AmeriCorps - Farming and Gleaning Associate


(45.66961,-122.62313)
 

Cause Areas

When

Thu Feb 15, 2018 08:00 AM - Wed Aug 15, 2018 05:00 PM

Where

6502 NE 47th AveVancouver, WA 98661

About

Status: Stipend Position

Compensation: Living Allowance

Plus Education Award once term completed

Commitment : 10 weeks

Please Visit AmeriCorps Website Prior to Applying to Confirm Benefits and Expectations: https://washingtonservicecorps.org/.

Clark County Food Bank Overview:

As a grower, gleaner, and supplier of food for the hungry and food insecure, Clark County Food Bank is the critical link between food and people in need. The food bank’s mission is to "alleviate hunger and its root causes in Clark County." Hunger is primarily addressed through the distribution of food to our network of 35+ partner agencies and meal-serving organizations which in turn directly serve needy seniors, individuals, families, and children of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

While hunger often goes unseen, it is quietly eroding the strength and stability of our community and robbing dignity from adults, productive futures from our children, and health from all. Our two-part mission statement not only includes providing emergency food to hungry individuals and families, it also provides them opportunities to learn about health alternatives that offer a positive way out of dependence on long-term food assistance for themselves and their children. Our Farming & Gleaning Program (along with our Nutrition Education Program) form the basis for fighting "root causes."

General Description:

With the guidance and support of the Program Manager, the Farming and Gleaning Associate will organize and manage volunteer’s, procure fruits and vegetables through farming and gleaning, and partner with local farmer’s markets for donations. All efforts will result in increased amounts of fresh produce to vulnerable populations who face poverty. Clark County Food Bank is seeking an individual with strong leadership skills and an interest in food systems.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and grow community partnerships
  • Farm relations and grower outreach
  • Volunteer recruitment
  • Volunteer training & tracking for harvesting events
  • Produce collection and harvest
  • Coordination of produce transportation and delivery
  • Create, distribute, and collect client surveys with partner agencies
  • Collate total harvest weights and numbers from each farming effort
  • Willingness to get hands dirty and work in farming fields

Skills:

  • Ability to set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, and manage work independently
  • Understand and work successfully with a variety of cultures
  • Ability to recruit, train, and support volunteers
  • Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Have experience with and knowledge of creating sustainable food systems and/or farming practices
  • Able and willing to work as a team member and independently as needed

During the growing season (June - August) this position will require nonstandard workplace hours including early mornings, weekday evenings, and/or weekends.

Clark County Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider, and we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization.

Skills

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Full-Time

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