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AmeriCorps Farm to School Specialist

Position Overview 

Rooted is seeking candidates for AmeriCorps Farm to School Specialist positions with our Farm to School Program. Each position is a 12-month appointment with an average of approximately 20 hours/week for half-time or 40 hours/ week for full time. The position will begin on August 15, 2024 and end August 14, 2025. Members will be under contract with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s state-wide Farm to School AmeriCorps program and will be under direct supervision of Rooted staff to continue and expand upon existing farm to school programming in Madison Metropolitan School District. For more information about Rooted’s AmeriCorps program, please check out this podcast episode which features interviews with two of Rooted’s AmeriCorps Farm to School Specialists.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities 

As Farm to School Specialists, AmeriCorps Members will plan and teach garden-based lessons that focus on curricular and social and emotional wellness goals. Members will help teachers and school nutrition professionals develop and implement nutrition programs that will educate children about the benefits of making healthy eating choices.

Members will assist with creating and implementing healthy food curricula including school or community garden development, cooking in the classroom programs or field trips to farms, and work with schools to help implement wellness programs. Members will also serve as the main liaison between the schools and the community. They will educate food service directors about sourcing local, healthy foods for the school districts they serve and will create an action plan laying out the steps necessary to procure local food into their programs. They will also be responsible for recruiting and mobilizing volunteers to enhance and increase the capacity of the AC F2S program. This will include organizing a F2S Task Force within the school or community, recruiting farmers to present in the schools, organizing farm tours, and organizing snack preparation or food tastings.

Qualifications

Requirements:

  • Age Minimum: 18 years
  • Education Requirement: High School Graduate/GED
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills in a team setting
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Passion for inspiring healthful eating among youth and for promoting local, sustainable agriculture
  • Working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software and ability to efficiently navigate the internet
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to provide one’s own transportation for work purposes
  • Possession of a valid Driver’s License
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident alien
  • Must be able to completely pass a National Criminal History Check conducted by DPI Human Resources before serving vulnerable populations as outlined in 45 CFR §2510.20

Desired qualifications

  • Experience in education, nutrition, environmental science, or agriculture
  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting
  • Volunteer or paid experience with socially, economically and/or ethnically diverse populations
  • Experience working with food service in schools, restaurants, or other institutions
  • Experience working with farmers
  • Skillful in establishing and maintaining professional work relationships
  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteers

Compensation and & Benefits

Full-time members (1700 hours)

  • Living allowance $30,600
  • Education award $7,395 (upon successful completion)
  • Health insurance
  • Child care benefits (if income eligible)
  • Professional development opportunities and training
  • Student loan deferment

Half-time members (900 hours)

  • Living allowance $16,200
  • Education award $3,697.50 (upon successful completion)
  • Professional development opportunities and training
  • Student loan deferment

Application Procedure and Deadline

Please submit:
1) the 2024-2025 DPI AmeriCorps application form
2) a resume with three professional references (contact information is sufficient)
3) a letter of interest explaining why you feel farm to school programming is important for Wisconsin schools and how your past experiences prepare you for the position.

Submit the AmeriCorps application online. Send resume, references, and letter of interest to Erica Krug ([email protected]) and Brontë Adamson ([email protected]) by email with the subject line: Rooted AmeriCorps Application. Positions are open until filled; please submit materials as soon as possible.

Download the full position description here.

This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or religion.

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