The Chicago-based organization Gardeneers, founded in 2014 by two Teach for America alumni and based on the city’s West Side, “cultivates customized school garden programs to ensure that each space and the students and communities who care for it connect with healthy food and grow to their full potential” (according to their website and Facebook page). They are currently seeking applicants, ideally recent college graduates, for eight new Americorps-funded positions to work on school gardens with Chicago youth on the West and South Sides.
Details below; application deadline is 10 Jan 2018.
More details on the Americorps positions are available here on the Gardeneers website, and in the text below from a broadcast email received by the editor.
We are searching for individuals with a passion for gardening and environmental work, and who are dedicated to serving Chicago’s youth. While previous experience is encouraged, Gardeneers will train Americorps candidates to gain the necessary gardening and educating skills. The ideal candidate is committed to 10 months of service, is open minded, punctual and resilient.
During the service year, candidate will be placed in a handful of schools, primarily in Chicago’s South and West Sides, where they will serve alongside an experienced Gardeneers’ Garden Educator. The role will be to assist in providing hands-on garden education for students, turning the garden into a lively classroom, while providing students with access and knowledge to living a healthy lifestyle. In addition, they will be vital in maintaining the gardens so that our gardens exude beauty in the neighborhoods we serve. Lastly, they will aide in our community volunteer days, student-run community farm stands, and monthly events!
Each Americorps Member will receive a monthly living stipend, health benefits, the option of student loan deferment, and an education award of $5,815 to pursue higher education (upon completion of 1700 hours of service).
We are looking for candidates who can commit from February 1 to November 30, 2018. This service requirement is full-time and will requires availability on some weekends.
INTERESTED IN APPLYING? We have 8 positions available. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Alex Rosen, Program Director, at Alex@gardeneers.org with the header “Americorps Applicant.” Application deadline for 2018 Americorps Service is January 10 – applicants accepted on a rolling basis.