The Food Security Coordinator position is a full-time, AmeriCorps service position. The position involves both production and programmatic responsibilities associated with the Health Care Share, Youth Crews and volunteers working on the project. The Health Care Share exists in multiple communities throughout Vermont. While all project sites follow a similar pattern, each requires specific service responsibilities of its A*C Coordinator. These responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
During these months, the member will focus on farm project planning, food and finance curriculum development and pilot delivery, and prepare for Crew Leader trainings. The Member will also assist with the farm food production process and off campus farm partnership responsibilities. Spring duties include: crop planning, greenhouse production, field preparation and early plantings for spring harvest and marketing. Other duties include: farm partnership development and maintenance, site evaluation and planning, emergency response planning, volunteer scheduling, food rescue (gleaning) schedule planning and deployment.
Summer Field Season
The A*C Member will coordinate project details and logistics, and work with field staff to provide a productive, safe working environment for youth crews to grow and deliver Health Care Shares to partnering medical centers. The member will also lead volunteer groups, deliver Food & Finance curriculum to Youth Crews, and maintain production and programmatic records.
The A*C Member will coordinate the remaining weeks of the Health Care Share, including arranging and leading projects for volunteers and after school youth crews. Priority will be given to the harvest, wash, pack and storage of produce.
Other ongoing tasks include: HCS tool and supply inventory, reordering and organization, crop production record keeping, project and program reporting. Travel to and from project sites is common. On-call duties can result in evening and weekend attention. Due to the dynamic nature of the VYCC, all staff may be asked to take on additional responsibilities as they develop.
- Assist with development of HCS vegetable production plan
- Crop plan
- Greenhouse plan
- Field plan
- Greenhouse production coordination and oversight vegetable and flower transplant production
- Field preparation
- Vegetable production and food rescue for the Health Care Share and other distribution
- Livestock stewardship
- Assist with inventory systems and timely restocking of vegetable production supplies and equipment
Administrative and Outreach
- Assist in orientation and training of seasonal Field Staff
- Enroll member-families in the HCS with medical center clinicians
- Write weekly newsletters to include recipes, nutrition information, and cooking and storage tips
- Work with other Farm staff to market the program and projects to a variety of audiences
- Develop educational program components (i.e. design and deliver nutrition education)
Youth Crew Support and Coordination
- Train and advise incoming Field Staff on Health Care Share projects
- Provide technical support for crews and projects
- Provide support to Crew Leaders regarding project details and logistics
- Assess and report worksite safety
- Design, coordinate and deliver education to crews as needed
$12,600 AmeriCorps Living Allowance paid biweekly
Eligible for Segal Education Award upon completion of service (1700 hour, Full Time award: $5,815.00)
Third party payments commensurate with experience and performance, and negotiated individually
Farm Team benefits can include: seasonal, on-campus housing; farm food allotment
Organizational dedication to on-going professional development (monthly farm visits, NOFA workshops and training, etc.)