Now Accepting 2017-2018 Service Member Applications
Now Accepting 2017-2018 Arkansas GardenCorps Service Member Applications
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2017-2018 Service Term Dates: September 5, 2017 – August 26, 2018
Arkansas GardenCorps is an AmeriCorps program hosted by the Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program at the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas. The mission of Arkansas GardenCorps is to promote the use of school and community gardens to provide nutrition education with the purpose of reducing childhood obesity and to increase environmental awareness and sustainable agriculture practices in Arkansas communities. Members assist Service Sites across the state of Arkansas with the following objectives:
Interested in joining Arkansas GardenCorps as a 2017-2018 Service Member? Scroll down to find general position description and application details.
Service Member Application Information
Interested in becoming a 2017-2018 Arkansas GardenCorps Service Member?
Arkansas GardenCorps is now accepting service member applications. Applications will be reviewed and applicants will have a pre-screening interview as they are received. Official service site selection will take place in June. Once service sites are selected, member applications will be released to appropriate sites. Service sites will be responsible for service member interviews and selections. Important general information about serving with Arkansas GardenCorps is provided under the Join tab above.
Click here to apply to be a 2017-2018 Service Member: https://base.uams.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=X9AF3YJRTY
Service member positions will begin September 5, 2017 and end August 26, 2018. The list of 2017-2018 Service Sites will not be finalized until June 2017. However, we encourage you to go ahead and submit an application and include your regional preference, school and/or community garden preference, and service site preference if you know of one that will be or has submitted an application. Please also indicate in your application whether you are interested in a part-time or full-time position.
A member’s acceptance into the Arkansas GardenCorps AmeriCorps program is dependent on the results of his or her sex offender, criminal history, FBI checks, drug screen and nicotine screen (ACH is a nicotine-free campus beginning May 1, 2015). Members must be must be 18 years old or older in order to apply and must be a high school graduate in order to use their education award.
Full-time (1700 hour) Arkansas GardenCorps AmeriCorps members receive:
- A living allowance of $13,500 per year with a start date of September 5, 2017. Stipend amounts after September 5, 2017 are prorated based on the member's actual start date and the end date of August 26, 2018.
- An Education Award in the amount of $5,815 if Service Member successfully completes 1700 hours of service.
- Childcare and healthcare benefits, if needed.
- Student loan forbearance, with loan holder approval.
Part-time (900 hour) Arkansas GardenCorps AmeriCorps Service Members receive:
- A Living Allowance of $6,750 per year with a start date of September 5, 2017. Stipend amounts after September 5, 2017 are prorated based on the member's actual start date and the end date of August 26, 2018.
- An education award in the amount of $2,907.50 if Service Member successfully completes 900 hours of service.
In general, essential functions of the position include:
- Garden duties:
- Seeding, planting, overseeing, harvesting produce
- Weeding, watering, thinning crops, bed amending and maintenance, fertilizing and pesticide control
- Construction of garden infrastructure (such as raised beds and irrigation)
- Maintaining tidiness of common areas
- Building, maintenance and utilization of rainwater harvest systems, vermicompost bins, and 3-bin compost systems
- Processing and transporting crops to consumer (produce stand, restaurant, food rescue, etc.)
- Operating heavy equipment (tiller, tractor, trench digger)
- Educational duties:
- Providing garden-based education and nutrition education to youth and adults through structured lessons and/or workshops and training
- Coordinating and assisting with delivery of at least one 6-lesson Cooking Matters for Kids and/or Teens course
- Incorporating educational components into social events at garden, such as volunteer workdays
- Managing gardens’ resources, such as tools and equipment
- Sustainability duties:
- Organizing community outreach events
- Coordinating/logging volunteers and their hours and scheduling work days
- Publicizing gardens’ volunteer needs and events through traditional and social media
- Very small amount of donation procurement, fundraising, and/or grant writing to assist with procurement of materials and funds directly benefiting the garden and its programming
- Access duties:
- Distribution of produce to local food banks
- Sharing of produce with local community members
- Assisting with establishment of home gardens, or inviting community members into the garden to pick their own produce
- Other duties:
- Attend orientation during the week of September 5th, 2017 in Little Rock
- Attend bimonthly Arkansas GardenCorps trainings in Little Rock
- Complete monthly progress reports and submit to ARGC
- Log time in online database on a weekly basis
- Participate in regular email and phone communication with ARGC staff
- Participate in all duties as described in the Service Site’s Service Member Position Description
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Preferred:
- Knowledge of gardening (knowledge of sustainable gardening is preferred)
- Effective communication, leadership and community organizational skills
- Teaching/training/public speaking experience preferred but not required
Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Demands:
- Willingness to serve in outdoor environments, in all weather conditions
- Ability to lift at least 25 lbs and perform garden related physical activities
- Ability to work independently and make informed decisions
- Ability to work cooperatively and compassionately with a diverse community
Timeline: See above for a general timeline of application and enrollment events.
Commitment Required: The minimum length of service is 1700 hours for full-time Members or 900 hours for part-time Members over the course of the 1-year service term, beginning September 5, 2017 and ending August 26, 2018.
What is Arkansas GardenCorps?
Arkansas GardenCorps is an AmeriCorps program hosted by the Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas. The mission of Arkansas GardenCorps is to promote the use of school and community gardens to provide nutrition education with the purpose of reducing childhood obesity and to increase environmental awareness and sustainable agriculture practices in Arkansas communities. Members assist Service Sites across the state of Arkansas with the following objectives:
- Development and maintenance of school and community gardens
- Garden-based nutrition education for youth and adults
- Recruitment of volunteers to support sustainability of gardens
- Increase access to fresh produce grown in gardens
ACHRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program