Service Placements for 2016-2017
Full-time Food Cadre Members spend 36 hours/week at their service-sites and 4 hours/week in training or working together on service-projects at partner agencies coordinated by Earth Care.
Half-time Food Cadre Members spend 20 hours/week at their service sites.
Quarter - Time School Garden Coordinators OPEN
Working closely with the school, the Garden Coordinator will work to provide food, and sustainability education to the youth and children in Santa Fe through the specific school garden program. With the support of Earth Care’s Sustainability Education Program manager and Program Coordinator, they will lead efforts in the alignment of educational garden activities with indoor classroom curriculum standards, support and coordinate growing, harvesting and composting strategies, support sustainability and outdoor classroom initiatives, and incorporate a social, environmental and food justice framework for sustainability and gardening. This is a quarter-time position requiring 450 hours of service. This position serves 300-450 hours within one year with the following benefits:
- Recieve an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award between $1,212 and $1,493 (depending on hours) to pay back student loans or pay for future education.
- Training and mentorship
- Developing meaningful professional and personal relationships within the community to advance your career and passions.
Quarter time and Minimum time positions are designated for high school and college students who are interested in leading sustainability campaigns, but can also be great for community members interested in volunteering at any of our partnering schools’, school gardens.
Half Time Position
La Familia OPEN
Work as a Half Time AmeriCorps Food Cadre Member with La Familia Medical Services to improve health & food access among low-income and minority community members. La Familia Medical Center is dedicated to providing excellent, affordable, comprehensive medical, dental and health promotion services to everyone in the community in a way that is culturally sensitive and respectful of a patient’s privacy, rights and dignity regardless of their financial resources.
La Familia Medical Center seeks a qualified and motivated individual to assist with its Healthy CENA Program. The purpose of the program is to support patients using the community health worker organizing model to implement projects and programs that increase access to healthy food and physical activities for patients and their families both at La Familia Medical Center clinics and in the communities they reside (underserved low-income communities).
Full Time Positions
The Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute works to promote, foster and encourage small farm agriculture and the historic land-based traditions and culture of New Mexico.
Summary of the position: The Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute Program Associate will coordinate and support Farmers Market Institute programs and activities that increase public support for local farmers and the Institute, improve equitable access to fresh local foods for low-income people, and enable farmers to increase production and sustainability.
The Adelante Program connects homeless students and their families to community resources and collaborates with other community organizations to raise awareness about ending child homelessness and hunger.
Summary of the position: The Food Cadre Member will improve food access to homeless youth by educating the community about hunger and homelessness, coordinating community and school food drives, coordinating food pickups, providing community education about hunger and homelessness, and providing support services for secondary school students experiencing homelessness. Must be bilingual in English and Spanish.
Casa Familia is St. Elizabeth’s dedicated emergency shelter for single women and families with children. It features five private family suites, two dormitory spaces with sixteen beds for single women, a large kitchen, dining room, outdoor patio and common areas. Guests at Casa Familia participate in life-skill training programs, case management, and group exercises to strengthen camaraderie. The facility can house over 30 people, and is a dramatic improvement from the one room for families and six beds for single women previously available.
Cooking with Kids– OPEN
The mission of Cooking with Kids is to educate and empower children and families to make healthy food choices through hands-on learning with fresh, affordable foods from diverse cultural traditions.
Summary of the position: The Food Cadre Member will work to expand the capacity and support programming of CWK, enabling pre-kindergarten through 6th grade students to explore, prepare, and enjoy fresh, affordable foods. They will also teach hands-on food and nutrition education classes.
Galloping Grace Youth Ranch – OPEN
Galloping Grace Youth Ranch is a place where kids lead kids while learning how to raise livestock, grow crops, explore the outdoors, and enrich the community.
Summary of position- The Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Earth Care AmeriCorps member will help with the management of the ranch, perform agricultural and ranching duties, work closely with children and adults within the Rio Rancho community teaching them about food and about GGYR programs.
Earth Care is a non-profit youth and community development organization located in Santa Fe, NM founded in 2001 to educate and empower youth to create healthy, just and sustainable communities. We do this through sustainability education, service learning, youth-led community organizing and urban agriculture. Earth Care’s cornerstone programs include Youth Allies a leadership program for teenagers, Sustainable Schools engaging K-12 schools, students and teachers, and the Cadre Program for young professionals.
The sustainability educator will teach sustainability education curriculum during school day and/or after school including gardening, eco-conscious practices, hunger and nutrition education in a high needs school. Work with students, parents, and teachers these schools to support volunteer engagement in the school program. Organize sustainability service-learning initiatives to improve student wellness and reduce the environmental impact of schools.
United World College – USA serves students age 16-19 who typically represent more than 70 different countries. They participate in a unique program that combines academic challenge with an experiential, hands-on approach to learning. Service members will help plan and implement the development of an Agro-Ecology Center on a 20 acre property adjacent to the school campus.
Title: UWC-USA Zero Waste Program Coordinator
Objective: To help create a culture and practice of resource conservation and sustainable waste management on the UWC-USA campus.
- Monitor and Manage recycling receptacles
- Facilitate weekly collection & transport
- Manage recycling storage area.
- Lead monthly delivery trips to waste transfer station.
- Transport food waste from castle loading dock daily to composting site.
- Clean and return compost buckets to loading dock.
- Construct, monitor and manage Static Aerated compost piles.
- Ensure proper ratio of C:N, as well as proper moisture content.
- Record temperature readings from active and curing piles daily.
- Manage pile rotation to provide steady flow of finished compost.
- Facilitate the collection of brown (C) organic waste for compost.
- Work with grounds crew to gather leaves, trim/thin trees, and mow grass.
- Transport brown waste to composting site and manage storage.
- Chip wood waste in preparation for use in compost.
- Supervise Waste Management Exed/Campus Service
- Meet with students weekly.
- Supervise student waste collection efforts.
- Train students in proper composting technique.
- Train students in Zero Waste approach to systems management.
- Work with staff & students to develop strategies that reduce our waste output.
- Ability to lift up to 50lbs.
- Demonstrated capacity for sustained manual labor.
- Excellent record-keeping skills.
- Excellent communication & problem solving skills.
- Ability to inspire & manage teenagers.
- Demonstrated interest in Sustainability and Resource Management.
- Experience using and maintaining chainsaws.
- Must be 25 or older to drive school vehicles.
Typical Workday Schedule (M-F)
- 9:00am – Check in with Donna & Ben for morning grounds tasks.
- 9:30-12:00 – Thinning, Grounds work, hauling and managing brown waste.
- 12:00-1:00 – Lunch
- 1:00 - Transport Food Scraps to Compost Site
- 1:30 - Add food scraps to construction pile in layer. Layer 3X volume of food scraps in brown waste on top.
- 2:00 – Monitor and record Temp and Moisture levels in active and curing piles.
- 2:30 – Clean buckets and load in van for next day’s pickup.
- 3:00-5:00– ExEd Planning (Monday), Work with Waste Management (Tuesday), Farm Crews (Wed/Thurs), and Land Management (Friday).
35 Hours/week (excluding lunch)