AmeriCorps Member Positions

AC-and-Employers-for-NSChange communities and lives by becoming a Civic Works AmeriCorps member.

What is an AmeriCorps member?

Civic Works’ AmeriCorps members make a commitment to serve Baltimore’s communities for several months to a year. In return, they receive a stipend, training, and an education award that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans.

Our AmeriCorps members tutor students, grow food, create community gardens, repair homes, provide energy education, and more. They represent a diverse range of ages and backgrounds.

Who is eligible to join AmeriCorps?

In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be:

  • At least 17 years old;
  • A U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident alien; and
  • Able to pass a drug test and sex offender registry check

Open Positions

Community Lot Team Member - 900 Hour

Estimated Start and End Dates

March 2018 through September 2018

Position Summary:

Community Lot Team Members will transform vacant lots in locations throughout Baltimore City into communal green spaces and public gardens. Team members will learn how to properly use hand tools, power tools, and heavy equipment involved in landscaping. These individuals will engage and serve with community members and help lead volunteer groups to conceptualize, create, and maintain green spaces that meet the need expressed by the community. Team members will also participate in environmental education lessons and professional development activities.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service.

The Community Lot Team transforms vacant and abandoned lots in Baltimore City into community gardens and green spaces. AmeriCorps members, community residents, local artists, and volunteer groups serve together to create and maintain thriving community spaces.

Primary Responsibilities

 

  • Transform vacant Baltimore City lots into communal green spaces and public gardens.
  • Learn how to use power tools and heavy equipment responsibly and safely.
  • Learn basic and complex techniques involved in urban landscaping.
  • Establish relationships with and serve alongside community members and teammates in conceptualizing, creating, and maintaining green projects.
  • Lead and serve alongside volunteer groups to create and maintain green spaces.
  • Develop individual leadership and growth opportunities throughout service
  • Participate in team development and education opportunities and activities
  • Daily manual labor outdoors is required, rain or shine
  • Develop relationships with individual and group planting partners in Baltimore and help them to create partnerships and support systems in their neighborhoods
  • Collaborate with Baltimore Orchard Project Team members on carrying out community-building and awareness events

 

 

 

 

 

Desired Skills and Education

  • Ability to serve closely with a team.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Commit to serve and complete the entire AmeriCorps service term.
  • A High School Diploma or GED, or in the process of obtaining one.
  • Ability to serve 40 hours a week (Monday – Friday, and/or weekend service days with volunteer groups).
  • Ability to pass a drug test and a a criminal background check, but we do hire past offenders.
  • Willingness to learn quickly and use your hands.

Desired but not required:

  • A driver’s license is highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of basic landscaping and design techniques.
  • Knowledge of basic plant identification.
  • Experience serving in low-income communities and experience in community outreach.
  • Basic computer skills, including sending emails and creating spreadsheets.
  • Relationships with community members and/or organizations.

Terms of Service: 

This position is a 900 hour AmeriCorps service term, serving 40 hours a week. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and an education award of $2,907.50 upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

How to Apply:

  1. First, send a cover letter and resume, OR a completed application, to hkuttner@civicworks.com with “CLT Member Position” in the subject line. Paper applications can be sent to Harry Kuttner, Community Lot Team, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213.
  2. Then, visit my.americorps.gov to login and/or create a myAmeriCorps account. Search the listings for “Community Lot Team,” Complete and submit an application to the listing as well.

Baltimore Orchard Project Orchard Organizer - 900 Hour

Estimated Start and End Dates

February 5, 2018 through August 24th, 2018.

Position Summary:

Civic Works’ Baltimore Orchard Project seeks an outgoing individual with a passion for food justice, community development, and the environment. The BOP AmeriCorps Orchard Organizer will serve with community members throughout Baltimore to provide assistance with growing community orchards. They will foster new relationships with potential planting partners as well as strengthen relationships with past stewardship partners.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service.

The Baltimore Orchard Project (BOP) works to strengthen Baltimore’s communities through planting and cultivating orchards, teaching citizens to be long-term stewards, and sharing the harvest among neighbors.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Participate in outreach, site evaluation, community organizing, designing, planting, and follow-up with BOP partners
  • Maintain and increase the number and quality of planting partnerships with neighborhood groups, faith institutions, universities and schools in Baltimore City.
  • Assist in the stewardship and enhancement of existing orchard locations
  • Collaborate with BOP partners to discuss and implement community engagement ideas
  • Regularly attend neighborhood association meetings, networking events, block parties and service days in the communities where BOP serves
  • Organize outreach and tabling events to increase the engagement of Baltimore’s community with fruit and nut trees
  • Raise awareness of “ugly” or strange fruit through BOP’s funky fruit campaign
  • Collaborate with BOP Team members on carrying out community-building and awareness events (e.g. Potlucks, Mulberry Madness, Apple-anche etc.).
  • Regularly water, maintain, and organize service days for the BOP nursery

Desired Skills and Education

  • Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to serve independently and as part of a team
  • Must possesses desire and ability to take initiative
  • High school diploma or GED is required, or actively working towards obtaining a diploma/GED
  • Must be and remain drug free during the term.
  • Car and valid driver’s license preferred, but not required (mileage is reimbursed)
  • Must comply with AmeriCorps terms and refrain from Prohibited Activities (below) during service hours

Terms of Service: 

This position is a 900 hour AmeriCorps service term, serving 40 hours a week. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and an education award upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

How to Apply:

First, apply for the position through AmeriCorps by visiting my.americorps.gov to login or create a myAmeriCorps account and search listings for “Baltimore Orchard Project.”

Next, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to Gabrielle Cadell at gcadell@baltimoreorchard.org.

Little Gunpowder Farm Assistant Farmer - 900, 450, and 300 Hour

Estimated Start and End Dates:  

Positions available March-August, April-September, June-August, and July-August

Position Summary:

The Assistant Farmer will serve with the Farm Manager on all projects related to field and greenhouse production to raise vegetables, herbs, flowers, and eggs.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service.  Civic Works goals are to Build Brighter Futures through education and job training, grow Healthy Food and Green Communities, and create Safe and Affordable Housing.

 Little Gunpowder Farm serves residents of the Baltimore area by providing high-quality vegetables at an affordable price, while prioritizing environmental stewardship of the land. Little Gunpowder Farm fulfills Civic Works’ mission for community improvement, workforce development, education, and green programming.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assisting in the harvesting and washing of produce;
  • Field preparation, planting, irrigation, weeding, cultivation, pest management, and all other tasks related to growing vegetables
  • Assisting and/or managing farmer’s market stands
  • Delivering produce to food hub and other markets
  • Helping maintain farm equipment and irrigation system
  • Daily chicken care.

Desired Skills and Education

  • A candidate with at least one year organic vegetable production experience is desired.
  • Assistant Farmers must be able and willing to learn and carry out daily on-farm activities in order to grow food for the outlets stated above.
  • Member must be able to lift and carry crates of produce repeatedly, as well as set up and manage farmer’s market stands.
  • Candidate must be able to serve outside performing manual labor under varying weather conditions.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly.
  • Valid drivers license required, as Assistant Farmer will need to drive farm truck.
  • Computer proficiency, marketing experience, customer service skills, familiarity with caring for chickens are also a plus.

Terms of Service: 

Positions of 900 hours, 450 hours, and 300 hours are available as AmeriCorps terms of service. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and an education award upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

How to Apply:

E-mail resume and letter of interest to Christy Ottinger at cottinger@civicworks.com.

Real Food Farm Urban Farmer Assistant - 900 Hour

Estimated Start and End Dates:  

March 1, 2018 – August 29, 2018

Position Summary:

Alongside the Civic Works’ Real Food Farm staff, the Urban Farmer Assistant will participate in all daily farm maintenance, food production, and market activities at Clifton Park and Perlman Place Farm sites. The Urban Farmer Assistant is expected to devote one weekend per month to assist with volunteer day projects. The Urban Farmer Assistant will participate in training activities throughout their term in orderto improve their skills and understanding of sustainable urban farming practices. The Urban Farmer Assistant position requires 40 hours per week during the length of their term.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service.  Civic Works goals are to Build Brighter Futures through education and job training, grow Healthy Food and Green Communities, and create Safe and Affordable Housing.

Real Food Farm strives toward a just and sustainable food system by improving neighborhood access to healthy food, providing experience-based education, and developing an economically viable, environmentally responsible local agriculture sector.

Real Food Farm is Civic Works’ urban farm operation that strives to build a just and sustainable food system by improving neighborhood access to healthy food, providing experience-based education, and developing an economically viable, environmentally responsible local agriculture sector. We grow on 8-acres across two plots in northeast Baltimore. We grow over 10 tons of fruits and vegetables to sell in East and West Baltimore every year. We also value sharing knowledge and skills about how to eat and grow good food.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assisting with harvesting, weeding, planting, and crop maintenance activities;
  • Managing insect and weed control;
  • Carrying out field observation and high tunnel maintenance;
  • Placing orders and picking up produce from partner farms;
  • Sharing weekly produce availability with community members;
  • Driving the Mobile Farmer’s Market to scheduled stops and home deliveries;
  • Assist with tracking produce harvested and community engagement efforts

Urban Farmer Assistants must bring a good attitude and help out with:

  • Managing youth and adult volunteers;
  • Participating in community outreach activities;
  • Leading independent projects on the farm and in the community;
  • Practicing good organizational skills and work site maintenance;
  • Actively participating in team meetings;
  • Teaching other team members new skills and sharing your knowledge.

Desired Skills and Education

  • A high school diploma or GED is required. If an individual does not has not completed one of these, they must commit to actively work towards obtaining a diploma/GED.
  • Must be and remain drug free during the term.
  • Be able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Be willing to serve in all weather: rain, heat, wind, and cold.
  • Be willing to learn, teach, and share with your co-workers and community.
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and experience driving in Baltimore is required.
  • Strong interest/experience in food systems, farming, nutrition, public health, and/or the environment is a plus.

Terms of Service: 

This position is a 900 hour AmeriCorps service term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and an education award upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

How to Apply:

  1. First, send a cover letter and resume, OR a completed applicationto rffeducation@civicworks.com with “Urban Farmer Assistant” in the subject line. Paper applications can be sent to Charlotte Proctor, Real Food Farm, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213.
  2. Then, visit my.americorps.gov to login and/or create a myAmeriCorps account. Search the listings for “Real Food Farm.” Complete and submit an application to the listing as well.

Real Food Farm Conservation Educator - 900 Hour

Estimated Start and End Dates:  

March 3, 2018  – August 26, 2018

Position Summary:

Alongside the Civic Works’ Real Food Farm Education Coordinator, the Conservation Educator will plan and facilitate educational programming at Civic Works, specifically the summer youth jobs program, Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps (BCLC). In addition, the Conservation Educator will assist with farm education programs, including youth and adult field trips to Real Food Farm, help maintain educational growing spaces on the farm, record data about lessons and participants, and write entries for organization newsletters. We’re looking for an educator who is great at both serving alongside youth (especially teens) and knowledgeable about conservation and environmental science.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service.  Civic Works goals are to Build Brighter Futures through education and job training, grow Healthy Food and Green Communities, and create Safe and Affordable Housing.

Real Food Farm strives toward a just and sustainable food system by improving neighborhood access to healthy food, providing experience-based education, and developing an economically viable, environmentally responsible local agriculture sector.

Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps (BCLC) is a five-week summer leadership program that helps high school students from Baltimore City develop job skills, remain physically active, and learn more about the environment through a variety of conservation projects. BCLC members work throughout the city to improve our parks and gardens. Some crews work on hiking trails in city parks, repairing erosion damage and making them safer for hikers. Other crews work to create and improve Baltimore’s urban farms, gardens, and orchards. All crews do their part to remove litter from Baltimore’s green spaces and waterways. Once a week, all BCLC members gather together for an education day with topics ranging from stream ecology to financial literacy.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist with facilitating Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps, a summer youth jobs program focused on conservation and environmental education.
  • Facilitate field trips and service learning events for groups visiting Real Food Farm, along with education program team members.
  • Facilitate high school and/or middle school educational programming, potentially after school  and on Saturdays, along with education program team members.
  • Maintain educational growing spaces on Real Food Farm, along with education program team members.
  • Assist Education Coordinator with strategic planning for education programming.
  • Contribute to the documentation, evaluation, and adaptation of current education programming.
  • Help with preparation and cleanup of classroom spaces, work sites, and supply areas before and after each program.

Desired Skills and Education

  • A high school diploma or GED is required. If an individual does not has not completed one of these, they must be actively working toward doing so.
  • Experience in youth education, outdoor education, or a related field.
  • General knowledge, interest, and experience in conservation, trail construction and maintenance, environmental education, and and youth development.
  • Experience forming positive relationships with and among diverse youth.
  • Understanding of racial equity and how injustice plays a role in our current education system, food system, and access to green space.
  • Dependable, self-motivated, and organized.
  • Strong verbal communication skills – both interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Familiarity with Baltimore City.
  • Must be and remain drug free during the term.

Terms of Service: 

This position is a 900 hour AmeriCorps service term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and an education award upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

How to Apply:

  1. First, send a cover letter and resume, OR a completed applicationto rffeducation@civicworks.com with “Conservation Educator” in the subject line. Paper applications can be sent to Farm Education Team, Real Food Farm, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213.
  2. Then, visit my.americorps.gov to login and/or create a myAmeriCorps account. Search the listings for “Real Food Farm.” Complete and submit an application to the listing as well.

Some programs have additional requirements and restrictions.

Prohibited Activities*

As an AmeriCorps member you may NOT participate in the following activities during service hours:

  • Political Advocacy: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in political advocacy. They cannot advocate for legislation or for a political candidate in any way. They cannot conduct voter registration drives or lobby government officials at any level.
  • Religious Instruction: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in religious instruction. They cannot conduct religious studies, prayer groups, pastoral counseling, or any other activity promoting or providing information about religion. This does not prohibit AmeriCorps members from participating in non-religious activities at religious meetings or services.
  • Abortion referrals: AmeriCorps members cannot provide abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services.
  • Benefit a Business: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in service that benefits a for-profit business, a partisan political organization, or a labor union.

In addition, Civic Works AmeriCorps members may NOT participate in the following activities during service hours.

  • Clerical Service: AmeriCorps members may engage in clerical activities, such as photocopying, stuffing envelopes or answering phones for their own project.  They cannot engage in these activities in assisting another person.
  • Fund Raising: AmeriCorps members cannot seek in-kind donations and assist with fund raising events, mailings, or other activities, write grants (or portions of grants) or participate in capital fund raising activities or campaigns

The list above is a summary, for detailed prohibited activities go to the following link: http://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/acprohibited_activities.pdf

 

Corpsmember Application

For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.nationalservice.gov
For more information about AmeriCorps in Maryland, visit www.gosv.maryland.gov

Civic Works welcomes all corpsmember applicants and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Civic Works complies with all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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