Food Access Educator
In partnership with the Confluence Environmental Center, the Food Access Educator will focus on the following areas throughout their service: Support participating area Latino farmers who are growing organically to implement soil improvement practices and improve their crop yields (20%); Serve with the Program Director to provide hands-on technical assistance to Latino community gardeners at the Forest Grove Victory Garden and the St. Alexander Community Garden (20%); Engage the local community in the fresh and local foods movement by supporting the Market Manager with educational programming at the Forest Grove Farmers Market as well as with the development and implementation of the Produce Rx project, a food access project for low-income community members (25%); Mobilize community partners and volunteers to participate in environmental projects and cultural exchange events at the community gardens (15%); Serve with the Outreach and Marketing Coordinator to develop direct marketing outlets for area Latino farmers, including La Esperanza Distributor (10%). Collaborate on curriculum development and instruction of the Sustainable Farming course; conduct outreach presentations and workshops (10%).
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (to include, but not limited to):
- Collaborate with area Latino farmers to create individual farm plans and record-keeping systems that will improve crop yields and ensure consistent harvest.
- Serve with the Program Director to coordinate the community gardens and provide hands-on technical assistance for community gardeners.
- Support the Adelante Agricultura Marketing and Outreach Coordinator to coordinate harvest-to-market opportunities.
- Coordinate volunteer events that connect the local community and partner organizations with Adelante Agricultura participants.
- Serve with the Market Manager to conduct educational programming at the Forest Grove Farmers Market.
- Support the Nutrition & Market Access Coordinator in the development and implementation of the Produce Rx project, a food access project for low-income community members.
- Complete and submit all necessary Confluence/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
- Attend and complete all Confluence/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, training’s, team meetings and national service days.
- Wear Confluence uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events.
- Spanish language proficiency.
- Experience with diverse populations; particularly people of color, immigrants and people with limited resources
- Demonstrated experience in sustainable farming and/or gardening.
- Commitment to the mission of Adelante Mujeres.
- Highly motivated with a strong commitment to sustainability and to food justice.
- Possess excellent communication skills and be able to take on the supervised coordination of assigned projects.
- Able to take the lead on the development of individual learning goals, project goals, measurable outcomes, timelines and reporting.
- Ability and willingness to serve outdoors in inclement weather and lift up to 50 lbs.
- Flexibility with service schedule and willingness to adapt to a variety of physical settings.
- A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a diverse team.
- 18 years of age or older, at beginning of service term.
- U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
- Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving award.
- Ability to commit to the full term of service for which they are applying.
- Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through the State of Oregon Clearinghouse, FBI criminal identification systems, the member’s home state, and upon a satisfactory report from the National Sex Offender Registry.
- Regular and reliable attendance and dependability.
- AmeriCorps members can enroll in multiple terms of service that add up to the value of two full-time education awards. In other words, you can blend summer, part-time and full-time service positions and receive awards as long as the combined service terms don’t exceed two full terms. You can also serve additional terms and elect not to receive an award. Please seehttp://edaward.org/guidebook/multiple-terms for full information.
- Personal vehicle for service activities (mileage reimbursement for offsite travel is provided).
- Experience working with and motivating Latino families.
- Experience in volunteer coordination, community garden coordination, community-based education and/or other food-related work.
Step 1 – Apply to the Project Sponsor: – Email the following items to – Karin Pfeiffer-Hoyt, Adelante Mujeres Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-992-2041. Please submit your application by July 1stto be considered for the position.
- cover letter
- contact information for three references
The Project Sponsor will conduct all initial interviews and recommend a candidate for this position.
Step 2 – Apply to Confluence: The application takes time to complete; we recommend you complete it before or right after Step 1. Application materials can be completed online at the AmeriCorps website and submitted to a Confluence position. A complete Member application includes the following:
- AmeriCorps Application
- Two Written References – These are included in the AmeriCorps online application.
- Online Certification Form – This document must be mailed to our office with an original date and signature (no fax). This form is included in the AmeriCorps online application or it can be found on the Confluence website.