Americorps and Internships

Americorps Position – 2018/19 school year Walla Walla WA

Walla Walla Valley Farm to Schoolhttps://www.facebook.com/wwvf2s/, beth.wwvf2s@gmail.com 509-386-2037

Walla Walla Valley Farm to School will host two Americorps positions in the 18/19 school year and invites thoughtful, enthusiastic candidates to apply to lead garden and food education as part of our team.   Please pass this along to anyone interested in being part of a statewide school garden and food education team providing meaningful experiences for kids, volunteers and teachers.

Walla Walla Valley Farm to School aims to inspire healthy communities through food, farm and garden experiences.  We believe that healthy communities support every individual’s well being and advocate for a healthy environment and a healthy economy.  Through engaging activities on local farms and in school gardens, classrooms and kitchens we provoke students to develop lifelong healthy eating habits, critical thinking skills and a comfort in their natural environment.
Position:School Garden/Food Education Corps Member

Location:  Walla Walla Washington and SE WA region
Hours: Hours vary with seasons but are generally 8:30 to 5:00.  This is a full time 11 month AmeriCorps position with minimum 1700 hours for the Sept 1 2018 – July 15 2019 term.
Compensation(through Common Threads/AmeriCorps):

  • $1,307 per month living allowance
  • $5,920 education award upon completion
  • Basic medical insurance (if eligible)
  • Childcare Benefits (if eligible)

Position Description: School Garden/Food Education AmeriCorps Member 2018-2019
1.  Lead groups of elementary and middle school students in a wide variety of garden activities. Planting seeds, turning compost, propagation, watering, fertilizing, transplanting, harvesting, preparing soil, mulching, saving seeds, and general garden maintenance.
2. Teach garden related lessons tied to academic standards: examining worms and other garden creatures, exploring soil, identifying parts of plants, as well as lessons on pollination, propagation, and natural history.
3. Teach hands-on healthy cooking lessons to groups of students and community members. Garden/Food Educator will cook with students K-8 in outdoor kitchen (camp-type kitchen) environments as well as a few indoor classrooms where available.
4.  Lead art and craft activities in the garden: drying flowers, painting garden signs, making bookmarks, wrapping paper, seed art.
5.  Garden/Food Educator will act as volunteer coordinator – recruiting, training, guiding, instructing, and maintaining contact through phone, email, and social media.
6.  Perform general garden maintenance tasks – water, weed, plant, harvest, mulch, haul soil & debris, spread leaves and manure, turn compost, clean and organize garden sheds and equipment, build trellises.
7. Model and encourage values that are integral to school gardens – curiosity, kindness, inclusion, equity, mindfulness, stewardship, service to others, community, health, peace.
8.  As a member of the Common Threads State-Wide Food Education Corps, participant will have the benefit of attending group trainings, meetings and other Team activities, some of which involve travel to Common Threadsin Bellingham as well as other host sites around the state.

Requirements:

  • Age 18-99
  • Able to lift 40 pounds, perform physical work for multiple hours in variety of weather conditions
  • College graduate or equivalent experience
  • Pass National Sex Offender Registry check, Washington State Background check, FBI background check
  • WA driver’s license
  • U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.
  • It takes a unique person to dedicate nearly a year of their lives to service. We appreciate those who bring a can-do attitude, a sense of humor, a zest for learning, and enthusiasm! Must be willing to work with a diverse team and be committed to the idea and practice of service as a way to improve yourself and the lives of others. Self-discipline and motivation are central to success.

To apply: 

  • Complete the application on the following website
  • Send resume and cover letter to beth.wwvf2s@gmail.com – please indicate if you are interested in serving specifically with Walla Walla Valley Farm to School in Walla Walla WA.

Questions?Please call Beth anytime: 509-386-2037, or email beth.wwvf2s@gmail.com.

 

A little more about Americorps Service in Walla Walla:

Serve as part of a statewide Americorps Food and School Garden education team in the Walla Walla Valley, rich with scenic beauty, internationally recognized wineries, renowned restaurants and small town friendliness where it never takes more than 10 minutes to get to your destination.  Become part of a passionate group providing coordinated leadership and support of programs that explore food and agriculture in school gardens, on farms and in school kitchens with an emphasis on connection to Next Generation Science and Common Core curriculum.  There may be additional opportunities to provide winter in-class cooking lessons, after school garden clubs and advancing our renewed farm field trip program.  We provide opportunity to build additional skills in social media, event planning, community building and marketing.

Internships

The Farm to School program has benefited from internships funded by colleges in the area. Internships vary in job description and time requirements.

Past interns have assisted with developing and leading after school garden club activities at two elementary schools in town in addition to researching and recommending different compost systems that would work in a school setting.

College student volunteers have also assisted with cooking demonstrations, garden club oversight and garden construction projects.

Anyone interested in an internship  should feel free to contact Beth Thiel at beth.wwvf2s@gmail.com for more information.

 

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