Farm & Outreach Crew, AmeriCorps

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Reno, NV
United States

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Urban Roots is founded on the idea that food is a powerful tool for academic and sustainable agriculture instruction. In order to realize our mission of growing healthy minds, bodies, and communities, we provide school and farm-based opportunities for teachers, students, families, and future farmers. Urban Roots is a part of a larger movement in northern Nevada to make the place we live abundant with healthy food, rich soil, and deep relationships with each other and the land.

Member Position Summary

Urban Roots’ Farm to School program seeks to use gardens as outdoor classrooms to improve our communities’ interest in STEAM based-learning and healthy foods. The Farm & Outreach Crew AmeriCorps members assist the Farm Manager and Farm & Outreach AmeriCorps Crew Leader in overseeing programmatic and operational aspects of the campus. Additionally, the Farm and Outreach Crew Members will assist with volunteer drop-in days and larger volunteer service group visits. AmeriCorps members’ secondary duties will be to lead outreach events and workshops at Urban Roots. The ideal candidate will have a background in agriculture and some experience with informal education practices. The ideal candidate must be able to work well in a team and independently, must have excellent communication skills, and have a knack for working cross-departmentally with the Farm to School educators. Service primarily will take place at the Urban Teaching Farm and at Washoe County and rural northern Nevada schools and partner organizations.

Primary responsibilities

  • Working with Farm Manager & Farm & Outreach Leader to assist in daily farm and building maintenance and operational tasks as they are assigned;
  • Assist with the upkeep, planning, and care for the farm animals;
  • Participating and adhering to Food Safety and GAP standard operating procedures as appropriate;
  • Work with educators to receive input and plan as it relates to executing educational programming on the Farm;
  • Assist Farm Manager with leading volunteer groups in farm based activities, tours, and programming.

Secondary and Related responsibilities:

  • Provide garden assistance in schools and at the Urban Teaching Farm that builds an improved sense of academic engagement and preference for healthy fruits and vegetables.
    • Assist the Farm & Outreach Leader with installation and maintenance of school gardens to be used as outdoor classrooms;
    • Assist with designing/leading workshops to train volunteers to install/maintain school gardens;
    • Utilize and mentor interns & volunteers assisting with garden programs.
  • Assist with workshops to community members to improve food security and increased knowledge of sustainable agriculture practices in our region.
    • Assist with teaching workshops at Urban Roots or partner organizations in accordance with established curriculum and training;
    • Develop materials to improve workshops or provide new workshops with these topics as the focus;
    • Implement and maintain sustainable agriculture practices to use hands-on training techniques within workshop and maintaining teaching supplies and spaces;
  • Identify problems or areas for improvement, make suggestions and design solutions.
  • Maintain teaching supplies and teaching spaces;
  • Assist the Urban Roots’ team to complete projects on the farm to enhance the Farm to School program for participants and school partners;
  • Positive attitude and passion for the Urban Roots’ mission;
  • Provide a fun and safe learning environment for all participants;
  • Professionally represent and be a positive ambassador for Urban Roots & partners during 
community events;
  • Collect and report program statistics;
  • Participate in AmeriCorps team meetings.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Basic word processing and data management skills;
  • Ability to effectively lead workshops for both small and large groups of participants; children, adult, and mixed ages;
  • Ability to successfully use education standards such as Common Core standards for reading and math and Next Generation Science Standards for lesson plan development.

Required Academic and Experience Qualifications

  • Experience and/or strong interest in environmental education and sustainable agriculture;
  • Willingness to complete labor-intensive farm work;
  • Willingness to work closely with a small team;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Successful completion of a background check and CPR/First Aid Training;
  • Must be over 18 years of age;
  • Must be a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or equivalent, or agree to earn a high school diploma or equivalent before using an educational award.
  • All applicants must be available for the entirety of the service period and able to serve on a full-time basis;

Term of Service & Time Requirements: Six month full-time with start dates in January – March and ending in June – August, 2018. Tuesday – Saturday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm with some early mornings or evenings at the Urban Teaching Farm, Reno, Nevada and partner gardens in the Reno/Sparks area. Service is performed outdoors and in an office environment.

Service Environment/Inclusive Position Description Statement

Service takes place in the Urban Roots office, public school classrooms, schoolyards, and at the Urban Teaching Farm. Qualified applicants must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with community members from a diverse background in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. Applicants must be able to lift and carry 50lbs and lead activities with children and adults in all weather conditions.

Urban Roots does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual preference, medical condition or physical disability, military discharge, nor any other category or classification that is either prohibited by law or unrelated to the services to be performed or the services to be provided.

The functions of this position may be completed with or without reasonable accommodations. Urban Roots will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, as long as the accommodation does not impose an undue hardship on the organization. This policy governs all aspects of the organization, including selection, placement assignment, compensation, and access to benefits and training.

Additional Guidelines or Expectations

Additional requirements are to conform to the AmeriCorps dress code; participation National Service Days and other service projects; must disclose all criminal convictions during the application process; undergo a National Service Criminal History Check and for it not to report any statutory exclusionary offenses to AmeriCorps service; must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States; and must be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service.

Member Benefits

AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive a $6,000 living allowance depending upon the number of hours served; are eligible to receive a post-service education award upon successful completion of service; health care and child care are available for eligible members; and professional development opportunities are available. 

How to Apply:

Email a resume, cover letter, and two references to