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Farm and Forest Community Coordinator - VHCB AmeriCorps (Montpelier Parks & Trees Department)

Organization Montpelier Parks & Trees Department
Location 39 Main Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Help Montpelier become a more accessible, vibrant place to live with better access to healthy food and outdoor recreation! Spend a year leading volunteer groups to build trails, grow food for our local Senior Activity Center, and maintain our forested parks. You’ll learn about trail building, farming, forestry, and how we build community through service and volunteerism. No experience required in any of the above fields, only a willingness to learn and collaborate with others.

This position is part of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps (VHCB AmeriCorps). The VHCB AmeriCorps program supports the innovative dual-goal approach to creating stable affordable housing opportunities for Vermont residents while preserving the natural and working landscape.  VHCB AmeriCorps is a national service program that places members with non-profit housing or land and energy conservation organizations around the state.

This position at Montpelier's Parks & Trees Department is geared toward leveraging volunteer hours to further our mission and complete a number of key projects in Montpelier. With staff supervision, focus will be on the following three areas:

   - Community Farm: This year we’ll partnering with the Recreation Department and Senior Activity Center to launch a pilot project to grow food for the Senior Center’s “FEAST” program that provides healthy meals to seniors. This “Community Farm” will not only provide healthy food, but also be a place to educate the community about sustainable agriculture, and expose young people to working the land. Members should expect to lead a variety of volunteer groups, day camps, and other groups on the farm to grow food, plant a riparian buffer, and educate the public about sustainable agriculture.

  - Trails & Conservation: Montpelier is undergoing a large expansion of our trail system with the goal of making our city into a destination for outdoor recreation. This year we will be building or upgrading a number of key trail sections to increase connectivity and provide a more multi-use experience. Members should expect to lead volunteer groups in trail building, trail upgrades, and removal of invasive species.

  - Urban Forest Management: Our department is tasked not only with maintaining our parks, but also our urban forest and riparian areas. In addition to the normal challenges of maintain these areas, we are now dealing with the added challenge of handling the presence of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer in our community. Members should expect to lead volunteer groups in planting riparian areas, urban tree planting projects to replace Ash trees, removal of invasive species, and to serve alongside staff to maintain our urban forest. 

Date Posted June 26th, 2020
Deadline Open until filled
# of Positions Available 1
Categories Land access / conservation, Food Access and Nutrition
Type Internship/Apprentice/Other
Compensation This position is Full Time: Requires 1,720 hours for an average of 40 hours per week for 48 weeks. Member will receive a living allowance of $20,400 (pre-tax), and an education award of $6,195 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service. Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training and networking opportunities.
How to Apply Full position description: To Apply: For questions about this position or to send additional materials: Alec Ellsworth 39 Main St., Montpelier, VT ~ (802) 585-7673 Additional information on AmeriCorps is available at

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