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KCCG is hiring for three positions:

Americorps Schoolyard Gardens Assistant

AmericCorps Community Gardens Assistant

AmeriCorps Youth Gardens Assistant

See job descriptions below.

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

Community Gardens Assistant (Americorps)

Kansas City Community Gardens, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, has an opening for a Community Gardens Assistant (AmeriCorps). KCCG has assisted 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 for over 35 years. We provide low-cost garden supplies, education and technical assistance to more than 2,300 home gardeners, 200 schools, and 250 community groups. Our Giving Grove program helps over 100 community sites plant, maintain and harvest from orchards to address food insecurity in our community. KCCG is also home to the Beanstalk Children’s Garden, a unique field trip destination for kids of all ages to see, touch, smell and taste food right from the garden.

Job Description: Community Garden Assistant (AmeriCorps)

The Community Garden Assistant will work with all of our programs to help promote and expand gardening as a way to provide low-cost, healthy food for families and community members. The Garden Assistant will be involved in a wide range of activities, including the activities below:

• Assist in the front office as members come to purchase seeds, plants and other gardening resources.

• Assist with the Schoolyard Gardens program, visiting local schools to help with garden planning, raised bed construction, planting and maintaining the garden with students.

• Assist with the Community Partner Gardens program, conducting site visits, packing seed and plant orders, and helping organize community work days.

• Assist with the Giving Grove program, helping plant fruit trees and berry bushes and working to increase community engagement at each of the sites.

• Assist with greenhouse activities, including sowing seeds for transplants, thinning, watering and labeling.

• Assist with community outreach efforts, including garden skills workshops, presentations at community sites and the distribution of outreach materials.

• Assist with the Beanstalk Children’s Garden, including planting and maintaining the garden and guiding student tours.

Qualifications and Experience:
• Interest in helping low-income people benefit from production of food from gardens

• Interest in vegetable gardening

• Ability to organize and motivate people

• Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing

• Ability to work independently

• Educational experience (teaching/training at some level)

• 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:
MaryAnna Henggeler, Schoolyard Gardens Coordinator
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