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The Ingham County Health Department AmeriCorps State Program is looking to hire one individual as our Healthy Lifestyle Specialist with the South Side Community Coalition! Member will serve May 13, 2019 – August 30, 2019  and be a vital part of the food system scene in Greater Lansing.


Commonly known as the “Domestic Peace Corps,” AmeriCorps is a national service program that offers paid positions with significant professional development opportunities to individuals of all ages looking to make a difference in our community. They spend their days face-to-face with community members and volunteers. The Power of We Consortium focuses on two goals to Ingham County Residents:

1)            Increase consumption of healthy foods and reduce food insecurity with gardening, food distribution and referrals.

2)            Teach community members the importance of eating healthy food strategies to adopt better diets.      


Our Health Lifestyle Specialist will work with SSCC current after school and adult programming to bring nutritional and gardening education components to them! Our AmeriCorps member will do this by bringing kids into their hoop house and teaching them how to grow their own food, provide their food distributions with fresh locally grown produce, and help teach adults & youth how to eat healthier.


Preferred Skills:

The ability and willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Some evenings and weekends required.

Excellent communication skills, flexibility, well organized, with the ability to finish projects started.

Completely trustworthy with the ability to serve independently with adequate guidance.

Some experience in gardening, farming &/or landscaping and an enjoyment of physical labor. General or technical knowledge of gardening or hoop house management a plus

Computer proficiency, specifically Microsoft Office Suite.

Flexible nature and well organized/efficient with time and schedule.



Members will receive a living allowance of $3,200 distributed bi-weekly from May 13-August 30, 2019 and receive student loan forbearance for qualified loans. Upon successful completion of service an education award in the amount of $1,538.36 will be issued. Members will serve 25 hours/week. All interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume to Andrea Villanueva at [log in to unmask] no later than April 11th by 5pm! For more information visit our website by clicking HERE.


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