KCCG Is Hiring!

Schoolyard Gardens Assistant

Kansas City Community Gardens, a non-profit 501(3)(c) organization, has an opening for a full time Schoolyard Gardens Assistant. KCCG assists low-income persons and community organizations in the metropolitan area to produce food from garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, and at community sites. The Schoolyard Gardens program partners with over 200 area schools to develop and utilize vegetable gardens on school grounds.

Position Description:

The Schoolyard Gardens Assistant will work with the Schoolyard Gardens team to assist Kansas City area metro schools with developing, coordinating, planting, maintaining and harvesting food-producing gardens located on school grounds. The objective of the program is to increase students’ knowledge of gardening, nutrition and healthy eating habits. This position will work with a number of our 200 enrolled schools, creating and continuing a partnership with the schools’ garden coordinators.

Responsibilities:

1. Maintain and assist existing school gardens:

a. Develop and maintain a working relationship with school staff at existing school gardens
b. Re-enroll schools annually for program participation
c. Assess the state of existing school gardens and work with school staff to identify needs and priority goals through annual garden reviews
d. Work with school staff to develop garden preparation plans and garden planting plans
e. Coordinate gardening resource delivery for school gardens
f. Assist school staff and students with garden planting
g. Conduct follow-up and site visits on a regular basis to facilitate a successful garden

2. Develop new school gardens:

a. Identify schools and conduct outreach to school staff
b. Recruit and sign up schools for program participation
c. Evaluate the school sites and assist school staff in garden site selection
d. Work with school staff to prepare a garden development plan that will outline the needed actions to prepare the site for gardening
e. Assist the school staff with the execution of the garden development plan
f. Work with the school staff to develop a garden planting plan
g. Coordinate gardening resource delivery for school gardens
h. Assist school staff with garden planting
i. Conduct follow-up and site visits on a regular basis to facilitate a successful garden

3. Teach gardening skills to students and school garden coordinators:

a. Lead schools in KCCG’s 9 week garden series, Grow in the Garden, to increase students’ and garden coordinators’ knowledge and understanding of the growing process
b. Assist Schoolyard Gardens team in leading presentations, trainings and workshops specific to schoolyard gardening
c. Assist Schoolyard Gardens team in creating classroom activities and lessons which will create a better understanding of the garden for students

4. Obtain and distribute materials based on individual school identified goals:

a. Support schools interested in Curriculum Integration by providing access to resources
b. Support schools interested in School Meal Integration through planting the garden to accommodate cafeteria need and navigating cafeteria policy
c. Support schools interested in Community Engagement organize to recruit families and community members to join garden efforts

5. Collect data and maintain program records:

a. Keep complete records on schoolyard gardens
b. Collect program data as required by grant

6. Assist with Schoolyard Gardens Blog and Website Resources
a. Write blogs pertaining to Schoolyard Gardens and organize Schoolyard Gardens team members’ blogs to be posted on a regular basis
b. Ensure accurate and current information is uploaded onto the Schoolyard Gardens page of the KCCG website

7. Perform other duties as assigned

Areas of needed skills & knowledge:

• Vegetable Gardening/Horticulture
• Community organizing/community development
• Communications: public speaking, presentations, written communication
• General office/computer skills
• Record keeping and organizational skills
• Educational skills with children and adults especially those in the urban core
• Ability to assist with garden constructions including, lifting, moving soil and light construction
• Reliable transportation

Qualifications/Experience

• College degree in relevant field (horticulture, education, nutrition, community development social work etc.)
• Vegetable gardening experience
• Educational experience (teaching/training at some level)
• Experience working with low-income persons
• Experience working with volunteers
• Community organizing/community development experience

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to maryanna [at] kccg.org

Schoolyard Gardens Assistant (AmeriCorps)

Kansas City Community Gardens, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has an opening for a Schoolyard Gardens Assistant (AmeriCorps). KCCG assists low-income persons and community organizations in the metropolitan area to produce food from garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, and at community sites. The Schoolyard Gardens program partners with over 200 area schools to develop and coordinate vegetable gardens on school grounds.

Position Description:

The Schoolyard Gardens Assistant will assist the Schoolyard Gardens staff to work with metro area schools in developing, coordinating, planting, maintaining and harvesting food-producing gardens located on school grounds with the purpose of increasing students’ knowledge of gardening, nutrition and healthy eating habits. Early exposure to healthy eating promotes a healthier childhood and future lifestyle.

Responsibilities:

1. Maintain and assist new and existing Schoolyard Gardens:
a. Assist Schoolyard Gardens staff with site planning and development for new school gardens. Including assistance with raised bed garden construction
b. Assist with garden resource delivery for school gardens
c. Work with Schoolyard Gardens staff to ensure that school gardens are planted in a correct and timely manner, are well maintained, and are harvested as needed
d. Conduct site visits and provide technical assistance to ensure schools have the support needed for a successful garden

2. Obtain and distribute educational materials:
a. Teach garden and nutrition-based curriculum and lead age-appropriate garden activities in the garden and during classroom learning time
b. Provide educational tools and workshops for school staff and students working in the garden
c. Develop and facilitate indoor classroom activities to enhance student knowledge and understanding of the garden

3. Research best practices for integrating garden produce into cafeterias and classrooms:

a. Work with Schoolyard Gardens staff to meet with area school districts about the utilization of garden produce for students’ snacks and meals
b. Develop resources to help school staff best utilize their school’s garden produce
c. Create and update KCCG website resources as needed

4. Collect data and help maintain program records:
a. Assist in tracking seed and plant orders
b. Collect program data as required
c. Assist Schoolyard Gardens Team in preparation of program reports

5. Perform other duties as assigned.

Areas of needed skills, knowledge and interest:

• Vegetable Gardening
• Community organizing/community development
• Communications: public speaking, presentations, written communication
• General office/computer skills
• Record keeping and organizational skills
• Interest in working with children and community members, especially those living in the urban core

Qualifications/Experience

• Educational experience (teaching/training at some level)
• Experience working with low-income persons
• Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and ability to provide proof of vehicle insurance

This is an AmeriCorps position provided in conjunction with Missouri River Communities Network. Therefore, the following stipulations apply.
• If offered this position, applicant must complete an online eGrants "My AmeriCorps" application before July 15, 2017.
• Applicant must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma (or 17 and working on a GED). There is no upper age limit.
• Applicant must complete 1,750 hours of service, which is approximately 32 hours a week, including some evening and Saturday hours, for 12 months. Position starts August 1, 2017 and ends July 31, 2018. AmeriCorps members are allowed (with permission) to hold another job.
• Applicant must be able to attend five days of training in Columbia, Missouri on Monday, August 1, 2017 through Friday, August 4, 2017.
• Applicant must pass the FBI criminal Background Check and the National Sexual Offender Registry.

In return, AmeriCorps will provide:
• A "living allowance" of $12,530 for the year, paid in monthly increments (taxable income)
• An "education award" of $5,730 upon successfully completing the required hours
• ACA Health Care during the one year of service
• Eligibility for subsidized child care
• Eligibility for US Government Student Loan Forbearance

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to maryanna [at] kccg.org

Youth Gardens Assistant (AmeriCorps)

Kansas City Community Gardens, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, has an opening for a Youth Gardens Assistant (AmeriCorps). KCCG assists low-income persons and community organizations in the metropolitan area to produce food from garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, and at community sites.

Job description:

The Youth Gardens Assistant will work with two KCCG programs:
• Youth Gardens are a part of KCCG’s Community Partner Gardens program which assists community organizations to grow their own food at their on-site gardens. Youth Gardens are located at community centers, after school care sites and at non-profits with youth programs. The Youth Garden Assistant will work alongside the Youth Gardens Coordinator to help groups ensure successful gardens.
• The Beanstalk Garden is a field trip destination for school children, homeschool groups and families around the metro area. Visitors to the Beanstalk learn about how plants grow, are able to harvest and eat whatever produce is in season and have the opportunity to explore a variety of different curiosity plants throughout the garden. The Youth Gardens Assistant will work alongside the Garden Assistant and the Beanstalk Education Coordinator to maintain the Beanstalk Garden and provide visiting groups an educational and fun experience.

Responsibilities:

• General garden maintenance as required by season at Youth Gardens and at the Beanstalk Garden. This includes garden construction assistance, bed preparation, planting, weeding, mulching, watering, pruning and general garden cleanup.
• Give tours of the Beanstalk Garden to groups of children, teaching them about the plants, how they grow, providing samples for tasting, answering questions and providing general gardening education.
• Assist with special events.
• Research, develop and teach garden and nutrition-based curriculum at Youth Garden sites and to Beanstalk Garden visitors.
• Misc. jobs as required

Qualifications:

• An interest in working with children, especially urban core children.
• A basic knowledge of gardening and the willingness to learn.
• The ability to work in hot weather and do moderate lifting.

Qualifications/Experience

• Educational experience (teaching/training at some level)
• Experience working with low-income persons
• Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and ability to provide proof of vehicle insurance

This is an AmeriCorps position provided in conjunction with Missouri River Communities Network. Therefore, the following stipulations apply.
• If offered this position, applicant must complete an online eGrants "My AmeriCorps" application before July 15, 2017.
• Applicant must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma (or 17 and working on a GED). There is no upper age limit.
• Applicant must complete 1,750 hours of service, which is approximately 32 hours a week, including some evening and Saturday hours, for 12 months. Position starts August 1, 2017 and ends July 31, 2018. AmeriCorps members are allowed (with permission) to hold another job.
• Applicant must be able to attend five days of training in Columbia, Missouri on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 through Friday, August 4, 2017.
• Applicant must pass the FBI criminal Background Check and the National Sexual Offender Registry.

In return, AmeriCorps will provide:
• A "living allowance" of $12,530 for the year, paid in monthly increments (taxable income)
• An "education award" of $5,730 upon successfully completing the required hours
• ACA Health Care during the one year of service
• Eligibility for subsidized child care
• Eligibility for US Government Student Loan Forbearance

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to:
Lois Hutchins, Beanstalk Garden Coordinator
lois [at] kccg.org