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AmeriCorps VISTA - GRuB Pollination (Olympia, WA)

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GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty)
2216 Elliott Ave NW
Olympia, WA 98502
United States
Phone: 360-753-5522

Position Title: VISTA GRuB Pollination
Service Year: August 29, 2014 - August 28, 2015 with required Pre-service Orientation August 25-28, 2014
Hours: 40 hours/week, generally Monday through Friday, 9am – 5:30pm, with flexibility to accommodate some required evening and weekend activities
Compensation: You receive a stipend from VISTA: $928 monthly living stipend (before taxes), $5,645 educational award or $1,500 cash stipend at end of service. Check out the Washington Service Corps website for more details: http://www.esd.wa.gov/washingtonservicecorps/

GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty) is a nonprofit organization working to inspire positive personal and community change by bringing people together around food and agriculture. We do this by partnering with youth and low-income families to create empowering individual and community food solutions and by offering trainings, tools, and resources to help build a just and sustainable food system.

Our VISTA member will build GRuB’s capacity to 1) decrease the achievement gap among low-income youth; 2) increase the number of educators teaching in ways that engage students in relevant learning; and 3) increase the number of schools, agencies, and communities using GRuB’s youth development model.

This VISTA member will help complete a business plan for program replication and related earned income, assist in building new curriculum frameworks, and help develop materials and organize training structure to support program replication. The VISTA member will help train a cadre of GRuB youth program alum as coaches for replication work, ultimately supporting two to three communities in program replication. In addition to behind-the-scenes support for new program sites, the VISTA will organize teacher trainings as well as make curriculum materials and resources available online.

Major Responsibilities
The VISTA member will support the replication of our program in a variety of ways including:
• completing a business plan
• conducting research and evaluation to build GRuB’s organizational capacity
• developing pollination materials and organizing a training structure
• training GRuB youth alum to become coaches
• supporting GRuB staff in conducting technical assistance and providing coaching support for staff at newly pollinated sites
• launching our program at new sites
• hosting teacher trainings
• forging new partnerships with community organizations
• collaborating with GRuB staff to host community outreach and fundraising events in support of GRuB in the Schools Initiative
• identifying volunteer opportunities and assisting with volunteer recruitment, training, and retaining

• 18 years old or older (by August 25, 2014), high school equivalency
• Mature, outgoing, highly collaborative while also able to complete projects independently.
• Strong communication, organization, facilitation, and tech skills.
• Experience with databases a plus.
• Highly motivated and positive problem solver.
• Able to take a goal/project and lead it to completion.
• Experience with program evaluation and/or public education a plus.

Application Process
You are really applying to two organizations – GRuB and the VISTA program.

• To qualify for VISTA, you must complete their application at www.americorps.gov. Without a completed VISTA application, we CANNOT consider you. They will email us the application you submit to them.

• To apply to GRuB - We use the VISTA application but also want to see your resume and a compelling cover letter demonstrating your passion and fit for this position. You must provide these for us to consider your application complete.

Please complete the online VISTA application and submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] no later than 9am PST, Thursday, June 19, 2014. The subject line of your email should read “Pollination VISTA.”

Questions? Email us at [email protected].


GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty)
2216 Elliott Ave NW
Olympia, WA 98502
United States
Phone: 360-753-5522