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

Green Schools Liaison – 675 Hour Term

Estimated Start and End Date:  

September 2018 through June 2019

Organization and Program Description:

The Office of Sustainability is a resource, catalyst, and advocate for a sustainable and resilient Baltimore. The Office integrates the principles of environmental integrity, social equity, and economic prosperity into plans, practices, policies, and partnerships. Our goal is to provide innovative solutions to our City’s challenges while engaging, educating, and motivating all sectors of Baltimore.

Greening Baltimore City Schools is a partnership between the Baltimore Community Foundation, Baltimore Office of Sustainability, City Schools, and Civic Works’ Baltimore Energy Challenge. We have a 4-part theory of change to “green” the school system: provide resources and incentives to schools, build youth leadership, develop partnerships, and change internal systems. A Green School System has environmental literacy integrated into instruction; facilities built and managed sustainably; knowledge and buy in from the bottom and the top; teachers with access to professional development and resources; and students with access to opportunities to learn, lead, get outdoors and develop life and job skills.

The Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge (GHSC) grant program is one of the main ways we provide resources to schools. GHSC provides grants of up to $2,500 for student-led sustainability projects in Baltimore City Public Schools. Students must be a part of an organized green team that meets to complete their project. The program typically funds around 50 projects per year, and has reached 70% of City Schools since it was started in 2010. Projects often cover gardening or recycling, but have also covered things like environmentally-themed field trips, building a working wind turbine, installing a schoolyard chicken coop, mapping green resources in the neighborhood around a school, and much more! If students can dream it, and it will build their leadership skills while making their schools and communities more environmentally literate and healthy, we will fund it.

Position Summary:

The Green Schools Liaison will support Baltimore City Public Schools’ k-12 students in participation in the Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge. This will involve helping schools complete and reviewing applications, maintaining data about applicants and proposed projects, meeting with teacher and student groups about their proposals to help them develop them further and connect to resources, collecting and reviewing payment requests of grant awards, and following up with applicants to make sure they’re on track with project timeline and implementation. After grants are awarded, the Green Schools Liaison will visit schools to provide additional related instruction and help them with their projects, such as participating in volunteer days, plantings, and other hands-on activities.

The position will also involve arranging for professional development opportunities and peer-networking sessions for teachers on sustainability topics, developing and implementing additional supports (such as newsletters, service days, celebrations, etc.) to promote environmental education and awareness in Baltimore; coordinating with partners to bring additional resources to the schools with which we work; working on occasion with our Youth Environmental Internship program; and assisting with related efforts of the Baltimore Office of Sustainability and Baltimore City Public Schools System as required.

Member Service Activities:

  • Support the implementation of the Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge grant program, including communications with prospective and current applicants, database management, participating in review of applications, and tracking awards and reports.
  • Provide support and instruction to student teams and adult leaders at Baltimore City Public Schools working on Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge grants, including delivering information on relevant environmental topics and resources, and participating in hands-on projects such as clean-ups and garden builds.
  • Develop and run professional development and peer-networking opportunities for teachers engaged in the Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge grant program to help them be more informed and connected to opportunities for environmental enrichment and engagement with their students.
  • Meet with partners and staff from related initiatives to support their efforts and collaborate on our programming.

 Desired Skills and Education:

  • Comply with AmeriCorps terms, including being a U.S. Resident or Lawful Permanent Resident
  • Must possess be able to visit schools across Baltimore City
  • Must pass a criminal and sex offender background check
  • Must be fluent in Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel
  • Interest in environmental science, education, and related fields
  • Must be able to use and have access to the internet
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, and be self-motivated
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Possess strong communication and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate effective time management and organization skills

 Terms of Service:

This position is a 675 hour AmeriCorps service term and the member will serve approximately 20-25 hours per week. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and an educational 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:

Send a 1) letter of interest and 2) a resume to Candice Blackwell at cblackwell@civicworks.com with “Green Schools Liaison” in the subject line.

Then, visit my.americorps.gov to login and/or create a myAmeriCorps account. Search the listings for “Green Schools Liaison.” Complete and submit an application to the listing as well.

Civic Works Production Assistant at Great Kids Farm – 1700 Hour Term

Organization and Program Description:

Great Kids Farm engages Baltimore City Public Schools students at all grade levels to support classroom learning, participate in every aspect of food preparation, and prepare students for success in 21st century colleges and careers. Operated by Baltimore City Public Schools, the 33 acre farm property is a living laboratory that enhances lessons in environmental science, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and healthy living. Great Kids Farm is a diverse GAP certified operation primarily growing fresh vegetables for school cafeterias, in addition we are raising laying hens, establishing an abundant orchard, expanding our compost program, and caring for a few friendly goats. We are pleased to announce that we are looking to fill a full-time year-long AmeriCorps Production Assistant Position.

Position Summary:

Under supervision of the Farm Manager, the Production Assistant will play a critical role in maintaining the farms daily operations. Serving alongside a small dedicated staff, the Production Assistant will gain experience in sustainable agriculture on an MDA GAP certified farm, leading volunteers as well as service groups, environmental K-12 education, and gain knowledge of the workings of a City Schools District and Non-profit Organization. Great Kids Farm and Civic Works will support and encourage opportunities for professional development during the service term.

The Production Assistant will serve 40 hours a week Monday – Friday with occasional weekend duties.

Member Service Activities:

  • Assist with all aspects of farm production: composting, soil preparation, planting, weeding, pest management, harvesting, and animal husbandry.
  • Assist with campus maintenance and beautification: grass cutting, trimming/edging, landscaping, mulching, equipment upkeep, fencing, snow removal, leaf collection, trash pickup, and repairs.
  • Lead volunteers and service groups on farm production and campus maintenance projects.
  • Supervising high school volunteer groups to complete tasks as part of their service learning education.
  • Support educational programming as needed: setting up for and leading school groups.

 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 working towards obtaining a diploma/GED.
  • Must be and remain drug free during the term.
  • Ability and willingness to serve in all weather conditions: rain, heat, wind, and cold.
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds.
  • Prior experience with basic lawn and garden tools including: lawn mower (riding and push), weed wacker/trimmer, hand tools (hoes, shovels, rakes).
  • Knowledge or strong interest in sustainable agriculture, horticulture, food systems, and/or environmental studies.
  • Ability to serve with and lead adults and K-12 students.
  • Self-motivated and able to perform tasks well independently.
  • Prior farm experience (at least 3 months) and knowledge of farm machinery is preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and experience driving in Baltimore is preferred.

 Terms of Service:

This position is a 1700 hour AmeriCorps service term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and an educational 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:

Send a 1) letter of interest and 2) a resume to James Koval at jpkoval@bcps.k12.md.us with “Production Assistant” in the subject line. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. The start date for this position is expected to be on or around October 1, 2018.

Then, visit my.americorps.gov to login and/or create a myAmeriCorps account. Search the listings for “Production Assistant” Complete and submit an application to the listing as well.

If you have any questions about Great Kids Farm or the position, please contact the Great Kids Farm Manager, James Koval at jpkoval@bcps.k12.md.us.

Real Food Farm Urban Farmer Assistant – 450 & 1700 Hour Terms

Estimated Start and End Date:  

September 2018 through December 2018 (450 Hour Term)

September 2018 through August 2019 (1700 Hour Term)

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. Real Food Farm (RFF) 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.

Position Summary:

Alongside the Civic Works’ Real Food Farm staff, the Urban Farmer Assistant will participate in daily farm tasks, food production, and market activities at Clifton Park and Perlman Place Farm sites. We grow on 8-acres across two plots in northeast Baltimore and produce over 10 tons of fruits and vegetables to distribute in East and West Baltimore every year.

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 order to improve their skills and understanding of sustainable urban farming practices. Applicants are expected to have an open mind and a willingness to learn. Assistants will have an emphasis on gaining the real world skills that are required to succeed as an urban farmer.

 Member Service Activities:

  • Work Independently;
  • Gain proficiency in planting, maintenance, and harvest of crops;
  • Hone observation skills to identify and address problems;
  • Partner with other city farms to provide a functional food system;
  • Operate Mobile Farmers Market vehicles as a representative of Real Food Farm in various neighborhoods around Baltimore City to improve healthy food access. Proceeds from the Mobile Market are used for continued food production;
  • Gain familiarity with the systems in place at Real Food Farm.

Candidates must bring a good attitude, an open mind, and willingness to learn and assist 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 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 peers and community.
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and experience driving in Baltimore is a plus!
  • Strong interest/experience in food systems, farming, nutrition, public health, and/or the environment is a plus.

 Terms of Service:

This position requires 40 hours a week throughout the term in order to complete the AmeriCorps term of service between September 2018 to December 2018 (for the 450 hour term of service) or between September 2018 to December 2018 (for the 1700 hour term of service). Required late evening and Saturday events will cause the weekly schedule to shift.

This Civic Works AmeriCorps position includes a biweekly stipend of $680 and an educational award of $1,566.14 (for the 450 hour service term) or $5,920 (for the 1700 hour service term) upon completion of service (that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans).

Funding for AmeriCorps members to participate in workshops and other professional development opportunities is also available. Assistants will be strongly encouraged to attend regional farming conferences such as CASA and PASA. Additionally, team members are welcome to take extra produce throughout the season.

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 cover letter and resume, or a completed application​, to dmoran@civicworks.com with “Urban Farmer Assistant” in the subject line. Paper applications can be sent to Dylan Moran, Real Food Farm, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213.

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

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.

Real Food Farm Farm Educator - 1700 Hour Term

Estimated Start and End Date:  

September 2018 through August 2019

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. Real Food Farm (RFF) 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.

Position Summary:

Alongside the Education Coordinator, the Farm Educator will plan and facilitate educational programming at Real Food Farm, including youth and adult field trips to Real Food Farm, urban farming workshops, our high school Youth Crew program, and summer youth jobs programming. In addition, the Farm Educator will help maintain educational growing spaces on the farm, assist with field trips visiting the farm, record data about lessons and participants, and write entries for farm newsletters. We’re looking for an educator who is great at both serving alongside youth (especially teens) and knowledgeable about food justice and food system topics.

Member Service Activities:

  • Leading field trips and service learning events along with education program team members for groups visiting Real Food Farm on weekdays and occasional Saturdays;
  • Creating short-term internships for college and high school students in spring and summer, along with education program team members;
  • Planning food and farming workshops for adults;
  • Assisting with planning and facilitating summer job programs;
  • Maintaining educational growing spaces, along with education program team members;
  • Assisting Education Coordinator with strategic planning for education programming;
  • Contributing to the documentation, evaluation, and adaptation of current education programming;
  • Helping prepare and cleanup education spaces before and after each program;
  • Contributing to media postings (Instagram, Facebook) and farm newsletters.

Desired Skills and Education:

  • A high school diploma or GED is required. If an individual 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.
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and experience driving in Baltimore is required. (Personal transportation is a plus)
  • Experience in youth education, outdoor education, or a related field.
  • General knowledge, interest, and experience in agriculture, food justice, nutrition, cooking, and youth development.
  • Experience working with and forming positive relationships with youth
  • Dependable, self-motivated, reliable, and organized.
  • Strong verbal communication skills – both interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Familiarity with Baltimore City.

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. Required late evening and Saturday events will cause the weekly schedule to shift. The 1700-hour Civic Works AmeriCorps position includes a biweekly stipend of $680 and an educational award of $5,920 upon completion of service (that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans). ​

Funding for AmeriCorps members to participate in workshops and other professional development opportunities is also available. Additionally, team members are welcome to take extra produce throughout the season!

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 cover letter and resume or a completed application to rffeducation@civicworks.com with “Farm Educator” in the subject line. Paper applications can be sent to Jackie Goulet, Real Food Farm, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213.

Then, apply for the position through AmeriCorps by visiting myamericorps.gov ​to login or create a myAmeriCorps account and search listings for “Real Food Farm.”

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.

Community Lot Team Member - 900 & 1700 Hour Terms

Estimated Start and End Date:  

September 2018 through March 2019 (900 Hour Term)

September 2018 through August 2019 (1700 Hour Term)

 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.

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.

Member Service Activities:

  • 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 40 hours a week (Monday – Friday, and/or weekend service days with volunteer groups).
  • Ability to serve closely with a team.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Commit to serve and complete the entire AmeriCorps service term.
  • Strong desire to meet critical needs of diverse communities around Baltimore City.
  • A High School Diploma or GED, or in the process of obtaining one.
  • Ability to pass a drug test and 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:

AmeriCorps members serving with the Community Lot Team will commit to a service term of 900 hours (6 months of service) or 1700 hours (1 year of service). The AmeriCorps member will receive training, a biweekly stipend of $680, and a monetary educational award of $2907.50 (900 hour term) or $5,920 (1700 hour term) 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. Please note that having a criminal background does not necessarily exclude you from this program.

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 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.

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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