Earth Care AmeriCorps Service Cadre

Become an Earth Care Cadre Member

The Earth Care Cadre is an 11-month leadership development program designed to develop the next generation of food & sustainability advocates, urban gardeners, educators, and leaders. We are seeking dedicated, service-minded people to become Cadre members in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

What You’ll Do

Earth Care Cadre Members serve full-time for an 11-month term.

Four days a week Cadre Members work at service sites where they create, improve and expand services that address issues in food security & sustainability through youth development, education, public health, land preservation, community engagement, and economic development.

One half-day a week, Cadre members participate in a leadership development program in which local community leaders and expert practitioners lead workshops and host service projects. Cadre members’ training includes food security, nutrition education, advocacy, community organizing, leadership development, service learning, urban agriculture, and project management.

Cadre members participate in community building activities, contribute to team service projects, and receive individual coaching to support their professional development throughout their service.

Where You’ll Serve

As an Earth Care Cadre member, you will be placed with a service site for your 11-month term. Service sites are located in Santa Fe County and include schools, local government, and community-based organizations.

Visit Where You’ll Serve to learn more about service sites, their work, what your service might look like in each location and to APPLY.

What You’ll Get

For 11-months of service as a full-time Earth Care Cadre member, you are eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • A living stipend of $13,000
  • A $ 5,815.00 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award to apply towards past or future education
  • Health insurance
  • Childcare reimbursements
  • Student loan forbearance
  • Training and mentorship

For 900 hours of service as a half time Earth Care Cadre member, you are eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • A living stipend of $6500
  • A $ 2,907.50 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award to apply towards past or future education
  • Training and mentorship

Half time positions do not receive health care or childcare benefits.

For 450 hours of service within one year, additional quarter-time Earth Care Cadre members are eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • A $ 1,538.36 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award to pay back student loans or pay for future education.
  • Training and mentorship

Quarter-time members do not receive a monthly living stipend or other benefits. Most QT  positions are designated for high school, college students interested in leading sustainability campaigns or community members interested in volunteering at school gardens at Santa Fe Public Schools. Contact for more information about positions for students and school garden volunteers.

What We’re Looking For

To be considered for a full-time position Earth Care Cadre member service position, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older by the start of service
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States
  • Hold a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent

To be considered for a minimum-time position, you must:

  • Be 17 years of age and enrolled in a Santa Fe high school.



Visit Apply to learn about the application process.



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