AmeriCorps Service Opportunities

OPEN POSITIONS: 2 AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator Positions

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 15, 2018

Create meaningful and purposeful volunteer experiences within Farmshed and help further develop our volunteer program. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working with a local food/sustainability focused non-profit. Members will assist with planning and coordinating Farmshed’s programs and events including the Local Food Fair, Growing Collective, Farmer Tribute Dinner, Frozen Assets CSA and more! Please see below for details, applications are due July 15th.

Current member Jackie Mather shares: “Because of my experience with AmeriCorps at Farmshed, I am ready to follow my career path with confidence while continuing to serve my community. I am grateful for the lessons the experience has taught me, the skills I have gained, and I’m confident that my service has strengthened our organization, brought improvements and new ideas to the local food community.”

About Marshfield Clinic Health System AmeriCorps Volunteer Wisconsin:
AmeriCorps, often referred to as a domestic Peace Corps, places individuals within communities to spend a year of their life serving others. Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach is a national service grantee that places individuals with host sites across Wisconsin. This program places individuals with nonprofit organizations to build and strengthen volunteer programs.  Individuals will receive focused training in volunteer management then assist with such tasks as: recruiting, training and supervising volunteers; creating volunteer handbooks, application forms, and brochures; writing position descriptions; updating website content and coordinating social media; and other non-volunteer tasks specific to the mission of the nonprofit.

During a typical day of service at Central Rivers Farmshed the member may:

  • Create meaningful and purposeful volunteer experiences within Farmshed
  • Uphold the volunteer coordination processes including recruitment, training, supervision, tracking, maintaining, evaluating, and recognizing volunteers
  • Maintain or create resources that make it easier for volunteers to get involved, such as hour tracking, position descriptions, program manuals, tasks in project management software, etc
  • Plan and host quarterly volunteer orientations
  • Participate in volunteer committees for events and programs (Local Food Fair, Growing Collective, Farmer Tribute Dinner, Frozen Assets CSA and more)
  • Lead volunteers and interns, working closely with individuals or community groups (typical parters include UW-Stevens Point student organizations, Boys and Girls Club, etc.)
  • Document volunteer participation through photos, stories, and a volunteer newsletter
  • Assist with outreach and communications about Farmshed’s work
  • Provide support to program staff on special projects and initiatives as needed

Qualifications and Necessary Skills:

  • Compassion for and while serving people of all demographics
  • Ability to take direction and work independently to complete a project
  • Reliable, hard worker who is committed to making a difference in our community
  • Must have an understanding and appreciation for community food systems
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate and network with community entities
  • Be a competent user of Google Drive and social media outlets 

Period of Service:
Monday, September 11, 2018 – August 31, 2019. (End date is negotiable)

Benefits:

  • $528.15 (gross before taxes) bi-weekly payroll for term of service
  • Health & Dental Insurance – option to enroll with premium paid in full for member only
  • Childcare assistance (if qualified)
  • $5,920 education award upon successful completion of the term of service
  • Forbearance on qualified student loans and interest accrual payments while serving. (taxable)
  • Service gear
  • Work Experience and the development of highly sought job skills (initiative, interpersonal and intercultural communication, adaptability, collaboration and accountability) 

Required Orientation & Training (expenses covered):

  • September 11 – 14, 2018
  • January 2-4, 2019

What it means to serve in AmeriCorps:
Applicants must be willing to serve for the duration of the term of service (1700 hours minimum), averaging approximately 35-40 hours a week.  Members must also be able to handle the financial commitment made by accepting the position. Applicants must be 19 years of age by September 11, 2018, possess a high school diploma or GED/HSED, and agree to and pass a criminal and Department of Motor Vehicles background checks.

How to apply:
MCHS AmeriCorps Volunteer Wisconsin Member Applications 2018-2019 are due to Farmshed by July 15, 2018. Use the link above to access the application. Please email your application to our Executive Director, Layne Cozzoliono at layne@farmshed.org or mail paper application to Farmshed 1220 Briggs Court Stevens Point, WI 54481.  Contact info@farmshed.org with questions.

WHY SUPPORT FARMSHED

We Believe: 1) Food should be grown in a sustainable manner 2) People should know how to buy, grow, harvest, preserve, and prepare local foods 3) The public should know local farmers 4) Farmers should know who eats their food

BECOME A MEMBER

Your membership supports our programming as well as our production greenhouse and community kitchen
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