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AmeriCorps VISTA Position placement at Grow To Learn (one year)
GrowNYC in partnership with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger is seeking a full-time VISTA member to help advance Grow to Learn: The Citywide School Garden Initiative. The VISTA member will work to increase access to nutritious food options by supporting school garden and nutrition education efforts in NYC public and charter schools as well as increasing utilization of benefits by creating and distributing a targeted toolkit to help school gardeners and their families become aware of opportunities to use SNAP benefits at farmers’ markets.
GrowNYC’s Grow to Learn program mission is a garden for every NYC public and charter school so that all students have the opportunity to grow food and develop healthier eating behavior, become better environmental stewards, experience rich academic learning environments and directly improve their communities.
AmeriCorps VISTA members serving with GrowNYC will:
§ Streamline registration and mini-grant application processes
§ Develop website content
§ Improve our data collection and management
§ Provide training for school gardeners in grant-writing and gardening
§ Connect NYC school gardeners via social media and newsletters
§ Test and improve our evaluation tools through site visits
§ Provide direct technical and material support to help school gardens bloom
§ Create a school garden family toolkit with information about access to local and healthy food, including SNAP, CSA’s, Greenmarkets and other resources
§ Assist with other tasks as defined by supervisor
Well-qualified candidates will ideally possess:
§ Strong verbal and written communications skills
§ Highly organized with the ability to multitask
§ Strong attention to detail
§ Basic gardening/farming and horticulture knowledge
§ Comfortable working outside in inclement weather and in a variety of conditions
§ Team player who works well with others as well as independently
§ Computer literate with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
This is a one year, full-time position beginning July 21, 2014. You are expected to be available for the needs of your community and project at all times, including days, nights and weekends. Because AmeriCorps VISTA service requires a full immersion in the project and community, both full and part-time employment are strictly prohibited – no exceptions – as well as adhere to some political and religious activities. For more information, please review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits information available here – http://bit.ly/1dAs2FM.
You are responsible for finding your own housing. No housing allowance will be provided.
Program Benefits (provided by AmeriCorps VISTA) :
· $1,276 Monthly living allowance, paid biweekly
· Segal Education Award ($5,645) or End-of-Service stipend ($1,500)
· Health benefits*
· Opportunity to forbear student loans while in service
· Relocation assistance (if applicable)
· Childcare assistance (if applicable)
· Optional life insurance
· One year non-competitive status for federal government positions
· A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums
How to Apply:
Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by April 30, 2014. In your cover letter please tell us where you learned about the position.
All candidates will also be required to complete the program application at: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=12812&fromSearch=true.
*Health benefits provided by participating in the AmeriCorps VISTA program currently do not meet the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act. If an AmeriCorps VISTA participant does not enroll in a separate program to meet this mandate, s/he may be assessed a penalty payment.
Please note GrowNYC will serve as the host site for successful AmeriCorps VISTA candidate placement; candidate will NOT be an employee of GrowNYC.
About Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps:
The Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC) is an AmeriCorps VISTA project, sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Wal-Mart Foundation, and managed by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. The VISTA members work in both rural and urban areas across the country as part of a public-private partnership to improve access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) for Americans in need.
Director, Citywide School Garden Initiative
51 Chambers Street, Room 228
New York, NY 10007