Spring/Summer Arkansas GardenCorps Service Member 2018


Cause Areas

When

Thu Mar 01, 2018 - Sun Aug 26, 2018

Where

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

About

See Service Sites and Application at www.arkansasgardencorps.com

Commitment Required:

  • 900 hours for all full-time members (6 months) over the service term beginning March 1, 2018 and ending August 26, 2018.
  • 450 hours for the part-time member (4.5 months) April 15, 2018 through August 26, 2018.
  • 300 hours for the part-time member (3 months) June 4, 2018 through August 26, 2018.

In general, essential functions of the position include:

  • Garden duties:
    • Seeding, planting, overseeing, harvesting produce
    • Weeding, watering, thinning crops, bed amending and maintenance, fertilizing and pesticide control
    • Construction of garden infrastructure (such as raised beds and irrigation)
    • Maintaining tidiness of common areas
    • Building, maintenance and utilization of rainwater harvest systems, vermicompost bins, and 3-bin compost systems
    • Processing and transporting crops to consumer (produce stand, restaurant, food rescue, etc.)
    • Operating heavy equipment (tiller, tractor, trench digger)
  • Educational duties:
    • Providing garden-based education and nutrition education to youth and adults through structured lessons and/or workshops and training
    • Coordinating and assisting with delivery of at least one 6-lesson Cooking Matters for Kids and/or Teens course
    • Incorporating educational components into social events at garden, such as volunteer workdays
    • Managing gardens’ resources, such as tools and equipment
  • Sustainability duties:
    • Organizing community outreach events
    • Coordinating/logging volunteers and their hours and scheduling work days
    • Publicizing gardens’ volunteer needs and events through traditional and social media
    • Very small amount of donation procurement, fundraising, and/or grant writing to assist with procurement of materials and funds directly benefiting the garden and its programming
  • Access duties:
    • Distribution of produce to local food banks
    • Sharing of produce with local community members
    • Assisting with establishment of home gardens, or inviting community members into the garden to pick their own produce
  • Other duties:
    • Attend orientation in Little Rock prior to first day of service
    • Attend bimonthly Arkansas GardenCorps trainings in Little Rock
    • Complete monthly progress reports and submit to ARGC
    • Log time in online database on a weekly basis
    • Participate in regular email and phone communication with ARGC staff
    • Participate in all duties as described in the Service Site’s Service Member Position Description


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Preferred:

  • Knowledge of gardening (knowledge of sustainable gardening is preferred)
  • Effective communication, leadership and community organizational skills
  • Teaching/training/public speaking experience preferred but not required


Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Demands:

  • Willingness to serve in outdoor environments, in all weather conditions
  • Ability to lift at least 25 lbs and perform garden related physical activities
  • Ability to work independently and make informed decisions
  • Ability to work cooperatively and compassionately with a diverse community

Skills

  • Organization
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Project Management
  • Gardening
  • Environmental Education
  • Farming

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • 6 months full-time, or 4.5 or 3 months part-time
  • Driver's License not required for application, but may be required by Service Sites.

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