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AmeriCorps Internship

AmeriCorps Farm to School Nutrition Educator

Positions August 15​ th​ , 2018 – August14​ th​ , 2019

Application Deadline: 5pm July 22, 2018

Contact: Linda Vale, linda@growlacrosse.org

Overview: Join a team that is passionate about changing the local food system around La Crosse, Wisconsin. GROW La Crosse, a non-profit organization based in La Crosse, WI.

GROW La Crosse is seeking candidates to fill a 50% time AmeriCorps Nutrition Educator position.

Each position is a one-year appointment with a 900-hour commitment (an average of 20 hours/week). The position will begin August 15, 2018 and end August 14, 2019. Members will be under contract with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s state-wide Farm to School AmeriCorps program and will be under direct supervision of GROW staff to continue and expand upon existing school gardens.

Work hours will fall primarily between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Monday through Friday, so the member needs to be available at least three days a week during those times. Occasional weekend and evening hours may be required.   AmeriCorps Educators will develop and implement nutrition lessons to educate children about the benefits of making healthy eating choices. Educators also introduce fresh local foods through tastings, chef in the classroom programs, and by helping create new gardens at schools.

Specific Duties:

  • Meet with new teachers, principals and community members at new sites
  • Prepare and teach garden and nutrition lessons to elementary students in La Crosse and surrounding schools
  • Help promote local foods and farms through lunchroom activities and communications to school staff and families
  • Assist in helping create a GROW School Snack Program
  • Provide feedback on lesson plans and develop lesson materials
  • Develop materials and assist at community and school events and assemblies

Required qualifications: ● Passion for inspiring healthful eating among youth and for promoting local, sustainable agriculture ● Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, flexible work setting ● Ability to provide one’s own transportation for work purposes ● Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills in a team setting ● Strong verbal and written communication skills ● Working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet software and the internet ● Possession of a valid Wisconsin Driver’s License ● Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent ● Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident alien Desired qualifications: ● Experience in education, nutrition, environmental science, local food systems, or agriculture ● Experience working with youth in an educational setting ● Volunteer or paid experience with socially, economically and/or ethnically diverse populations ● Experience working with food service in schools, restaurants, or other institutions ● Experience working with farmers ● Skillful in establishing and maintaining professional work relationships ● Knowledge of graphic design software and/or video editing

Compensation: AmeriCorps members will receive a bi-weekly living allowance ($7,000 annual total), student loan deferment while serving, and an education award of $2,960 upon successful completion of service in addition to attendance to a professional conference and ongoing professional development opportunities and training. Application Procedure and Deadline: Please submit; 1) the attached 2018-19 DPI AmeriCorps application form, 2) a resume with three professional references (contact information is sufficient), and 3) a letter of interest explaining why you feel farm to school programming is important for Wisconsin schools and how your past experiences prepare you for the position, by 5pm on July 22, 2018 to Linda Vale by email or mail: If sending electronically, please use the subject line: “GROW AmeriCorps Application.”

Link to AC application: https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/school-nutrition/pdf/americorps-member-applicatio n.pdf

To Read More About GROW: www.growlacrosse.org

 

AmeriCorps Application

 

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Grow Garden Intern Tasks

Summer Garden Internship Description:

GROW La Crosse is a  non-profit which connects children to healthy food and nature through school gardens and farm camps.  We are looking for interns this upcoming summer 2017.

Internship Description:

Intern will be responsible for overseeing a school garden, organizing volunteers, helping with summer lessons and helping plan the Fall Festival on the Farm.  Currently, we have gardens at State Road Elementary, Hamilton/SOTA 1 Elementary schools and a new garden going in at Spence Elementary.  During the summer, we ensure the gardens are being maintained through family volunteers from the school.  Interns check on the gardens, check-in on the volunteers, help coordinate the volunteers and help troubleshoot when needed.  We also help instruct lessons to summer school classes and Hamilton students (Hamilton is a year-round school).  Interns help to plan and instruct a few lessons with help from the supervisor.  The Fall Festival on the Farm, a main fundraiser for the organization, is held in September every year.  Interns assist in helping to prepare for the festival.  Interns also have the opportunity to help with Farm Camps which take place at Deep Roots Community Farm, about 12 miles from La Crosse.

Requirements:

6 hours a week from June 1- August 31st

Must feel comfortable leading a group of elementary students

Must have desire to learn more about nutrition education, especially Garden to Cafeteria

Must work well with others

Has transportation (car or bike)

A typical week could look like:

30 mins- Meeting with supervisor

2 hrs- Helping at garden

2 hours – Teaching nutrition lessons

30 mins- Garden to Cafeteria help (picking tomatoes/lettuce)

15 mins- Communications with supervisor and/or teachers

30 mins- Researching seed saving techniques for next lesson

Please check out Grow La Crosse’s website to see if this organization aligns with your interests.

If you are interested and have the time and positive energy to put towards this internship, please send me your resume (or a list of experiences you’ve had that relate to this experience), a short paragraph about why this is a good fit for you and times throughout the week that you have available to kristy@growlacrosse.org.   Feel free to ask any questions.   This is an unpaid position, but a lot of experiences are gained.  Also, you may want to check with your university for credit and grant funding opportunities for the internship.

Fall Garden Internship Description:

GROW La Crosse is a  non-profit which connects children to healthy food and nature through school gardens and farm camps.  We are looking for interns for Fall 2017.

Internship Description:

Intern will be responsible for teaching garden-related nutrition education classes to local elementary school students.  Currently, we have gardens at both State Road Elementary, Hamilton/SOTA 1 Elementary Schools and Spence Elementary.  Garden-connected lessons are taught to each classroom that signs up at each school.  Interns help to engage and instruct the lesson which is created by the supervisor and interns.  Intern is responsible for helping with maintenance of the garden, occasionally picking and supplying cafeteria with garden vegetables, helping with the Fall Festival on the Farm (the main fundraiser for our organization) and occasional recess or after-school lessons.

Requirements:

6 hours a week from September-early December

3 of the required hours must be between the hours of 8:30-11:00 or 12:30-3;00 Monday-Friday (elementary school hours)

Must feel comfortable leading a class of elementary students

Must have desire to learn more about nutrition education, especially Garden to Cafeteria

Must work well with others

Has transportation to a school (bike or car)

A typical week could look like:

1 hr-Meeting with supervisor

30 mins- Prepping for lesson

3 hours – Teaching nutrition lessons

30 mins- Garden to Cafeteria help (picking tomatoes/lettuce)

15 mins- Communications with supervisor and/or teachers

30 mins- Researching seed saving techniques for next lesson

Please check out Grow La Crosse’s website to see if this organization aligns with your interests.

If you are interested and have the time and positive energy to put towards this internship, please send me your resume (or a list of experiences you’ve had that relate to this experience), a short paragraph about why this is a good fit for you and times throughout the week that you have available to kristy@growlacrosse.org.   Feel free to ask any questions.   This is an unpaid position, but a lot of experiences are gained.  Also, you may want to check with your university for credit and grant funding opportunities for the internship.

Summer and Fall Marketing Internship Description:

Tasks include:

  • Create photo journalism blogs each week for GROW La Crosse
  • Create professional social media posts
  • To capture images, intern will attend some Grow programs and events
  • Help maintain gardens and hoop house
  • Highlight and review events
  • Connect with community media
  • Facilitate vegetables getting from the hoop house to cafeteria (State Road) to summer school when needed
  • Help increase the number of blog subscribers
  • Assist in the marketing of events
  • Help with other tasks as needed

If you are interested and have the time and positive energy to put towards this internship, please send me your resume (or a list of experiences you’ve had that relate to this experience), a short paragraph about why this is a good fit for you and times throughout the week that you have available to jamie@growlacrosse.org.   Feel free to ask any questions.   This is an unpaid position, but a lot of experiences are gained.  Also, you may want to check with your university for credit and grant funding opportunities for the internship.

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