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.

Primary Responsibilities

Educational Leadership

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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.

Schedule

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.  

Compensation

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

To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, contact information for 2 professional references to info@summitcommunitygardens.org by 9 am, March 15, 2019. Please put “UCC AmeriCorps Education Coordinator” in the subject line.