2019-2020 AmeriCorps Food Educator and School Farmer

Job position / title

2019-2020 AmeriCorps Food Educator and School Farmer
Name of business / employer
Common Threads Farm
Job description / duties
Each Food Educator will serve as the lead educator at one or more of Common Threads’ partner school sites, and will also collaborate with the entire Food Education team (staff and AmeriCorps service members) to:
Lead garden lessons during Spring and Fall
Lead cooking lessons during Winter
Lead or support after school gardening and/or cooking clubs
Lead camp-style programs during Spring Break and Summer camps
Lead efforts to maintain/improve school gardens at your assigned school(s)
Assist with the recruitment, supervision, and appreciation of program volunteers
Collect and track data (e.g. attendance, pre- and post-tests to track impact of programming, volunteer hours)
Support special events and other relevant food education opportunities for families as they arise

The ideal candidate will
Be passionate, committed and creative
Have a solid background working with kids/teaching
Have experience gardening or farming
We also look for members who can play “specialist” roles within the team. We work to build a team that represents a diversity of talents: teaching, strong agricultural background, strong nutritional background, experience with social media, etc. Successful applicants will speak to how they might fill these roles.

Previous service members have asked that we please say up front that this is an intense and rewarding position. You must love long hours, being outside in all weather, and be ready for curve balls from kids and adults!

A car, though not necessary, is certainly helpful. If not a car, then a bike – counting on public transportation is not a realistic option.

Application deadline / closing date
Salary / rate of pay
AmeriCorps Stipend $1450/month
Days and hours of employment
40 hours/week, M-F (daytime schedule varies depending on time of year)
Flexible schedule?
(○) No

Travel required?
(○) Yes

Pay period
(○) Bi-weekly

Dates of employment (specify if temp or seasonal)
Person or department to contact
Laura Plaut
Business address
516 E North Street
Work location (if different from above)
How to apply
The required application on the AmeriCorps website is not yet available. Feel free to send in your cover letter and resume in advance, and we’ll alert you when the AmeriCorps application is open.

Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis, so if you are interested in applying don’t delay! Please submit a paper and electronic resume and cover letter to Laura Plaut, Executive Director via e-mail (laura@commonthreadsfarm.org) and snail mail: 516 E. North Street, Bellingham, WA 98225.

(We encourage both paper and electronic since we’ve found e-mail applications sometimes go missing!)

Applications should include
[×] Resume
[×] Cover letter
[×] References