Now Hiring: 2014/2015 AmeriCorps Volunteer
The Alderson Community Food Hub is a grass-roots organization that strives to connect food producers and consumers in West Virginia’s Greenbrier Valley, provide access to nutritious food, and cultivate awareness of sustainable food systems. The Food Hub offers a number of programs that support the local food system: it operates a seasonal Community Market and a year-round Green Grocer (community co-op); provides community members garden space at a Community Garden; manages a Grow Appalachia site, which helps local gardeners to produce more food by providing materials and technical assistance; conducts gardening and nutrition programming at Alderson Elementary School, including maintaining a school garden there; and is in the process of developing a community orchard in partnership with a local farmer. (Learn more at http://www.aldersonfoodhub.org/)
The AmeriCorps volunteer will serve to build the Food Hub’s capacity and to meet the needs of local producers and consumers through duties including:
- Producer Outreach. Meet with farmers/producers to understand needs and challenges of the local foods network. Develop production request lists and perform outreach to encourage additional production.
- Help plan, and support, farm-to-school programming at Alderson Elementary School
- Coordinate participation in, and oversee maintenance of, Community Gardens.
- Co-op administrative duties including developing and distributing newsletters and communications; assisting with inventory and other duties at the Green Grocer; coordinating volunteers and streamlining volunteer tracking system; developing and encouraging membership; providing support to the volunteer board of directors.
- Coordinate efforts to increase participation at all levels of the Food Hub – government agencies, local producers, local businesses, consumers, schools, extension agencies and other community stakeholders.
This is a one-year volunteer position that will begin in mid-September 2014.
Skill Requirements: Ability to multi-task and manage time efficiently; excellent verbal communication skills; completes tasks independently; excellent computer skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office and social media and other web-based applications; High School degree, GED, or an agreement to graduate high school before using the Segal Education Award
Program Benefits include: A living stipend of $12,100 for the service year; $5,500 education award upon completion of service year; loan forbearance; childcare assistance; and health insurance.
Interviews are ongoing, so please apply promptly. Applications due by August 1. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Fritz Boettner at email@example.com.