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Community Garden Placement - Hunger Task Force

Actively Recruiting

Openings

1 currently recruiting

Service Dates

September 6, 2022 - August 18, 2023

Application Window

July 1, 2022 - August 15, 2022

Location

  • La Crosse, WI

Contact Information

Holly Pierro
holly.pierro@wiscorps.org

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Position Details

Individual Placement

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Description

Position Service Site: Kane Street Garden in La Crosse, WI
Service Time: September 6, 2022 – August 18, 2023 (1,700 Hour AmeriCorps Term) (50 weeks)
9/6/22 to 11/19/22 - 40 Hours per week
11/20/22 to 2/11/23 –20 hours per week
2/12/23 to 8/18/23 – 40 hours per week
Benefits: Living stipend total for whole term = $23,000 ($460 per week), Education Award = $6,495.00 upon successful completion of service.

OVERVIEW: The Hunger Task Force works to eliminate hunger by harvesting community resources and being the voice of the hungry. They are serving over 114 meal sites, food pantries, youth programs, and outreach sites in La Crosse, Vernon, Trempealeau, and Monroe Counties in Wisconsin, Houston and Winona Counties in Minnesota, and Allamakee County in Iowa. In 2020, over 1,500,000 pounds of TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program), 250,311 pounds of Wis. Dairy Recovery foods, 1,500,000 pounds of Farmer to Family Boxes, and 2,300,000 pounds of “recovered” food was distributed to these partner programs.

SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Hunger Task Force’s Community Garden Placement will be responsible for providing opportunities through programming for community involvement in environmentally conscious food sourcing. They will spend a majority of their time maintaining the gardens and greenhouse, cultivating interest in area community gardens, giving input on the development of new garden construction, and assisting with volunteer mobilization and recruitment.


RESPONSIBILITIES:
Community Improvement
• Assist with development and maintenance of community gardens
• Research and implement a variety of urban gardening practices to educate students and community members about sustainable and reliable food sources
• Assist with design aspects of new community gardens
Programming
• Design and implement new programs for different age groups pertaining to urban renewal and community improvement projects while informing about environmentally conscious practices focusing on community gardening
• Assist with planning, scheduling, teaching and general supervision of programs and events for youth and community members
• Complete program and event evaluations
• Keep detailed records of program types and attendance numbers for grant purposes
• Use general budgetary and financial policies and procedure to assess feasibility of programs and events

Program Marketing
• Assist in designing and creating publicity for programs and events
• Assist in distribution of publicity for upcoming events, programs, and volunteer opportunities
• Assist with website and social media to promote programs and events
Volunteer Recruitment and Management
• Assist with recruitment, training, and evaluation of nonpaid, non-AmeriCorps volunteers who assist with programs or who assist with garden maintenance
• Assist with scheduling and supervision of volunteers
• Make sure appropriate records of volunteer hours are kept
Career Exploration/Conservation Skills
• Construction and maintenance of gardening trails for easy access for individuals of all abilities
• Non-native plant removal and disposal as well as re-vegetation of native plants
• Restoration and improvement of area ecosystems as related to assigned tasks

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Able to perform duties in inclement weather
• Maintains professional working relationships with peers, coworkers, vendors, and the public that are inclusive, collaborative, and respectful
• Ready to take initiative in doing assigned work without prompting and seeks out other tasks that help the team accomplish their collective goals
• Works hard with a positive mental attitude, in all weather and terrain conditions


Individual Placement AmeriCorps Members serve with WisCorps partner organizations focused on the areas of natural resource conservation and environmental education. Members promote community service and environmental awareness through direct training and service in the outdoors while participating in community engagement projects. Service Members serve at a single placement site, receive a biweekly stipend and AmeriCorps benefits that correlate to their term of service. Upon successful completion of their service hours, Individual Placements receive a Segal Education Award correlating to the number of service hours completed.

Position Service Site: Kane Street Garden in La Crosse, WI
Service Time: September 6, 2022 – August 18, 2023 (1,700 Hour AmeriCorps Term) (50 weeks)
9/6/22 to 11/19/22 - 40 Hours per week
11/20/22 to 2/11/23 –20 hours per week
2/12/23 to 8/18/23 – 40 hours per week
Benefits: Living stipend total for whole term = $23,000 ($460 per week), Education Award = $6,495.00 upon successful completion of service.

OVERVIEW: The Hunger Task Force works to eliminate hunger by harvesting community resources and being the voice of the hungry. They are serving over 114 meal sites, food pantries, youth programs, and outreach sites in La Crosse, Vernon, Trempealeau, and Monroe Counties in Wisconsin, Houston and Winona Counties in Minnesota, and Allamakee County in Iowa. In 2020, over 1,500,000 pounds of TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program), 250,311 pounds of Wis. Dairy Recovery foods, 1,500,000 pounds of Farmer to Family Boxes, and 2,300,000 pounds of “recovered” food was distributed to these partner programs.

SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Hunger Task Force’s Community Garden Placement will be responsible for providing opportunities through programming for community involvement in environmentally conscious food sourcing. They will spend a majority of their time maintaining the gardens and greenhouse, cultivating interest in area community gardens, giving input on the development of new garden construction, and assisting with volunteer mobilization and recruitment.


RESPONSIBILITIES:
Community Improvement
• Assist with development and maintenance of community gardens
• Research and implement a variety of urban gardening practices to educate students and community members about sustainable and reliable food sources
• Assist with design aspects of new community gardens
Programming
• Design and implement new programs for different age groups pertaining to urban renewal and community improvement projects while informing about environmentally conscious practices focusing on community gardening
• Assist with planning, scheduling, teaching and general supervision of programs and events for youth and community members
• Complete program and event evaluations
• Keep detailed records of program types and attendance numbers for grant purposes
• Use general budgetary and financial policies and procedure to assess feasibility of programs and events

Program Marketing
• Assist in designing and creating publicity for programs and events
• Assist in distribution of publicity for upcoming events, programs, and volunteer opportunities
• Assist with website and social media to promote programs and events
Volunteer Recruitment and Management
• Assist with recruitment, training, and evaluation of nonpaid, non-AmeriCorps volunteers who assist with programs or who assist with garden maintenance
• Assist with scheduling and supervision of volunteers
• Make sure appropriate records of volunteer hours are kept
Career Exploration/Conservation Skills
• Construction and maintenance of gardening trails for easy access for individuals of all abilities
• Non-native plant removal and disposal as well as re-vegetation of native plants
• Restoration and improvement of area ecosystems as related to assigned tasks

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Able to perform duties in inclement weather
• Maintains professional working relationships with peers, coworkers, vendors, and the public that are inclusive, collaborative, and respectful
• Ready to take initiative in doing assigned work without prompting and seeks out other tasks that help the team accomplish their collective goals
• Works hard with a positive mental attitude, in all weather and terrain conditions


Individual Placement AmeriCorps Members serve with WisCorps partner organizations focused on the areas of natural resource conservation and environmental education. Members promote community service and environmental awareness through direct training and service in the outdoors while participating in community engagement projects. Service Members serve at a single placement site, receive a biweekly stipend and AmeriCorps benefits that correlate to their term of service. Upon successful completion of their service hours, Individual Placements receive a Segal Education Award correlating to the number of service hours completed.

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Living Allowance

$1840 - $1840 monthly

Benefits

Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training

Additional Benefits

Living stipend total for whole term = $23,000 ($460 per week), Education Award = $6,495.00 upon successful completion of service.

Education Requirements

GED

Desired Certifications or Qualifications

• Able to perform duties in inclement weather
• Maintains professional working relationships with peers, coworkers, vendors, and the public that are inclusive, collaborative, and respectful
• Ready to take initiative in doing assigned work without prompting and seeks out other tasks that help the team accomplish their collective goals
• Works hard with a positive mental attitude, in all weather and terrain conditions

Desired Languages

English

Other Conditions

Car recommended
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Community & Nonprofit Development, Education & Youth, Environment

Weekly Hours

40

Service Type

Direct Service

Service Environment

Indoor and Outdoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Museum or Nature Center, Park, Recreation or Youth Center

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Holly Pierro
holly.pierro@wiscorps.org

Hosted By

Position Details

Individual Placement

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