JOB OPENING: AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate (2 positions)
TERMS: Seasonal, non-exempt position, full-time, May 22 through July 31, 2017, mostly weekdays, some evenings and weekends required
COMPENSATION: See AmeriCorps VISTA website for compensation and benefits.
The Food Literacy Project (a nonprofit education partner to Field Day Family Farm, an 8-acre commercial vegetable operation located in Louisville, KY’s Hikes Point Area) is transforming youth and their communities through food, farming, and the land. Founded in 2006, the Food Literacy Project reaches a diverse group of youth and families through the Field-to-Fork Program, which includes experiential education programs, in-school and afterschool programs, family engagement programs, professional development for teachers and food service personnel, community outreach activities, food access projects, and out-of-school-time youth development opportunities. In a time of great concern about rising obesity rates, lack of access to fresh foods, as well as the cultural disconnection between people, food and the earth, the Food Literacy Project engages youth and families to create a just and sustainable food system that cultivates healthy communities. Participants empower themselves with skills to lead healthier lives and discover earth’s bounty through hands-on learning.
Summer Associates will deliver direct service on Oxmoor Farm, Iroquois Farm, and at local schools and community centers, preparing and leading hands-on activities with youth and adults. Associates work under the guidance of a Program Director and Program Coordinator and alongside a team of seasonal Farm-based Educators. VISTA Summer Associates will help propel the Food Literacy Project’s bold vision for a community with a just and sustainable food system that cultivates healthy citizens by serving as leaders for our Truck Farm initiative and our Youth Community Agriculture Program (YCAP). Summer Associates will plan and implement educational and enrichment programs and facilitate targeted food system discussions and youth development activities. Summer Associates will have the opportunity to work closely with staff to educate youth in the community about healthy food. The Summer Associates will also do community outreach to raise awareness about the organization and programming, participating in community events and tabling.
The majority of work is done outdoors, can be physically demanding (walking, lifting, kneeling, crouching, etc.), and includes some manual labor. The Summer Associate may also help with office tasks associated with managing a small nonprofit, including assistance with publications and mailings, running errands, managing program supplies, and other tasks as needed.
- Completion of high school or equivalent, some college, or equivalent experience.
- 19 years of age or older.
- Experience teaching orworking with children, or the desire to learn.
- Experience with diverse populations, especially at-risk youth, is beneficial.
- Must passcriminal background check.
- Be physically able to participate in and lead farm and garden work projects, and to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
- Shares a commitment to Food Literacy Project’s mission.
- Experience as a volunteer or paid staff for a small, community-based non-profit organization.
- Self-directed and organized, with excellent communication skills.
- Adaptability, creativity, and independence, with a willingness to seek and accept direction as appropriate.
- Background in or interest in farming, sustainable agriculture, food justice, cooking, and/or nutrition are also assets.
- Register on the My AmeriCorps site to submit an application for the position.
- Find The Food Literacy Project open position by clicking here.
- ALSO, please send a resume and cover letter to Program Director Sarah McCartt-Jackson by Monday, May 8. Hard copy submissions can be mailed to 9001 Limehouse Lane, Louisville, KY 40222. Electronic applications will be accepted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Food Literacy Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer: The Food Literacy Project emphasizes diversity in both our programs and our staff, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable federal laws.