Americorps VISTA

Job Opening: Americorps VISTA, Educational Programs Associate

Summary: The Transplanting Traditions Community Farm (TTCF) is seeking applications for one Americorps VISTA Member, focused on developing culturally relevant educational tools and increasing community education and outreach initiatives. This full-time position will be managed by TTCF in our Chapel Hill office and farm site, four miles west of Carrboro.

 

Responsibilities

VISTA member will support youth and adult programming and assist staff to develop improved systems and best practices for organization’s education programs and communications support.

  • Assess teaching tools focused on leadership, farm businesses development and agricultural knowledge, with emphasis on culturally appropriate tools.
  • Develop/adapt orientation tools for TTCF staff, volunteers and participants
  • With staff, develop farm Food Safety Plan to increase marketing opportunities for farmers
  • Outreach to peer organizations to share TTCF curriculum
  • Support transition of educational materials into streamlined format
  • Utilize social media to uplift TTCF programs and activities
  • Participate in check-ins with supervisor to review benchmarks, barriers, opportunities for professional development; participate in staff meetings
  • Participate in VISTA trainings and capacity building opportunities through TTCF/ RC network
  • Submit timesheets, expense reports and required documentation

 

Qualifications

  • Passion for TTCF’s mission
  • Commitment to justice and equity
  • Strong technological skills including web and social media skills needed to maintain and update an online presence and share educational resources with community partners and enjoy administrative work.
  • Ability to work independently, but call upon expertise of team when needed
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Flexibility, with ability to adapt to new situations and learn new skills with humbleness and humor
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to meet deadlines, multi-task and prioritize
  • Experience and comfort working with people across cultures and from diverse racial, socioeconomic, educational, cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous gardening and/or farming experience and knowledge
  • Ties to local refugee community
  • Personal drive to improve our food system

 

Program Benefits

Living allowance $472.22 bi-weekly, health care benefit and childcare benefit, if eligible.

Upon completion of a full year of service, member will also receive education award or cash award through AmeriCorps. TTCF provides a travel reimbursement and a weekly box of fresh farm grown vegetables throughout the duration of the growing season. Details about benefits provided through Americorps can be found HERE

 

Apply

Americorps online application can be found HERE and will be available 05/01/2018 to 06/15/2018. Position begins 08/10/2018

Please direct questions to [email protected]

 

TTCF is an equal opportunity employer. TTCF encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities and LGBTQ people. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the community we serve.

 

About Transplanting Traditions Community Farm

Transplanting Traditions Community Farm is a non-profit educational farm that seeks to address the challenges of food insecurity, healthy food access and economic well-being/ inequity in the refugee and immigrant community. Transplanting Traditions believes that increasing the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs is key to creating a more environmentally sustainable and socially responsible food system. Currently 30 refugee families farm at the eight-acre site, and 100% of these refugee farmers, who farmed in their native Burma, grow a mixture of native N.C. crops and over 40 crops native to Burma.  To support refugee farmers and their families, Transplanting Traditions provides:  access to land; vegetable market outlets; year-round agricultural and business education; cultural community space for refugees from Burma to come together, strengthen community and preserve agricultural and cultural traditions while simultaneously transitioning to new lives in NC; teen programming that focuses on job building, communication and leadership development; and young children’s programming focused on outdoor education, nutrition and physical activity.

 

About host site Conservation Fund: Resourceful Communities

The Conservation Fund: Resourceful Communities is the host site for six full-time, year-long VISTA members, orientation and training will occur through host site. Resourceful Communities creates opportunities that preserve the rural landscape, lift people out of poverty and celebrate our partner communities’ unique cultures.  Working with a network of 500 grassroots and community organizations, we take a balanced ‘triple bottom-line’ approach that generates economic, environmental and social justice benefits.