AgCorps St. Peter's Harvest of the Month Specialist
St. Peter's Health
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.
St. Peter’s Health, based in Helena, is a nonprofit healthcare system providing services to an estimated 97,000 residents from a five-county area. Our mission is to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of the people and communities we serve.
Education and access to healthy foods are critical to good health. The Montana Harvest of the Month (HOM) Program showcases Montana grown foods in Montana communities to promote these two concepts among others. Free resources for early childhood, healthcare centers, businesses, and K-12 are provided by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and Montana State University (MSU). St. Peter’s Health has invested in connecting groups in our community to opportunities for nutrition education and access to local, healthy foods through the Montana Harvest of the Month program. We participate in many activities including coordinating lessons for early childhood and elementary classrooms, lead educational booths at the local farmers markets, share food and recipes featuring locally grown foods available at Helena Food Share.
The Zero to Five HOM service member will focus specifically on establishing sustainable HOM programming in Early Childhood classrooms across our service area. St. Peter’s Health uses HOM as an upstream approach to healthcare. Increasing access to healthy, nutritious foods now will help reduce the chance of chronic disease later in life. The service member will initially work with Head Start (school readiness for low-income families) and Pete’s Place (St. Peter’s Health employee daycare) classrooms to expand opportunities for nutrition and agriculture education.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:
• Ability to drive and Valid Driver’s License
• public speaking and communication
• direct education experience is a plus
• Understanding or willingness to learn about gardening 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
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