Garden Education and Volunteer Specialist Position

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The Duluth Community Garden Program strives to cultivate healthy neighborhoods by providing access to land, resources, and community. DCGP manages 20 gardens (255 rentable plots) across Duluth, with the goal of building a garden within every 10 blocks. Garden plots are available on a sliding scale basis, to ensure that food growing and resources are accessible to all, regardless of income. DCGP provides access to well stewarded land, and educational resources and community building to its gardeners and members. The DCGP VISTA, will create a more sustainable organization through agency capacity building and creating organizational infrastructure to provide opportunities for healthy futures to low-income Duluthians. This will include developing and implementing a robust volunteer program, creating an effective and evaluated educational program for gardeners, and developing plans to secure funding for these programs. In year one, the VISTA will work to create a program that recruits, manages, and retains community volunteers. This program will enable DCGP to effectively and efficiently complete land stewardship and garden infrastructure projects, hold events, fundraise, and build new gardens. The VISTA will work to improve and create community-based educational programming in the areas of gardening techniques, food cooking and preservation, land management, and community building. Additionally, the VISTA will work to make the DCGP tool library into a community valuable resource. Finally, the VISTA will research and develop a funding plan to support both volunteer and educational programs. This position is a great opportunity to develop skills in community building, grant writing, volunteer management and program creation, curriculum writing, partnership development, quality educational program design and assessment, and gardening, all while living in the beautiful city of Duluth on the shores of Lake Superior. Learn more about DCGP at

Member Duties : The VISTA will develop systems & programs to build capacity of the DCGP 1. VISTA will research, develop, implement a volunteer recruitment & management program. 2. Build a robust community education program through research, development, implementation, marketing, evaluation to offer training in the areas of food growing, gardening techniques, land stewardship, food preservation. 3. Build tool library into a community valuable resource. 4. Research future funding opportunities for DCGP volunteer & educational programming. Qualifications Required 1. Interest & basic knowledge in the areas of gardening, urban agriculture, cooking, education. 2. Familiarity with issues of low income families. 3. Effective communication through writing. 4. Organizational skills and attention to details. 5. Ability to work effectively with diverse populations. 6. Interpersonal communication skills & public speaking. 7. Ability to work independently & as part of a team. 8. Bachelor's degree or higher.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Stipend ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Housing ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit
Terms : 
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas : 
Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Hunger ,  Community Outreach ,  Children/Youth ,  Environment ,  Health ,  Education . 
Skills : 
Education ,  Youth Development ,  Writing/Editing ,  Architectural Planning ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Computers/Technology ,  Community Organization ,  Communications ,  Urban Planning ,  Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Trade/Construction ,  Public Speaking ,  Public Health ,  Leadership ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  General Skills ,  Environment ,  Non-Profit Management . 
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

E3.18 Garden Education and Volunteer Specialist (VISTA)

Program Start/End Date
08/02/2018  -   08/01/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  


Accepting Applications
From  04/01/2018  To  05/15/2018