Position Openings

 

10 Paid AmeriCorps Position Available

The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps State Program is looking to hire 10 individuals to join the 2016 summer team! The PWC AmeriCorps State program focuses on increasing food security and healthy eating habits to low-opportunity neighborhoods to reduce chronic disease in Lansing residents. Members will serve April 25, 2016-September 2, 2016. All positions are half time positions.

The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps State program focuses on increasing food security and healthy eating habits to low-opportunity neighborhoods to reduce chronic disease in Lansing residents. The AmeriCorps program works closely with local non-profits, faith based and government organizations to place AmerCorps member who serve hands on with social justice issues,  food justice issues and community needs.

Benefits & more information:
– All positions are part-time, approximately 25 hours per week of service
– Living Allowance: $3,200
– Education Award upon service completion: $1,527.78
– Student loan forbearance on qualified student loans
– A professional development opportunity and a chance to be part of an amazing team doing extraordinary work in healthy food systems for Ingham County!

Below are a list of available positions and how to apply:

Adult Garden & Wellness Leader – Housed at Edgewood Village
Organization Information: Edgewood Village provides low income families and senior citizens to affordable housing while providing social, recreational, commercial and communal facilities to residents. Edgewood’s community gardens were created in 2010 to provide fresh, free produce to resident gardeners.
Member Responsibilities: Member will be tending to the garden and hoop house, developing and implementing gardening curriculums, nutrition education classes, exercise classes for adult residents to encourage physical fitness, and recruit as well as manage volunteers.

To view a complete position description, please click here.

Youth Garden Leader – Housed at Edgewood Village
Organization Information: Edgewood Village provides low income families and senior citizens to affordable housing while providing social, recreational, commercial and communal facilities to residents. Edgewood’s community gardens were created in 2010 to provide fresh, free produce to resident gardeners.
Member Responsibilities: Member will be overseeing and educating youth gardeners, develop projects for the Youth Garden Club, prep gardens for growing season including overseeing the planting and maintenance of the Youth Demonstration Garden.

To view a complete position description, please click here.

Garden Service Leader – Housed at Greater Lansing Food Bank; Garden Project
Organization Information: 
The Garden Project, a 30+ year program of the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB), provides access to land, how-to education, free seeds and plants, tool lending, a networking hub and more, so that all community members can have access to fresh, healthy food through gardening opportunities.
Member Responsibilities: The Garden Service Leader will expand and maintain community gardens, promote a more sustainable food system, and improve access to healthy foods.

To view a complete position description, please click here.

Immigrant and Refugee Liaison – Housed at Greater Lansing Food Bank; Garden Project
Organization Information: 
The Garden Project, a 30+ year program of the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB), provides access to land, how-to education, free seeds and plants, tool lending, a networking hub and more, so that all community members can have access to fresh, healthy food through gardening opportunities.
Member Responsibilities: The Immigrant and Refugee Liaison Assistant will serve at six refugee gardens fostering on-site leadership, organizing educational workshops, managing volunteers, and assist with translations of materials so all gardeners receive information in their native language

To view a complete position description, please click here.

Community Gardens Liaison – Housed at Ingham County Land Bank
Organization Information:
 The Ingham County Land Bank’s mission is to return tax reverted, purchased, donated, and unclaimed land to productive use more rapidly than may have been possible otherwise. To stabilize neighborhoods hard-hit by foreclosure, the Land Bank will buy, renovate, and resell multiple properties in a designated area which will allow the properties to become attractive purchases to those who want to become a homeowner. The Garden Program flips parcels of land that cannot be rebuilt into private and community gardens all around Lansing.
Member Responsibilities: The Community Gardens Liaison will support and expand the Garden Program’s community gardens in Lansing’s most at-risk neighborhoods. The member will directly serve the Lansing community by providing hands-on gardening assistance, outreach, and education while facilitating and empowering neighborhood residents in supporting and creating community-based gardening and beautification projects on the Land Bank’s vacant lots.

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Nutrition Education Coordinator – Housed at Lansing City Market
Organization Information: 
Lansing City Market provides the Greater Lansing region and out-of-town guest a year-round, one-of-a-kind shopping experience in a family friends environment. Currently the market features a wide variety of merchants offering kayak and canoe rentals, produce, grocery items, artisan cheese, organic meat, natural health care products, BBQ, and a restaurant.
Member Responsibilities: Member will be heavily involved in the development  and implementation of the health and nutritional programs including: create curriculum and implement nutrition workshops, promote workshops to low-opportunity residents, and volunteer management.

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Garden Educator – Housed at National Council on Alcoholism
Organization Information: 
The National Council on Alcoholism is a non-profit agency that has provided substance abuse treatment services to the greater Lansing area for over 50 years. We offer a full continuum of services including alcohol and other drug education, comprehensive assessments, individual and group therapy, and long-term residential housing.
Member Responsibilities: Managing an edible garden for the council’s treatment facilities, developing and implementing garden education curriculums including facilitating lessons on topics regarding gardening and health, as well as supervising and supporting clients learning hands-on horticultural techniques.

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School Gardening Educator – Housed at NorthWest Initiative
Organization Information: 
NorthWest Initiative (NWI) was established in 2000 as a nonprofit neighborhood organization working to improve the overall health of the community and quality of life for low to moderate income residents in northwest Lansing.   We have a well-established school based garden nutrition education program in four schools; coordinate four school gardens; coordinate three community gardens; hold weekly food distributions; hold monthly cooking classes, host the seasonal Westside Summer Celebration/Westside Farmers Market events, and provide a summer lunch program for food insecure families.  These program have emerged from NWI’s neighborhood forums which were designed to address emerging issues (i.e. food security and food access continues to remain a top priority area) and to utilize resident driven strategies for community improvement.
Member Responsibilities: Member will be developing, implementing, and maintaining garden crop plants, school gardens and hoop-houses, volunteer management and recruitment, providing garden based nutrition education opportunities and programming including assisting in coordinating garden based special events.

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Youth Gardening Liaison – Housed at South Side Community Coalition
Organization Information: 
The South Side Community Coalition provides low income youth, families and senior citizens to educational programming, youth development services and community development opportunities.
Member Responsibilities: Member will spend significant time creating programming and managing the growing production of the hoop house that will be added to the existing 4-H garden. Member will focus on youth programming that will utilize 4-H youth development and service learning models. Activities will focus on gardening, gardening education, nutrition education and exercise promotion.

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Healthy Eating Advocate – Housed at The Village Summit
Organization Information: 
The Village Summit is a “micro community center” created in 2008 servicing the Fabulous Acres neighborhood. The Village Summit promotes community cohesiveness through volunteerism and personal services. Our goal is to improve the quality of life through education, social conciseness, and access to information/resources. The Village Summit provides numerous youth programming/services year round, with an increase in frequency of service in the summer months.
Member Responsibilities: Member will manage, support, and recruit volunteers to assist in the following programming: Summer Lunch Program, community and youth gardens, nutrition education and access to healthy affordable foods.

To view a complete position description, please click here.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume to be considered for the position. All applications must be sent to the Program Director, Andrea Villanueva at avillanueva@ingham.org by February 26th, 2016 by 5pm. 

 

Two Full Year Part-Time Position Available:

The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps State Program is looking to hire 2 individuals to join the 2015-16 full year team! The PWC AmeriCorps State program focuses on increasing food security and healthy eating habits to low-opportunity neighborhoods to reduce chronic disease in Lansing residents. Member will serve one calendar year from February 2016 – February 2017.

Community Garden Educator – Housed at NorthWest Initiative
Part-time, 900 hours served between February 2016 – February 2017(~20 hours/week). $6,400 living allowance distributed bi-weekly. Member will receive loan forbearance for qualified student loans and receive and education award in the amount of $2,882 upon successful completion of the program.
Member Responsibilities: Member will work with NWI’s school and community gardens to provide technical assistance, support and education opportunities to residents so they can increase their food security. Member will also participate in the planning of educational workshops for the Westside Summer Celebration/Westside Farmer’s Market during the summer and fall.

To view the complete position description, please click here.

Food Access Coordinator- Housed South Lansing Community Development Association
Full-time, 1700 hours served between February 2016 – February 2017(~33 hours/week). $12,530 living allowance distributed bi-weekly. Member will receive loan forbearance for qualified student loans, receive and education award in the amount of $2,882 upon successful completion of the program and is eligible for health coverage.
Member Responsibilities: Member will support and sustain a community based food system in South Lansing through gardening, nutrition education and volunteer management. Member will be responsible for creating and implementing nutrition workshops, volunteer recruitment/management, and food production in SLCDA’s hoop house and community gardens.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume to be considered for the position. All applications must be sent to the Program Director, Andrea Villanueva at avillanueva@ingham.org immediately! Position will remain posted until filled. 

Mission

Our mission is to improve the quality of life and self-sufficiency of all residents of Ingham County.

Our vision is a healthy community through collaboration.

Contact

For more information about the Power of We Consortium, call Karika A. Phillips at (517) 887-4691.

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