EarthCorps (EC) is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization with a mission of developing leaders to strengthen community and restore the health of our environment. EC’s Corps Program is an intensive year-long training program that unites young adults (ages 18-25) from across the United States to learn skills in community building, habitat restoration, and leadership. EC program participants are part of a group of emerging environmental leaders committed to teamwork, service, and personal growth. As an organization, EarthCorps is historically white led and is currently working toward racial equity in our systems and structures.
The Farm Specialist is an AmeriCorps position with EarthCorps, based at YES Farm.
This position offers a mix of office work, hands-on farm work, outreach, and farm volunteer event leadership. Office tasks include using online tools to attract and track community volunteers, designing outreach materials and implementing outreach plans, and targeted recruitment for community volunteer events. Field work includes onsite leadership of volunteers of all ages, invasive plant removal, native plant installation, urban farm development, maintaining tools and equipment, and completing additional non-volunteer field projects with other crew members on an occasional basis.
This position is supervised by EarthCorps, but works closely with the BFC Managing Director and Yes Farm Manager, who will be the lead on training and day to day tasks. The position is offered through AmeriCorps. As such, all applicants must meet the requirements to become an AmeriCorps member and abide by AmeriCorps policies.
Duties & Responsibilities
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Time in this position will be split approximately 90% Yes Farm work and volunteer management and 10% training and education.
Yes Farm Project Support:
· Lead high quality, safe, and educational volunteer events to complete projects on the farm. Projects may include invasive weed removal; soil remediation; and building farm and garden infrastructure.
· Work with the BFC managing Director to implement targeted outreach to deepen engagement with and increase participation of Seattle’s Black community.
· Develop and maintain relationships with volunteers and groups interested in volunteering at Yes Farm.
· Represent Yes Farm at various tabling events and similar outreach opportunities.
· Support and attend regular BFC leadership meetings.
· Prepare oral and written reports, including photos of volunteer events, work project summaries, equipment use and maintenance logs, and incident reports.
Other Outreach & Communication Support:
· Strive for professional, clear, timely, and open communication amongst EarthCorps and BFC partners.
· Work with the EarthCorps Outreach Manager to maintain consistent external messaging about the organization, volunteer program, and crew program.
Corps Member Terms of Service
TERMS OF SERVICE:
· STATUS: Temporary, exempt
· PERIOD OF SERVICE: October 11th, 2021 to December 17th, 2021
· TYPICAL HOURS OF SERVICE: 8a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues-Saturday, alternating Tuesdays off (1/2 hour lunch does not count towards AmeriCorps hours), some evenings and weekends are required.
- RATE OF PAY: $2123/mo
- Criminal history checks conducted to fulfill AmeriCorps requirements.
- AmeriCorps education award of $1,311.11 position upon successful completion of a minimum of 300 hours and all EarthCorps program activities.
- Education & Training
- Medical Insurance
- Subsidized ORCA Pass for bus transportation.
- Boots, pants, t-shirt, rain gear, and safety equipment provided.
Habitat restoration and urban farm maintenance is physically demanding service. Each year new members consistently underestimate the physical and mental requirements. The Outreach Specialist must both have the capacity to perform restoration tasks in challenging physical situations and ability to motivate others. Service regularly involves:
· Long days of repetitively shoveling, digging, and swinging heavy tools.
· Heavy lifting up to 50 lbs. and bending.
· Working in the outdoors in all weather conditions, including heat/cold/rain.
· Walking on steep or uneven terrain up to 8 mi. (13 km) while carrying 40 lbs. (18 kg) of weight.
· Capacity to take initiative, stay motivated in an office setting, and work independently.
· Experience engaging with different groups and communities in an outdoor setting, particularly African American communities.
· Capacity to delegate, manage time, multitask, stay organized, and be responsive.
· Commitment and ability to serve for the full AmeriCorps term
· Interest in food justice and environmental justice issues.
· Experience leading others in outdoor activities.
· Experience in community outreach or organizing.
· Effective cross-cultural communication including sensitivity to and awareness of cultural differences and a commitment to working in an inclusive environment.
· Experience leading and facilitating in a team setting.
· Proficient writer, editor, and communicator.
· Ability to bring positivity, humor, and optimism to challenging situations.
· Ability to be flexible and navigate ambiguity
· Ability to commit to self-care in a highly social office and program environment.
· Experience in a customer service setting.
· Valid driver’s license and comfort driving 12 passenger vans and large trucks.
Corps Members will be expected to follow additional procedures relating to public health and the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19, while in the field and out. This includes the wearing of face coverings and necessary distancing between crew members in the field, among other crew protocol.How to Apply:
Please submit your completed application as soon as you are able. New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.
We encourage applicants from all racial, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities to apply, especially those from historically marginalized communities.
Click the ’Apply Now
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