AgCorps Farm and Agriculture Education Specialist
Department of Agriculture
About the organization
AgCorps is a state AmeriCorps program administered by the Montana Department of Agriculture. AgCorps aims to improve the capacity of partner organizations to meet their mission, grow collaborations, provide effective programming, and create resilient, healthy, safe, and engaged communities in Montana. This program is also designed to serve rural and underfunded school districts in Montana that require more accessibility to Ag literacy materials. The AgCorps program strives to deliver the best possible resources and values integrity, leadership, and trust in its members and host sites.
AmeriCorps Program Benefits:
• Members receive a living allowance of $21,000 to cover basic expenses while serving
• Upon successful completion of service, members receive a $7,895 education award
• While serving, members may qualify for student loan forbearance
• Healthcare/ childcare services are available while serving
• A $200/month housing stipend if eligible
Ag in the classroom program provides schools and communities with opportunities to learn about agriculture in a fun and effective way. It seeks to instill appreciation for local agriculture and food production. Some students today may not realize where their food, fiber products, and alternative energy originate. Ag in the Classroom is working to provide educational opportunities to discover agriculture's many benefits for today and tomorrow. Ag in the Classroom will provide materials for K-12 schools around the state. Materials will educate students on agriculture in Montana and the most effective way to understand/appreciate food production. Lessons highlight food procurement, education, and school garden creation. Some examples of Ag in the Classroom programs include Book Buddies, Beef Ed in Schools, and the Lunch & Learn program.
Farm to School will give school aged children firsthand experience on where their food comes from. In addition to knowing more about how food is grown and sourced, students will be able to take part in learning how to support local economies and contributing to, not only theirs, but surrounding communities that may also be affected by local agriculture. This program helps to connect local producers to schools in the community. The purpose of these two service projects relates to the overall community need of Agricultural Literacy throughout the counties in the state of Montana.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:
• Valid driver’s license
• Public speaking and basic writing skills
• Knowledge of design and editing software (i.e., Canva, Adobe, etc.)
• Ability to interact with community members of all demographics
• Understanding or willingness to learn how agriculture plays an important role in Montana
AmeriCorps Service minimum Requirements:
• Must be 18+ at the beginning of service (17+ requires parental consent)
• High school graduate, GED recipient, working towards obtaining a high school diploma/ GED
• Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien
• Satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria
Contact email: [email protected]
Two references will be required during the interview process
Equal Opportunity Employment
The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps’ Equal Opportunity Employment policy:
The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.
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