Community Engagement Specialist (AmeriCorps)

  • Part Time
  • Temporary
  • Decorah

Website Seed Savers Exchange

POSITION PURPOSE AND GOALS: The Iowa Community Corps AmeriCorps program helps build strong communities by responding to public health needs through food security and resource navigation efforts. Iowa Community Corps members support community-based organizations by improving the capacity, quality, and cultural competency of the services they provide. Iowa Community Corps members also build human infrastructure for organizations through volunteer and community engagement. Lastly, Iowa Community Corps members receive training and professional development to help build a strong workforce of Community Health Workers in Iowa.

Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) stewards America’s culturally diverse and endangered garden and food crop legacy for present and
future generations. SSE educates and connects people through collecting, regenerating, and sharing heirloom seeds, plants, and
stories. SSE seed varieties make up an irreplaceable genetic resource that helps guarantee the security of Iowa’s future food supply.

SSE is hosting an Iowa Community Corps AmeriCorps member to expand their seed donation program and increase community
educational opportunities.

SERVICE DATE: Must start on or before April 1, 2024
HOURS/WEEK: 21 hours per week
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2024
LOCATION:
Seed Savers Exchange
3094 North Winn Road
Decorah, Iowa 52101

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Iowa Community Corps – Related Service Activities:
-Attend program orientation and monthly training/check-ins with AmeriCorps Program Planner
-Complete the Community Health Worker Professional Training Program
-By the end of your term, create a sustainability plan that summarizes your capacity building activities and lays out a plan to
sustain them after your exit from the program.

Position/Site Specific Member Service Activities:
-Expand Herman’s Garden, a community seed donation program
-Establish a program for volunteers to glean the gardens annually, and take produce to the local food pantry
-Provide an educational element to SSE’s Tomato Tasting, a community-building event
-Create a weekend opportunity for tours at Seed Savers Exchange

LIVING ALLOWANCE & BENEFITS
Iowa Community Corps AmeriCorps members are expected to work 21 hours per week, for 36 weeks and will receive a living allowance
in the amount of $8,201. Upon successful completion of AmeriCorps service, AmeriCorps members will receive an education award of $2,626.27 which can be used towards tuition or to pay back qualified student loans.

AmeriCorps members are also eligible for student loan forbearance.
Depending on other household resources, AmeriCorps members may also be eligible to receive SNAP Benefits.

Desired Skills/Qualifications
-Comfortable engaging with the public
-Self-starter and problem solver
-Works well within a team dynamic
-General interest in the mission of Seed Savers Exchange
-Experience with educational programs and events preferred

APPLICATION PROCESS
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to jobs@seedsavers.org. Please include ‘AmeriCorps Heritage Farm Experience Position’ in the subject line of the email. Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this job please visit www.seedsavers.org.