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

Baltimore Orchard Project Youth Educator - 1700 Hour Term

Estimated Start and End Dates

September 2018 – August 2019

Position Summary:

Civic Works, Inc. seeks an individual with a demonstrated passion for youth education, food justice, community development and the environment to help coordinate Baltimore Orchard Project’s Youth Education program. The Youth Educator will develop curriculum involving science, art, and culture to teach students how to properly care for their orchards. Daily tasks will include teaching classes k-12, writing curriculum, designing schoolyard landscapes, collaborating within the BOP team and developing BOP’s educational partnerships.

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

  • Integrate Orchard Ecosystem Education into Baltimore City schools, after-school programs, non-profit educational programs, and youth groups
  • Collaborate with BOP’s Youth Education Team (Education Coordinator, Youth Educator, and MICA CAC Member)
  • Support Baltimore City School teachers’ use of the school landscape in their regular
    teaching hours through developing creative lessons and workshop curriculum
  • Create and/or manage educational materials and spaces
  • Support Education Coordinator in conversations with school administrators and hold
    activities with students through the pre-planting process
  • Organize implementation of landscape adjustments decided upon by school community
  • Regularly attend school and neighborhood meetings, block parties, service days
  • Provide technical support for the stewardship and enhancement of existing orchards
  • Collaborate with BOP Team members on carrying out community-building and awareness events (e.g. Potlucks, Mulberry Madness, Apple-anche etc.).

Desired Skills and Education

  • Previous experience with outdoor or environmental education preferred
  • Experience or strong interest in facilitating a social justice, anti-oppressive classroom
  • and service environment.
  • Experience or strong interest in STEAM and hands-on learning
  • Interest in nutrition or gardening
  • Ability to effectively manage a classroom
  • Possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must possesses desire and ability to take initiative
  • Ability to serve with a wide variety of communities and work with a diverse team
  • Must be able to serve independently and as part of an integrated team
  • High school diploma or GED is required, or commitment to obtaining a diploma/GED
  • Must be and remain drug free during the term
  • Car and valid driver’s license preferred (but not required)

Terms of Service: 

This position requires 40 hours a week throughout the term in order to complete the 1700 AmeriCorps term of service between September 2018 to August 2019. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, a biweekly stipend of $680 (before taxes) and an educational award of $5,920 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, send a 1) letter of interest and 2) a resume or completed application to Vanessa Lubiner, Baltimore Orchard Project, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213 or via email to vlubiner@civicworks.com with “Youth Educator” in the subject line.

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

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, September 2, 2018. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis starting in August. The start date for this position is expected to be on or around September 18, 2018.

Baltimore Orchard Project Orchard Organizer - 1700 Hour Term

Estimated Start and End Dates

September 2018 – August 2019

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. The orchard organizer will also help community partners build their capacity to better engage their neighbors.

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, designing, planting, and follow-up with 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
  • Participate in harvests and expand gleaning operations in Baltimore City

Desired Skills and Education

  • Experience or strong interest in community organizing, food justice and landscape design
  • Must comply with AmeriCorps terms and refrain from Prohibited Activities (below) during service hours
  • Possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must possesses desire and ability to take initiative
  • Ability to serve with a wide variety of communities and work with a diverse team
  • Must be able to serve independently and as part of an integrated team
  • High school diploma or GED is required, or commitment to obtaining a diploma/GED
  • Must be and remain drug free during the term
  • Car and valid driver’s license preferred (but not required)

Terms of Service: 

This position requires 40 hours a week throughout the term in order to complete the 1700 AmeriCorps term of service between September 2018 to August 2019. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, a biweekly stipend of $680 (before taxes) and an educational award of $5,920 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, send a 1) letter of interest and 2) a resume or completed application to Kevin Antoszewski, Baltimore Orchard Project, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213 or via email to kevin@baltimoreorchard.com with “Orchard Organizer” in the subject line.

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

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, September 2, 2018. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis starting in August. The start date for this position is expected to be on or around September 18, 2018.

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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