Oregon State Service Corps Position Description
ORGANIZATION: Portland Community College-Rock Creek Campus,Sustainability Office http://www.pcc.edu/about/sustainability/on-campus/rock-creek.html
ORGANIZATION MISSION: The PCC Rock Creek Campus values: Learning, Community, Connectivity, Sustainability, Health, Wellness and Safety, and commitment to Aesthetics and Design choices which embody these values.
POSITION: Learning Garden Educator
LOCATION:17705 NW Springville Road, Portland, OR 97229
SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Learning Garden Educator will support the campus Sustainability Office by leading educational activities for the Learning Garden, solid waste, recycling and composting efforts, and other sustainability-related projects. The 3.6 acre campus Learning Garden includes 48 raised beds (32 for food production and 16 for community members), approximately ½ acre of row crops, a cob tool shed with solar powered irrigation, earthen oven with a green roof, rainwater catchment, 65-tree orchard, berries, grapes, kiwis, bee hives, plus public art pieces throughout. Recruiting, training and supervising community-based learning students, PCC club members, community and PCC volunteers in support of the garden will be a key component of the job. Additionally, the Learning Garden Educator will lead current hunger relief efforts and expand the Learning Garden’s impact in reducing PCC’s greenhouse gas emissions.
1.Complete daily Learning Garden activities such as propagation, planting, weeding, and
2. Manage, coordinate, and track students in community-based learning activities in the
3. Lead educational activities such as tours and garden workshops for raised bed users, students, and the broader community on the topics of growing food, healthy eating, and personal health.
4.Support hydroponic and passive solar hoop house season extension plantings.
5. Design and create electronic and print outreach materials to market and publicize the
Sustainability Office and Learning Garden events and initiatives.
6. Recruit, supervise and track the participation of PCC community volunteers for Learning Garden work parties, events, and other activities.
7. Facilitate compost education, outreach and help oversee the daily collection of pre and post
consumer waste among faculty, staff and students to support the Rock Creek Loop (vermicompost, geo bins).
8. Work with Associated Students of PCC (ASPCC) and resource centers (i.e. Veterans & Queer
Resource Centers) to engage and serve nontraditional and underserved student populations on campus and in the Learning Garden.
9. Collect ongoing data related to food production, food waste, compost, volunteer hours and
10. Complete and submit in a timely manner all OSSC/AmeriCorps required reports and timesheets.
11. Participate in OSSC/AmeriCorps sponsored orientation, trainings, meetings and disaster-related activities.
1. Support the Learning Garden’s social media presence, e.g., website and Facebook.
2. Conduct online research for sustainability efforts as needed.
1. An independent, self-motivated, creative and resourceful individual who enjoys working with
diverse groups of people, both in the office and outside (rain or shine).
2. Ability to manage multiple projects and events and complete assigned tasks in a professional,
organized and timely manner.
3. A Bachelor’s degree with hands on garden and/or farming experience.
4. Ability to dig, kneel, and lift 50 pounds.
Dates of Service:
February 1 – December 31, 2016 — 1700 hours over 11 months (start date may be negotiated)
● Full-time OSSC members receive a taxable education award of $5,730 to cover the costs of current education or to repay qualified student loans
● A taxable stipend of up to $12,530 (members only receive a stipend while serving)
● Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the
accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable)
● Basic medical insurance (covers members only, not dependents; vision and dental not
● Child care allowance for those who qualify
● Professional development, trainings and networking
Please email ONE PDF or Word document that includes a 1 page cover letter, no more than 2 page resume with 3 professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, January 21, 2016 at midnight (PST). Application review will begin January 22nd and the first round of interviews will take place starting January 25th. Final decision will be madeJanuary 30, 2016.
This position is available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age,
sex, political affiliation or in most instances, religion. Qualified individuals with disabilities
and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals.