DeltaCorps Position: “Child Nutrition & Garden Educator “


Do you know someone who is looking to become a DeltaCorps Member? Below is an opportunity to share:

Service Position Summary:
The Child Nutrition and Garden Educator will serve within our child hunger programming in schools and partner agencies in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard Parishes to deliver nutrition and gardening education. They will also improve and maintain our Aquaponics garden system, and develop and deliver related nutrition and gardening education programming. Ideal candidates will have a passion for social justice and be able to provide a peer-led, engaging environment. Orleans Parish faces staggering levels of food insecurity and poverty. Second Harvest is attempting to end hunger by targeting its root causes – income, education, wellness, and access to healthy foods. The school pantry program currently improves access to food for students and their families, and the DeltaCorps member will serve to increase access to healthier, local produce through both our aquaponics garden and relationships with local growers, to develop and implement nutrition and gardening education programming within identified school pantry programs, and to increase access to wrap-around social services within identified school pantry programs.

Essential Functions of Position:

· Using Community Based Participatory methods, assess interest and needs for gardening and nutrition education, as well as resources and services, with at least 4 participating school pantries. The service member will be given training and resources as needed to achieve this duty.

· Conduct outreach to local growers to inform them of school pantry produce program and assess interest in a partnership.

· Develop and implement gardening curriculum in Second Harvest’s aquaponics garden and at identified school pantries.

· Implement nutrition education curriculum at identified School Pantries and Kids Café sites.

· Coordinating wrap-around social service providers to attend school pantry times and locations.

· Attend to Second Harvest’s aquaponics garden by improving systems and maintaining production of fresh produce on site to be used in child meal programs and at school pantries.

· Use program development and evaluation methods (training provided).

· Attend weekly 1:1 meetings with Assistant Program Manager to report on progress and discuss service activities.

· Communicate regularly and promptly with the Assistant Program Manager.

· None of the above duties involve supplementing, duplicating, or displacing staff or volunteers per 45 CFR §2540.100 (e) – (f).

· The service member will be serving youth and kids in schools. DeltaCorps has determined that the probability of access to vulnerable populations is so great that all members will receive the three part NSCHC: NSOPR, FBI, and required state components (residence and state of service, as necessary).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

· Strong interpersonal and communication skills and an interest in working with diverse populations.
· The ability to serve independently in a dynamic environment
· Attention to detail and the capacity to produce accurate work is essential.
· Excellent written and oral communication skills
· Intermediate-level knowledge of MS Office applications with the ability to generate outreach materials such as business letters, flyers, pamphlets, etc.
· Exceptional telephone and email etiquette, appointment setting, and follow-up skills.
· Willingness to work nontraditional, flexible work hours.
· Ability to handle travel within targeted parishes; must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and current auto insurance.
· Commitment to company mission and values.

· Agrees to provide information to establish eligibility and to complete a National Criminal History Check.

· Knowledge of hunger and poverty issues.
· The member agrees to provide information to establish eligibility and to complete a National Criminal History Check as outlined in 45 CFR §2522.202.

Academic and Experience Qualifications:
High school graduate, GED or will complete GED by end of service.
Experience in gardening and interest in nutrition education required. Experience working in a community setting, preferably in one or more of the following areas: social justice, public health, advocacy, or community organizing. Ideal candidates will be representative of the community they will be serving.

Commitment Required:
The member’s term of service will begin January 3, 2017 and end December 31, 2017. The member will be required to complete 1700 service hours during this 1 year term of service.
Member Evaluation:
The member will report to the Assistant Program Manager on weekly progress using evaluation and performance measures to be outlined in an action plan and communicated in the first week of service. The final performance measures are outlined as goals in the Service Position Summary; in addition, the member will be evaluated ongoing with metrics based on outputs needed to achieve activities outlined in the action plan. The member will also receive ongoing feedback on less measurable requirements, which will be reflected in a quarterly performance review. The member will be required to evaluate and report on programmatic objectives, activities, and outputs, as well as data collected from assessments, in monthly reports and in a final report. Second Harvest requires the member to complete bi-weekly timesheets.

Second Harvest requires all new staff and service members to complete an Employee Onboarding (meeting with all department managers), to review policies and procedures with HR, and to complete ServSafe training, which is conducted on site during service hours.
In addition, the service member will train on Community Bases Participatory Research (CBPR) and evaluation methods and data analysis, and will cross-train on internal reporting systems, as well as various special programs as needed.
Service member will train with existing staff on aquaponics delivery system and nutrition education, as needed.
Training hours meet the requirements of 45 CFR §2520.50.

AmeriCorps Program Benefits:
· DeltaCorps service members receive a $12,530 living allowance for their 1 year, 1700 hour term of service, to be paid in bi-weekly installments of $482. Upon completion of the service term, the service member will receive an educational award of $4,775. The service member will also receive the following benefits: health insurance, workers compensation, student load deferment, SNAP and childcare assistance if eligible, mileage reimbursement for offsite events and meetings, and uniform.

How to Apply
Email resume and cover letter to
Type “Child Nutrition & Garden Educator ” as the only content in the subject line of your email.

Jasmine Meyer, MPH, NDTR
Assistant Program Manager
504.729.2840 Direct / 504.418.7186 Cell


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