Princeville Garden Outreach AmeriCorps Coordinator
This position is with the Town of Princeville in North Carolina. Princeville is the oldest town chartered by freed blacks in America. Historically, the Town of Princeville has been populated primarily by African Americans and struggled early on with social and economic difficulties relating to racism. Over time, the citizens of Princeville have developed a strong sense of pride in their history and in their community and the Town stands as a symbol of African American determination and endurance.
Purpose of the Position
The Princeville Garden Outreach AmeriCorps Coordinator will work alongside a diverse group of community partners, residents, and students, to strengthen and expand the community’s understanding of and access to locally-grown and sustainably sourced food options. The position works directly with the Town of Princeville leadership under the supervision of the Historical Outreach Coordinator and local homestead advocate to focus on developing best practices and programs that support the work of the Town of Princeville’s resilient recovery initiatives: sustainable gardening practices, youth leadership, and environmental stewardship, sustainable land use, and flood resilience. This opportunity provides a unique experience to learn how a group of community partners work together to address social determinants of health in a rural community with limited financial resources. The member will also gain insights into how nontraditional partners can engage in community-led conservation work and environmental outreach in a community setting.
Position Responsibilities and Duties
The Princeville Garden Outreach Coordinator will work with staff to build the farm’s fledgling educational programming, provide outreach opportunities to low-income residents, and recruit and manage volunteers for farm workdays.
- Plan and execute educational programs about environmental topics around sustainable agriculture, community gardens, and positive health outcomes
- Conduct outreach to engage nearby residents in the Town of Princeville’s recovery efforts and collaborative partnerships
- Assist with managing Princeville’s Pop-Up Farmer’s Market
- Conduct listening sessions during the first three months of service with residents and community partners to establish a baseline of community knowledge on gardens and inform a community-led engagement plan for long-term success
- Collect data on visitation and usage of the market and gardens, progress to meet grant deliverables, and other metrics deemed relevant
- Complete an assessment of various garden and small-scale agriculture land-use types that could meet Princeville’s needs while providing access to healthy food
This position will be based in Princeville/Edgecombe County.
Required knowledge, skills and experience:
- Cultural Empathy
- Community Engagement
- Creative Thinking
- Communication Skills
- Time Management/Organization
- Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
- Responsibility/Ability to work independently and in group settings
Preferred knowledge, skills and experience:
- Interest in education, outdoor environments, community engagement, and/or food/agriculture
- Ability to build consensus among diverse partners
- Familiarity with gardening, farming, and sustainable agriculture
- Experience working with children and adults in a professional or volunteer setting
Essential Functions / Physical Demands
The successful candidate must be comfortable working in outdoor settings, including high temperatures throughout the summer and performing basic gardening tasks such as digging in the soil, handling insects and plants, and harvesting and cleaning produce. Precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of the member and participants, including scheduling outdoor work times early in the day, rescheduling work days in extreme heat or other adverse weather conditions, and following sun safety protocols.
Other essential functions include:
- Ability to navigate a garden terrain and use hand tools
- Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
- Ability to be outside in all types of weather
- Ability to communicate with diverse groups orally and in writing
- Ability to present educational material to all ages
- Ability to work in an office environment
- This position is envisioned to be full-time (40 hours per week) for 11 months. A part-time schedule may be accommodated if requested by the final candidate.
- This position will primarily function during regular working hours. Some evening or weekend programs may occur, including but not limited to staffing the Heritage Park Farmer’s Market on the second and fourth Saturdays while in season.
This 2022-2023 AmeriCorps position 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.