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 spend one year or one summer serving Baltimore’s communities. 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

Real Food Farm - Farm Educator - 1700 Hour

Estimated Start and End Date:  

9/11/2017-9/26/2018

Position Summary:

Alongside the Civic Works’ Real Food Farm 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 and our high school Youth Crew program and summer youth jobs program, Mission Thrive Summer. 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.

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. The production crew plants, maintains, and harvests food crucial to the Farm’s mission of addressing food access in the city, educating youth and adults, and organizing local communities.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Facilitate high school and/or middle school educational programming, potentially after school and on Saturdays, along with education program team members.
  • Facilitate field trips and service learning events for groups visiting Real Food Farm, along with education program team members.
  • Assist with facilitating Mission Thrive Summer, a summer youth jobs program focused on health and wellness for Baltimore City teens.
  • Maintain educational growing spaces, 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 the classroom spaces 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 agriculture, food justice, nutrition, cooking, 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 food system and education system.
  • 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 1700 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.

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.
  • Clerical Service: Civic Works 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: Civic Works AmeriCorps members cannot seek in-kind donations and assist with fundraising 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

How to Apply:

  • Visit my.americorps.gov to login or create a myAmeriCorps account and search listings for Real Food Farm. Complete and submit application to listing. If you have any problems using the website at all, please come to 2701 Saint Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD or call 443-531-8346 for assistance.
  • 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 Aliza Solins, Real Food Farm, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213.

Real Food Farm - Urban Farmer Assistant - 1700 Hour

Estimated Start and End Date:  

9/11/2017-9/26/2018

Position Summary:

Under supervision of the farm staff, the Urban Farmer Assistant will participate in all daily tasks, 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 order to 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 is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service.

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 general 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;

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

  • Managing youth and adult volunteers;
  • Participating in community outreach activities;
  • Leading independent projects on the farm and in the community;
  • Clean and organize the farm and office;
  • Actively participate in team meetings;
  • Teaching other team members new skills and share your knowledge.

Desired Skills and Education

  • Strong interest in food systems, farming, nutrition, public health, and/or the environment.
  • Be able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Be willing to serve in all weather: rain, heat, wind, and cold.
  • Be willing to serve in the evenings typically no later than 8:00 PM.
  • 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 preferred.
  • Past sales, farming, and nutrition experience is a plus.

Terms of Service:

This position is a 40 hour a week, 1700 hour AmeriCorps term.The AmeriCorps member will receive a biweekly stipend of $680 and an educational award of $5,815.00 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, BOP team members are welcome to take extra fruit home from harvest events. 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.

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.
  • Clerical Service: Civic Works 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: Civic Works AmeriCorps members cannot seek in-kind donations and assist with fundraising 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

How to Apply:

  • Visit my.americorps.gov to login or create a myAmeriCorps account and search listings for Real Food Farm. Complete and submit application to listing. If you have any problems using the website at all, please come to 2701 Saint Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD or call 443-531-8346 for assistance.
  • Send a cover letter and resume, OR a completed application to rffcommunity@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.

Baltimore Orchard Project - Orchard Organizer - 1700 Hour

Estimated Start and End Date:  

09/2017-08/2018

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 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.

The Baltimore Orchard Project (BOP), a program of Civic Works (CW), 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 works
  • 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.).

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
  • Car and valid driver’s license prefered (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 40 hour a week, 1700 hour AmeriCorps term.The AmeriCorps member will receive a biweekly stipend of $680 and an educational award of $5,815.00 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, BOP team members are welcome to take extra fruit home from harvest events. 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.

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.
  • Clerical Service: Civic Works 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: Civic Works AmeriCorps members cannot seek in-kind donations and assist with fundraising 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

How to Apply:

Baltimore Orchard Project - Youth Educator - 1700 Hour

Estimated Start and End Date:  

09/2017-08/2018

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. School yard orchards require stewardship and student participation to care for and harvest the trees. 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 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.

The Baltimore Orchard Project (BOP), a program of Civic Works (CW), 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.
  • Assist with Great Kids Farm’s (GKF) ongoing orchard education
  • Manage 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 orchard locations
  • 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
  • Ability to effectively manage children’s behavioral issues
  • Possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Car and valid driver’s license prefered (but not required) (mileage is reimbursed)
  • Possesses desire and ability to take initiative
  • Ability to serve with a wide variety of communities
  • Must be able to serve independently and as part of a team

Terms of Service:

This position is a 40 hour a week, 1700 hour AmeriCorps term. The AmeriCorps member will receive a biweekly stipend of $680 and an educational award of $5,815.00 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, BOP team members are welcome to take extra fruit home from harvest events. 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”; a nd able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

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.
  • Clerical Service: Civic Works 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: Civic Works AmeriCorps members cannot seek in-kind donations and assist with fundraising 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

How to Apply:

REACH! Student Advocate - 1700 Service Hours

Estimated Start and End Date:  

Start Date: August 21, 2017

End Date: August 23, 2018 (1700 hrs of service)

About Civic Works, Inc:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. Our key program areas include community improvement, workforce development, education, and green programs.

Civic Works AmeriCorps members tutor and mentor students, create community parks and gardens, help homeowners conserve energy, grow food for low-income residents, rehabilitate abandoned houses, involve families in Baltimore City schools, and make homes safer for older adults. Civic Works also trains Baltimore residents for employment in the healthcare and green job industries.

About REACH! Partnership:

REACH! Partnership is an innovative, college-focused transformation school for Baltimore City middle and high school students operated by Civic Works. The school is unique in its ability to effectively partner with not only educators, but also with businesses, corporations and community groups to create authentic learning opportunities for its student body. In addition to providing an academically rigorous curriculum, REACH! Partnership provides students with opportunities to learn marketable skills in construction and health care professions. Key partners include Johns Hopkins Health Systems, Associated Builders and Contractors, Baltimore Metro Chapter (ABC), Coldstream Homestead Montebello Community (CHM) and Baltimore City Community College.

Civic Works’ AmeriCorps members serve as advocates at REACH! supporting student success and a positive learning experience.

REACH! Advocate Position Description:

AmeriCorps Advocates at REACH! Partnership will commit to a term of 300, 450, or 900 hours for the duration of school year. Positions are part-time, and Advocates will have the opportunity to choose between morning, afternoon, or evening shifts. During the completion of the term, Advocates will support students in the classroom, as well as their extracurricular activities, participate in activities throughout the school, provide support to teachers and administrators in the building, and serve as mentors and role models to students at REACH! Partnership. Civic Works staff will provide opportunities for ongoing training and professional development, as well as other service activities that will allow Advocates to have an overall positive impact on the Baltimore Community.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Support students and teachers in a classroom setting
  • Support student success academically
  • Serve as a student mediator; execute conflict resolution skills
  • Serve as a student mentor
  • Support in planning and execution of school-wide events
  • Maintain required training certifications, including CPR/First Aide and Conflict Resolution
  • Participate in school based and organization wide service project

Desired Skills and Education:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
  • Must pass a criminal and sex offender background check, and be able to pass a drug screening
  • Ability to follow instructions and serve cooperatively with other Team Members, Staff, and Administrators
  • Completion of at least 2 semesters of college coursework, with an interest in education, human services, social work, business, or any other similar major, preferred
  • Must be able to use and have access to the internet
  • Ability to serve independently and with a team
  • Possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, and be self- motivated

Benefits:

This position is a 1700 hour AmeriCorps term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, a bi-weekly stipend of $680.00 and an educational award of $5815.00 upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans.

Prohibited Activities*

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.

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.americorps.gov/pdf/12_0731_americorps_provisions.pdf

To apply, complete following steps:

Some programs have additional requirements and restrictions.

Prohibited Activities*

  • 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.
  • 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.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save