450-Hour UCC AmeriCorps Individual Placement Position
Organization and Job Description
Summit Community Gardens (SCG) is a non-profit organization that operates a 1.5-acre community garden in Park City, centrally located just off Old Ranch Road at 4056 Shadow Mountain Drive. Our mission is to build and strengthen our community by educating, empowering, and providing an opportunity for people to grow their own food successfully and sustainably. We achieve our mission by offering gardening education, garden plot rentals, and community events for all to attend.
The UCC AmeriCorps Education Coordinator is primarily responsible for developing and expanding the education and community program of Summit Community Gardens (SCG). The Education and Garden Coordinator will also assist in managing and maintaining the demonstration gardens, help manage and integrate the community gardeners, as well as facilitate garden volunteer groups, and assist at SCG events.
The position requires strong leadership skills, self-motivation, and a passion for teaching youth to grow and eat healthy, local, organic food. Through this position, the UCC AmeriCorps member will have the opportunity to learn about organic farming practice, outdoor education, sustainable food production, and professional non-profit work through hands-on experience.
Develop engaging curriculum for summer youth gardening camps and programs
Collaborate with partner organizations to develop joint summer camp opportunities
Recruit students and market summer camps in appropriate channels
Teach summer camps and youth classes
Develop a community-based education series to engage community gardeners and other residents
Help recruit and manage other instructors who will also teach classes and camps
Work with a variety of garden partners on service-learning, garden, and education projects
Lead group visits in the garden
Assist in the marketing and promotion of the education program through social media and other marketing platforms
Community Garden Program Stewardship
Help plant, maintain, harvest, record, and distribute produce from all demonstration gardens
Provide support to community gardeners as needed
Assist with Summit Community Gardens and community events as needed, including: Garden Orientation Day (a Saturday in May), Seeds of Change (May), Dig-In (a Saturday in September) and garden clean up in October.
Experience working with youth ages 6-12, particularly in an outdoor setting
Experience with curriculum development
Desire to teach adults as well as children
Basic knowledge of sustainable, organic gardening OR strong desire to learn
Organized, motivated, and able to work independently and as part of a group
Desire to work outdoors in variable weather conditions
Excellent communication skills, positive attitude, and ability to solve problems creatively
Other Preferred Experience
Bachelor’s degree or degree in progress in related field (education, agriculture, social work, environmental studies, etc.)
Prior experience with teaching, gardening, farming, or communications
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Google applications (Gmail and Google Docs)
Ability to lift 25 pounds and work in the garden
Fluency in Spanish
Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and eligible to serve an AmeriCorps State/National term.
Must be at least age 18 by the start of their term and have a high school diploma or equivalent.
Must undergo and pass a National Criminal History Check.
Must commit to completing their Term of Service.
The Coordinator will work roughly 15 hours a week during the early garden season (April and May) and will work 20-25 hours per week in peak garden season (June - September). The Education Coordinator will finish up any hours in October. The hours will fluctuate with events, camps, and garden schedules. Summer camps will take priority, and the Education Coordinator will be expected to be onsite or have recruited, trained, and approved another instructor. We can be flexible scheduling hours; however, we expect the Coordinator will establish and publish his or her schedule at least 2 weeks in advance and notify the Garden Program Director of any changes.
This is an individual placement position through the Utah State University, Utah Conservation Corps (USU-UCC), AmeriCorps Program. USU-UCC will provide the selected individual with a $3,635 living allowance divided into bi-monthly installments and an educational award of $1,612.43 (upon completion of entire member contract).
Educational Opportunities and Other Benefits
Gain experience designing curriculum, program development and evaluation, and managing people
Learn about sustainable, organic gardening practices
Opportunity to spend time working outdoors in beautiful Park City!
Access to fresh garden produce
Send cover letter, resume, contact information for 2 professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 am, March 15, 2019. Please put “UCC AmeriCorps Education Coordinator” in the subject line.