SPEND A YEAR GROWING SCHOOL GARDENS

Passionate about experiential education, urban agriculture, and investing in the future of Chicago’s youth? Spend a year doing what you love - and getting paid for it - by applying to become an Americorps Member with Gardeneers!

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WHAT DOES AN AMERICORPS MEMBER DO?
An Americorps Member is ready to get their hands dirty and able to commit full-time to Gardeneers’ invaluable 10-month experience. During your service year, you will be placed in a handful of schools, primarily in Chicago’s South and West Sides, where you will serve alongside an experienced Gardeneers’ Garden Educator. Your role will be to assist in providing hands-on garden education for students, turning the garden into a lively classroom, while providing students with access and knowledge to living a healthy lifestyle. In addition, you will be vital in maintaining the gardens so that our gardens exude beauty in the neighborhoods we serve. Lastly, you will aide in our community volunteer days, student-run community farm stands, and monthly events!

WHO ARE YOU?
You are an individual with a passion for gardening and environmental work who is dedicated to serving Chicago's youth. While previous experience is encouraged, Gardeneers will train Americorps Members to gain the necessary gardening and educating skills. The ideal candidate has an open-mind, is committed to 10 months of intense service, punctual, and resilient.

Americorps requires all applicants be 18 years or older and a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident.  Americorps also requires you pass a criminal background check and are not registered on the U.S. sex offender registry.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Each Americorps Member will receive a monthly living stipend, health benefits, the option of student loan deferment, and an education award (upon completion of 1700 hours of service).

WHEN:
We are looking for candidates who can commit from February 19 to December, 2019. This service requirement is full-time and will require you to be available some weekends.

WHAT IS AMERICORPS?
It is important to understand, this is not a job with Gardeneers. It is a year-long service opportunity, where individuals (called Americorps Members), will serve alongside Gardeneers’ Garden Educators.

INTERESTED IN APPLYING?
Send a cover letter and resume to Alex Rosen, Program Director, at Alex@gardeneers.org with the header “Americorps Applicant.” No phone calls, please. Application deadline for 2019 Americorps Service is January 5. Position will begin February 19, 2019.

Note: Gardeneers will be accepting applications on a rolling submission basis. Once all eight positions are filled, we will no longer be accepting applications.