Michigan – Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities hiring Fellows

Traverse City, Michigan
Are you passionate about increasing access to healthy food for all members of a community? Apply today for a Food Equity Fellowship with the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities based in Traverse City, MI.

Groundwork is seeking a dynamic post-graduate or mid-career professional who will work with Groundwork to help increase access to healthy food in communities throughout northwest lower Michigan.

As a Fellow you will work with nonprofit staff on important projects, build policy expertise and gain valuable professional development skills. This fellowship is an excellent opportunity to experience food and farming policy advocacy while working for a well-established, community-based nonprofit organization.
Responsibilities will include:
  • Developing, designing, and maintaining resources used by anti-poverty advocates throughout the region
  • Developing comprehensive “healthy food environment” plans for area food pantries, including developing content for a toolkit on how to create a food pantry environment centered around equity and health;
  • Surveying food insecure families in Benzie and Antrim counties, and interviewing willing participants in order to provide a qualitative summary of rural food insecurity to accompany quantitative data;
  • Preparing written or video content about Groundwork’s food equity work for the website and social media;
  • Conducting research on grant opportunities, partnerships and other program resources;
  • Collaborating with staff on new ideas, directions, and venues for training and communications with local advocates (including teachers, parents, school administrators and community members);
  • And, generally supporting the Food & Farming Program Director as needed.
Professional Requirements 
The candidate must demonstrate:
  • Experience in, and passion for food and farming issues, particularly in food and health equity;
  • Experience organizing community leaders around social justice initiatives;
  • Strong writing and communications skills;
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms, specifically Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Personal Qualifications
Groundwork seeks the following qualities in successful candidates:
  • Strong commitment to Groundwork’s mission and programs;
  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for resiliency principles;
  • Proven ability to organize priorities, with keen attention to detail and deadlines;
  • Self-directed working approach and initiative;
  • Professional and pleasant demeanor;
  • Strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills;
  • And, a sense of humor and positive outlook.
Duration and Term Dates
The Spring Fellowship term lasts from January 15th – June 15th, 2018.
Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure
This is a paid fellowship position requiring a minimum of 25 hours per week. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $4,000. Other benefits include access to an incredibly vibrant community in northern Michigan and schedules flexible enough to enjoy the wondrous forests, clean rivers, and the magnificent Great Lakes shoreline that distinguish our region.
To apply, please complete the Fellowship Application by November 17th, 2017. Selections will be made in early December.
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Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring Farm and Food Education Fellows

Staunton, Virginia

Applications Available for Farm and Food Education Fellowship

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is seeking applicants for its fully-funded Farm and Food Education Fellowship. Now in its seventh year, the 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with non-profit partner organizations (Phase II). AMI is an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education based in Staunton, VA.

Phase I – Farm Study (April 22-October 31, 2018)

  • Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, small animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more on our mountain farm in Highland County, VA.
  • Study regenerative farming, nutrition and wellness, permaculture design, and community development through expert guest instructors, field trips, and educational sessions.
  • Explore local food system leadership opportunities and participate in school gardens, farmers markets and other community events.
  • Stay in handcrafted cabins, study in wifi-equipped common spaces and share farm-fresh meals supplemented with whole food staples.
  • Receive $1,000 upon successful completion.

Phase II – Service Application (January 2- December 31, 2019)

  • Work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education in Highland and Augusta Counties.
  • Contribute to projects such as: developing school gardens and site-based curriculum, creating infrastructure for local food systems, growing food and increasing food access, and teaching nutrition and cooking.
  • Build leadership skills through monthly professional development sessions and continuing education opportunities.
  • Receive an annual salary of $18,000 (less payroll taxes, paid bi-weekly)

Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting.

Applications are due by February 1, 2018 and are available at: www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and are reviewed as soon as complete. For more information and questions, please e-mail: jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org.

 Allegheny Mountain Institute admits candidates of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to Fellows. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.

Virginia – Paid Farm and Food Education Fellowship

Staunton, Virginia

Paid Farm and Food Education Fellowship – Allegheny Mountain Institute – Staunton, VA

The experiential 18-month AMI Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows are fully funded to spend six months in immersive training on our farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with relevant partner organizations (Phase II).

Phase I – Farm Study
April 30-November 1, 2017

  • Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, small animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more!
  • Study permaculture design, nutrition and wellness, community development with expert guest instructors, field trips, and daily educational sessions.
  • Free room and board in hand-crafted cabins. Receive $1,000 stipend upon successful completion.

Phase II – Service Application 
January 1- December 31, 2018

  • Work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education.
  • Manage school gardens, develop site-based curriculum, and teach cooking and nutrition.
  • Build leadership skills with monthly professional development sessions.
  • Receive stipend of $1,500/month (less payroll taxes) and Permaculture Design Certificate upon completion

Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting.

 Applications are due by February 19, 2017 and are available at www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org. Applications considered on a rolling basis and are reviewed as soon as complete.

For more information, please visit www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org, the Allegheny Mountain Institute Facebook page, or email us at info@alleghenymountainschool.org.

Allegheny Mountain Institute admits candidates of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to Fellows. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.