healthy, affordable food.

PURPOSE: The Food & Leadership Coordinator ensures that the purpose, values, and mission of the Alan Day Community Garden is realized through the facilitation of our programs. The primary responsibility of this role is to manage the youth and food programs throughout the growing season. Duties include working with youth through lessons & activities, planning & managing the gardens and CSA program, following a schedule and record keeping, proactive communication with all garden members, attending Friday evening Farmers’ Markets, and assisting the Executive Director with additional tasks and special projects as needed. 
 
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Demonstration & Production Garden Program: Manage gardening operations. Take primary responsibility for efficiently managing the gardens with the help of volunteers, including a high tunnel, ½ acre of gardens, 1 acre food forest, offsite raised beds at a few locations, and the development of new raised beds. Work effectively to create flourishing, educational and highly productive gardens by planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting.


CSA Garden Share Program: Oversee harvesting and packing. Help organize and manage the 40-50 person CSA program planning and harvest day by overseeing volunteers and youth and providing quality control for the products. Eighty percent of the produce is purchased from partnering farms. Maintain records for weight of produce harvested, distributed or served during any ADCG program.


Youth Program: Coordinate and facilitate all aspects of the daily operations of the Youth Leadership Program. Oversee youth programming as designated by the program schedule and the Executive Director. Facilitate & deliver pre-planned educational activities with youth. All lessons and activities will focus on leadership, communication, gardening skills, or the mission of the ADCG, and be facilitated in a fun and engaging manner. Work with youth on garden-related activities, provide basic instruction and research gardening methods as-needed to maintain productivity. Communicate effectively and professionally with all youth, parents, gardeners, visitors, volunteers, and others who interface with the ADCG.


Monitor program success, challenges and potential challenges, and best practices. In collaboration with the Executive Director, adapt the program to address observed challenges. Keep a daily log and report significant observations to the Executive Director. Respectfully and professionally represent the ADCG at all times in public settings, private meetings, and digital communications, as an employee of the ADCG. Have a thorough understanding of ADCG history and mission, current programming opportunities, and general information. 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
BA or equivalent 4 years post secondary education- applicants without this level of education, but having professional experience relevant to this position will be considered
Excellent written and verbal communication skills

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

-Demonstrated leadership skills
-Demonstrated knowledge base of basic food system issues in relation to climate change, industrial food production, and food insecurity. Understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as they apply to food access, education about food, and personal food choices
-Experience with organic farming or gardening, education, youth development
-Physical ability to safely perform routine gardening tasks, sometimes in challenging (hot, cold, rainy) weather conditions, while also instructing and monitoring other participants to ensure safety. Be able to lift 50 lbs and walk over rough terrain
-Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, possess time management and organizational skills, and be able to effectively handle multiple tasks at one time
-Understanding and active awareness of social, economic, cultural and racial diversity. Commitment to equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Willingness to receive training regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s)

Additional Job Information
This is a full time, hourly position, starting at $19/hr and averaging 32-40 hrs per week from approximately May to September 15th. Benefits include access to free seasonal produce for personal use. Please call (207)-346-0708 or email alandaycommunitygarden@gmail.com with any questions regarding the position.

 

How to Apply
Applications are due by May 25th, 2022. Applications should include a resume, one-page cover letter, and the names and contact information for 3 references. Applicants should submit their applications by mail to Alan Day Community Garden, 26 Whitman Street, Norway, Maine, 04268 or by email to alandaycommunitygarden@gmail.com.  

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
The ADCG shall follow the spirit and intent of all federal, state, and local employment law and is committed to equal employment opportunity (EEO). The ADCG is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local law. Each person is evaluated on the basis of personal skill and merit. The ADCG’s policy regarding EEO applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, job assignments, promotions, working conditions, scheduling, benefits, wage and salary administration, disciplinary action, termination, and social, educational, and recreational programs.
 

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