Hub Farm Program AmeriCorps Assistant
This position is with Durham Public Schools Hub Farm, located in Durham, NC. The Hub Farm's mission is to engage the DPS community in meaningful outdoor experiences.
The 2022-2023 AmeriCorps positions will have a start date (for new full-time 11 month members) of September 1st 2022 and an end date of July 31st 2023.
**Please make sure you upload all of the required documents - Resume, Cover Letter, State or Federal ID, College Transcripts, Birth Certificate (if US Passport not uploaded).** If required documents are not uploaded at time of application, any offer for employment will be withheld until they are provided. All AmeriCorps Members must submit to having a National Sex Offender, State of Residence (if state is different than NC), State of NC, and Federal FBI Background check conducted. Any applicant denying to submit to these checks will be automatically disqualified as per federal regulations.
For the 2022-2023 service year, Resilience Corps NC offers a living stipend of $19,859 for 11 months, health insurance reimbursement for premiums, childcare assistance, and professional development opportunities (individual trainings, enrollment in NC Environmental Education Certificate Program, and conferences in conjunction with the NC Commission on Volunteerism). Members are also eligible to sign up for SNAP benefits. Participants who complete the program will receive a Segal Education Award of $6,495 from the National Service Trust.
CTNC is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual preference or familial status.
CTNC seeks to engage applicants from underrepresented communities, particularly of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Multi-Racial, and Native American background, in conservation careers. Connecting more diverse applicants to an employment pathway has led to greater equity, diversity and inclusion of all people in conservation.
Purpose of the Position
The purpose of the position is to build our capacity for outreach and programming so that more students are served through the DPS Hub Farm, especially elementary school students. The member will assist in the day-to-day operations and education programs. Building upon the foundation built by our previous members, they will continue to develop field trip programming for DPS students. The member will also increase our social media outreach efforts to gain more followers and interested stakeholders for the Hub Farm. Lastly, the member will maintain careful documentation of our student visitors and volunteers so we can keep track of our impact. The service member will also have the opportunity to complete a farm or programming project of their choice.
Position Responsibilities and Duties
- Assist with educational programming for K-12 students, either following a previously written lesson plan, or creating new lesson plans.
- Facilitate groups of students and volunteers ranging from 5-30 people.
- Help organize and coordinate volunteer workdays, community workshops, professional development opportunities for formal and non-formal educators; community/family events, summer programs that provide outdoor learning opportunities for students of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Assist in creating, documenting, and collecting Hub Farm curriculum.
- Assist in maintaining the Hub Farm’s web presence, social media, and other outreach activities, including producing a quarterly email newsletter to Hub Farm stakeholders.
- Create promotional materials as necessary for Hub Farm events.
- Work directly with students, volunteers, teachers, and Hub Farm staff in the operational needs of the Hub Farm to include: gardening, landscaping, and weeding; growing sustainable vegetables, fruits, herbs and cut flowers; keeping livestock.
- Ability to both be a hands-on team player and work independently
- Ability to facilitate experiences for individuals and groups (5-30) of staff, volunteers, interns, and students.
- Interest in education, outdoor environments, community engagement, and/or food/agriculture that serves a diverse community
- Willingness to try new things, learn new skills and concepts, and follow directions
- Well organized, strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills with respect to the diverse population we serve, computer skills, attention to detail
- Preferred: Background and/or familiarity in environmental, experiential, outdoor, or group education
- Preferred: Audio/visual and social media literate. The member should have basic computer skills and be able to learn marketing and outreach skills necessary for program marketing
- Preferred: Familiar with gardening, farming, and sustainable agriculture
Essential Functions / Physical Demands
- The member will regularly participate in physical outdoor activities including gardening, animal care, trail maintenance, and some construction. Some heavy lifting (up to 50lbs) may be required and the ability to use basic hand tools and some equipment will be needed. Be able to bend, crouch, squat.
- Comfortable working outdoors year round in all weather conditions, on uneven ground.
- Ability to follow common safety and health standards when working with fresh produce and students
Preferred availability is Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, with occasional evening and weekend hours.
However, this position is considering both part time and full time availability. Member must be available one Saturday a month for workdays (usually the 1st Saturday) and normal work hours during the week. Schedule will vary based on season, field trips, and volunteer workday dates and times. This position is considering part time and full time availability depending on the members preference.
- If part time, a flexible schedule would be worked out at the beginning of each month in order to help cover field trips and events. This would be M-F 9am-1pm, with some room to switch shifts for after-hours events or workshops.
- If full time, a general schedule of M-F 8am-4pm with some flexibility built in to cover after-hours events or workshops.
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a bridge builder, a force multiplier, a way to connect individuals and organizations to support their communities in tackling challenges. AmeriCorps programs across the country address a variety of community needs like education, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, disaster response, and veteran & military family services.
What does Resilience Corps NC do?
CTNC’s AmeriCorps program, Resilience Corps NC, seeks to address our state’s changing climate by expanding access to environmental education, increasing eco-literacy, promoting disaster resiliency, and utilizing communities to identify and address climate-related issues.
Who should apply for a position with Resilience Corps NC?
Our program is a great opportunity for:
-Recent graduates looking to build experience and a strong professional network
-Established professionals seeking a career change
-Passionate conservationists wanting to give back to their community
What benefits do Resilience Corps members receive?
-Living stipend, paid twice monthly
-Education award (upon completion of service)
-Healthcare premium reimbursement