October 12, 2020
Groundwork has an immediate opening in its widely respected FoodCorps service program. FoodCorps service members are part of an exciting and innovative national organization,
and they serve locally under the guidance of Groundwork's experienced food policy staff. See extended job description below. The job is also posted on our website.
Apply by October 16, 2020.
Groundwork FoodCorps service members serve schools in Alanson, Boyne Falls, East Jordan and Pellston and work out of our Petoskey office. Service member(s) will collaborate
with schools, food service staff, farmers and students to help …
1. Learn why healthy food matters
2. Grow, cook and try new things
3. Eat healthy food every day
4. Build a foundation for a bright future
To be considered for a FoodCorps service member position, you must:
• Be 18 years or older by the start of your service term
• Be a legal, permanent resident of the United States
• Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
• Serve 1,700 hours from start date thru 11.5 months
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. We do that by placing motivated leaders in limited-resource communities
for a year of public service. Serving under the direction of local partner organizations, our service members focus on three areas of service:
· Hands-on learning: students grow, cook, and taste new foods, which builds their skills and changes food preferences
· Healthy school meals: the cafeteria experience steers students towards the healthiest options and gets them excited to try new healthy foods
· Schoolwide culture of health: as a whole, the school community and environment – from hallways to classrooms to cafeteria to grounds – celebrates healthy food.
We measure our success in terms of changes in children, schools, and systems.
Who Is Groundwork Center and What is a Host Site?
The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities (formerly known as the Michigan Land Use Institute) works to protect the environment, strengthen the economy, and build community. We raise
awareness and support for cleaner energy, more local food, and expanded transportation choices. Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities' Food & Farming program was launched in 2002 to grow jobs, save farmland, and build healthier communities through a
strong local food economy. While Groundwork is based in Traverse City, in 2017 we opened a satellite office in Petoskey in order to better serve the residents of the northern portion of our 10-county primary service area. Our service member(s) will work out
of the Petoskey office with the Groundwork’s farm to school program, helping schools serve locally grown foods by connecting them to farms and related resources. Our service member(s) will also meet and collaborate with many other community organizations with
which the Groundwork Center collaborates and will travel to schools in up to two rural school systems in two counties that share a diverse agricultural region.
- Passion for building a healthier future for schoolchildren
- Commitment to working hard in order to make a difference
- Demonstrated leadership ability
- Motivation to serve full-time in a limited resource community
- Perseverance in the face of challenges and creativity in finding solutions
- Respect for diversity of opinion, experience, and background
- Experience working in or studying food systems, agriculture, public health, education, community organizing, or public service
- Experience working or volunteering in education, youth development, or other teaching settings
- Knowledge of the culture, history, and/or language of the communities we serve
- Desire to gain hands-on experience for your career
- Demonstrated ability or dedication to performing the activities listed below
Groundwork Center Qualifications
- Must have the ability to jump into a fast-paced school environment.
- Must be able to relate well to youth, teachers, administrators, parents, other youth facilitators, and community partners.
- Must be willing to attend wellness committee meetings, family nights, and other activities within the community.
- Possess some knowledge of and experience with the food system and/or agriculture.
- Must have excellent organizational and communication skills.
- Must be reliable, accountable, and a team player.
- Must have access to reliable transportation.
- Passionate about strategic systems change, and interested in all of Groundwork’s programs.
- Must have gardening experience.
- Knowledge of indigenous history and culture is a bonus.
What You’ll Do
Service members work with schools, service site organizations and local communities to build healthy school food environments. They do this in a variety of ways:
- Service members focus on teaching children in grades K-5 about food and nutrition in the classroom by developing and teaching lesson plans, integrating activities into subjects such as math, science and history, working with teachers and school
administrators to increase food and nutrition education in curricula, and more.
- Service members grow healthy food with students, teachers, and community members in school and community gardens, dynamic educational settings where kids can get their hands dirty and experience what they’re learning first-hand. While some service
members expand/maintain already-existing school gardens, greenhouses, and hoop houses, others work to establish new gardens. Service members develop garden sustainability plans and recruit community volunteers to ensure that the projects they start last into
- Service members impact what's for lunch by sourcing food from local farms for cafeterias, promoting local foods through cafeteria taste tests, working with school food directors and staff to integrate healthier foods into breakfast, lunch and snack
programs, and more.
- Service members help build schoolwide cultures of health by working closely with teachers and school administrators, recruiting and training volunteers, organizing committees and running meetings, talking to press and public officials.
- Service members spend time learning and participating in trainings, raising money to help support the local projects, and helping FoodCorps and schools assess the impact they are having.
What You’ll Gain
· $19,250 living stipend paid out in biweekly increments over your 11.5-month term
· $6,345 AmeriCorps Segal education award upon successful completion of your term of service, which can be used for additional schooling or to pay off student loans
· Student loan deferral or forbearance upon approval from your lender
· Health insurance if you aren't already covered
· If you have children, you might be eligible for childcare reimbursements
· Numerous training and professional development opportunities
· The experience of a lifetime!
For More Information
Contact FoodCorps Michigan Program Coordinator Quan Blunt: [log in to unmask].