Through service duties, members will contribute to and support the growth and production of produce to be donated to local food banks. Additionally, their service working alongside students and volunteers will support the spread of information of sustainable agriculture and nutrition education.
Host Site Agency Mission:
The Greenhouse Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to grow fresh produce for the needy in our community and to teach young people about gardening and horticulture. We manage a greenhouse, hoop houses and outdoor raised beds at a site located behind Carson High School, working with students in agriculture classes, special needs students, and community groups of various ages.
Member Schedule & Service Location:
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5pm, some weekends and evenings for special programs and events.
Carson City, NV
Timeline: September 2021 - August 2022
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Dedication and responsibility to the position and the AmeriCorps service agreement
Passion for Environmental Education, Sustainable Agriculture & Healthy Lifestyles
Ability to work in teams and work well with the public
Ability to follow safety procedures and protocols
Ability to lift heavy objects (50 pounds)
Ability to multitask in a fast paced environment
Willingness to serve outdoors in inclement weather as needed
Ability to arrive to work on time (early in the morning)
Possess a valid Driver’s License
Term of Service & Time Requirements:
Member's term of service begins on September 7th, 2021 and will be completed by August 12th, 2022. This is a full-time AmeriCorps member position. Members must complete 1720 hours of service.
Statement on Supplementation, duplication, or displacement of staff:
This position does not duplicate work of previous or existing employees or volunteers, supplant the hiring of workers, or include service of duties that have been performed or were performed by a current employee, an employee who recently resigned or was discharged, an employee subject to a reduction in force, or an employee who is on leave.
Service Environment Description and Inclusive Member Position Description Statement:
Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The above functions may be completed with or without reasonable accommodations. No persons involved with the program will discriminate based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation or disability. This position has recurring access to vulnerable populations.
Host Site Agency Mission:
The mission of Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF) is to support the parks departments operating in Truckee Meadows, including Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County parks. We do this primarily by providing in-park programming and opportunities for citizen engagement. TMPF is an independent, nonprofit organization that began operating in 2013. Our current programs focus on improving community health and wellness and developing people's appreciation for the natural and cultural history found in local parks.
The Student Stewards Program engages K-12 students in park-based, citizen science projects that encourage higher learning in science subjects.
Additional Guidelines or Expectations:
AmeriCorps members are required to wear at least one piece of AmeriCorps gear (AmeriCorps button), provided by the Parks Foundation, when serving during their term of service. When the member is facilitating a program, they should wear the t-shirt their site supervisor provides them with the AmeriCorps button pinned on this shirt. AmeriCorps members must participate in a minimum of three National Days of Service during their term of service and may participate in additional service projects. The AmeriCorps member must disclose all criminal convictions during application process and undergo National Service Criminal History Check and have no statutory exclusionary offenses to AmeriCorps service reported. The AmeriCorps member must be at least 17 years of age, and a US Citizen, US National, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.
Evaluation and Reporting:
Members will receive a mid-term and end-of-term performance evaluation from their site-supervisor and the AmeriCorps Program Director. Members will submit their biweekly Member Service Logs (timesheets) to their supervisor to be approved. Members are also responsible for reporting performance measures to their site supervisor and AmeriCorps Program Director every month during their term of service.
Cory King, Site Manager and Garden Educator
The Greenhouse Project
Devin Genovese, AmeriCorps Program Director
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation
Learn and apply innovative high desert farming techniques including infrastructure development, installation & maintenance as related to member service
Maintain diverse crops through pruning, harvesting, and cultivation
Prepare site for plantings and crop production
Assist and train volunteers to aid in production
Develop strategies to maximize time efficiency and production.
Serve as a host for visitors and student groups, leading tours and answering questions
Engage youth field trips and student groups in hands on activities
Successfully complete all required trainings
Recruit, manage and train volunteers to support programs and events as appropriate (e.g. school garden communities)
Collect and report program statistics
Participate in daily AmeriCorps team meetings
Serve in collaborative programs and events at other approved AmeriCorps Host Sites
Bachelor’s degree in education, science, or a related field;
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
Exceptional writing skills;
Strong communication skills;
Strong organizational skills;
High degree of initiative and spirit of service;
Experience working with students, teachers, and volunteers;
Preferred: strong understanding of education standards and experience in curriculum development;
Preferred: experience teaching in formal or informal settings;
Preferred: Reading, writing, and speaking competency in Spanish language.
Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:
Must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or agree to earn a high school diploma or equivalent before using an educational award. It would be useful if members have a Bachelor's degree in education, science, or a related field.
Compensation and Benefits
In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $16,000/year, health benefits during their service, and will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,345.00 upon successful completion of service.