AmeriCorps Food Educator

Common Threads Farm

About the organization

Common Threads connects kids to healthy food in the garden, in the kitchen, and at the table. We want kids to grow up making food choices that are good for their bodies, their communities, and the environment. Founded in 2007 and based in Bellingham, Washington, Common Threads is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes a “seed to table” approach to food production, good nutrition, and environmental stewardship. Historically, most of our programs have taken place on public school grounds, during the school day. Common Threads also runs after-school gardening and cooking programs at schools and affordable housing complexes, and spring/summer camps at an urban farm site. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our focus has shifted toward food production and distribution to hungry kids and families as well as fostering community connection with on-line educational content.

Duties

Each AmeriCorps Food Educator will serve as the lead educator at one or more of Common Threads’ partner school sites, leading school-based garden lessons during spring and fall and cooking lessons during winter.

Additionally, each service member may collaborate with the full team (staff and Food Educator teammates) to:

Lead or support after school gardening and/or cooking clubs (school-based and affordable housing complexes)
Lead camp-style programs during spring and summer breaks
Support emergency food production and distribution efforts
Recruit and manage volunteers to help maintain/improve school garden(s) and support lessons at assigned school(s)
Manage administrative tasks, including email communications, data collection, and project prep time
Develop and/or facilitate live or recorded virtual content related to gardening and cooking
Support school district food service programs, including but not limited to meal production, packing, distribution, and lunch support
Support other relevant food education and food resiliency opportunities as they arise
Develop and use an equity lens during all aspects of service
Specialized Roles: Though all of our AmeriCorps service members will be selected as Food Educators, you can additionally apply and be selected for the following specialized roles: Farm Team, Curriculum Team, Communications Team, and Volunteer Coordinator.

Qualifications

Minimum requirements:
● A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.
● At least 17 years of age by August 23, 2021
● Have obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent (or agrees to obtain a high school diploma or its
equivalent before using an Education Award)
● Satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria
● Passion for and understanding of Common Threads’ mission and programs
● Willing and able to serve in-person and remotely in Bellingham and Whatcom County
● Willing and able to travel to multiple service sites in Bellingham and Whatcom County (via personal
vehicle, Common Threads vehicle, bike, etc.)
● Willing to serve long hours outside in all weather
● Passionate, committed, creative, adaptable, detail-oriented, capable of working both independently and
as a team
● Ability to create own structure within the day and work independently, and be a proactive self-starter
on projects
● Basic computer skills

Salary

$17,000 before tax + $6,345 Education Award upon successful completion of service.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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