The Garden Programming and Partnerships Coordinator (Coordinator) participates in a yearlong term of service (1,700 hours) providing capacity-building services in support of Plant the Seed’s mission to inspire and empower young people through garden-based learning — connecting them to their food, the earth, their education, and one another.
PtS serves more than 1,300 young people weekly in school and community settings through partnerships with seven public schools and five public libraries. PtS believes that everyone has a right to fresh, affordable, culturally relevant foods and that young people are capable of effecting meaningful change in their diet, lives, and communities. PtS sees sowing, preparing, and sharing food as a powerful tool for a lasting education, cross-cultural conversations, and growing together in community.
The Coordinator supports garden programming and partnership development, delivers garden lessons and workshops, develops facilitator training resources, maintains garden sites, engages families and volunteers, develops program content for communications such as newsletters and social media, and supports program evaluation.
Training for any technical skills required to perform successfully in this position will be provided, including training for facilitating garden lessons and workshops, maintaining garden spaces and reporting requirements. Service activities take place both indoors and outdoors, and some evenings and weekends are required.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Serves in a close team environment, feeling comfortable to contribute to the culture of PtS from a unique point of view by sharing ideas in a constructive way.
• Responds with flexibility and patience to the needs of team and program partners.
• Communicates effectively with stakeholders.
• Attends staff, board, and committee meetings, as well as organizational events, fundraisers, community fairs and partner events.
• Assists with garden curriculum and partner training development.
• Facilitates garden programming and maintains garden spaces to ensure an effective learning environment.
• Participates in Bringing the Garden Home events.
• Submits data tracking and narrative reports and support program evaluation.
• Helps write grants for volunteer and educational activities, data systems, and community outreach (up to 10% of service hours).
• Assists with site orientation and engagement.
Preferred Knowledge and Skills
• Community Organizing
• Conflict Resolution
• Public Speaking
• Youth Development
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and/or Google-based office apps
• Attention to detail
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to operate independently and within a team environment
• Commitment to fulfill a one-year term of service (August 2019-August 2020)
• Bachelor’s Degree
• U.S. Citizenship
• Valid driver’s license and reliable access to transportation
(Members will be reimbursed for service-related mileage.)
• National Service Criminal History Check clearance
• Living allowance of $17,000, paid bi-weekly throughout the term of service
• Education award of $6,095, applicable to student loans and/or future education expenses at accredited institution, upon fulfillment of service obligations
• Healthcare coverage, if elected
• Child care benefits, if eligible
• Professional development training
• Members serve an average of 35-40 hours per week
• Service activities will take place indoors and outdoors
About the Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program
Hands On Nashville's AmeriCorps Program engages civic-minded individuals in yearlong terms of public service. HON AmeriCorps members are part of a 17-person cohort that receives skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities through a partnership between HON and participating AmeriCorps Program agencies.
The HON AmeriCorps Program is made possible through generous support from Volunteer Tennessee and the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund.
Hands On Nashville does not discriminate based on age, skin color, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, or other factors which deny the essential humanity of all people.