College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

Community Engagement Assistant

Civic Works  |  Posted: Jan 30 2017


Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Civic Works’ Real Food Farm is a fruit and vegetable farm in Northeast Baltimore. We work at our home farm in Clifton Park and at our Perlman Place farm and community garden. We grow over 10 tons of fruits and vegetables to sell in East and West Baltimore every year. We also value sharing knowledge and skills about how to eat and grow good food. This year, we are hiring 1 Community Engagement Assistant to serve 25 hours/ week from February through September. More info below.

The Community Engagement Assistant is responsible for assisting with following through on community programming including quarterly events, workshare program and community events; recruitment and organizing participants; and other community outreach and engagement initiatives. The Community Engagement Assistant will occasionally participate in Real Food Farm’s farm related task such seeding, transplanting, watering, etc. This position is suited for Baltimore-based individual interested in community building for the operations of our farms.

This position is a 450-hour Civic Works AmeriCorps position which includes a modest biweekly stipend, skills training, and an education award upon completion of service. The Production Assistant will gain extensive first-hand knowledge of sustainable, organic farming practices, volunteer management skills, and food retail experience. Real Food Farm will support and encourage opportunities for professional development in the sustainable agriculture field during the term. Surplus produce is available for all farm team members on a weekly basis. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be: at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check. As an AmeriCorps member you may NOT participate in the following activities:

  • Political Advocacy: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in political advocacy. They cannot advocate for legislation or for a political candidate in any way. They cannot conduct voter registration drives or lobby government officials at any level. 
  • Religious Instruction: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in religious instruction. They cannot conduct religious studies, prayer groups, pastoral counseling, or any other activity promoting or providing information about religion. This does not prohibit AmeriCorps members from participating in non-religious activities at religious meetings or services.
  • Abortion Referrals: AmeriCorps members cannot provide abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services.
  • Clerical Service: AmeriCorps members may engage in clerical activities, such as photocopying, stuffing envelopes or answering phones for their own project. They cannot engage in these activities in assisting another person.
  • Fund Raising: AmeriCorps members cannot seek in-kind donations and assist with fund raising events, mailings, or other activities, write grants (or portions of grants) or participate in capital fund raising activities or campaigns.


Position Responsibilities:

This position is suited for Baltimore-based individual interested in community building for the operations of our farms.

  • Build and implement plan to engage neighbors in farm programming including local for profit businesses and community organizations
  • Actively attend community events hosted by Real Food Farm and partners Croppy Hour at Perlman Place (evening activities)
  • Work closely with the lead community engagement assistant and team to plan and coordinate
  • Canvass in the surrounding neighborhoods by doorknocking, phonebanking, and tabling The farm is a quickly changing workplace that requires teamwork, cooperation, and a cando spirit. As part of the team, the community engagement assistant must bring a good attitude and help out as needed with many other duties, including:
  • Clean up the farm, cooler, and office; keep both farms beautiful
  • Participate in team meetings and community engagement meetings; help plan and attend special farm events
  • Teach other team members new skills; share your knowledge This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for more experience in community organizing and event planning. Community engagement assistants will:
  • Attend regular classes on organic farming
  • Attend field trips to other classes and farm tours in the state
  • Attend and cultivate relationships with local community organizations, schools, and churches


Qualifications:

Be interested in community relations, event planning/hosting, farming, and/or the public speaking.

  • Have a driver’s license OR be willing to get one.
  • Be able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Be willing to work in all weather: rain, heat, wind, and cold.
  • Be willing to start working at or before 9:00 am.
  • Be willing to learn, teach, and share with your co-workers and community.


Application Instructions:

  • First, apply for the position through AmeriCorps by visiting myamericorps.gov to login or create a myAmeriCorps account and search listings for “Real Food Farm.”
  • Next, send a 1) letter of interest and 2) a resume or completed application to Myeasha Taylor, Real Food Farm, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213 or via email to mtaylor@civicworks.com with “Community Engagement Assistant” in the subject line.
  • Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, February 15, 2016. Interviews will take place beginning in mid February. The start date for this position is expected to be on or around March 7, 2016.
  • If you have any questions about Real Food Farm or the position, please contact Myeasha at mtaylor@civicworks.com or call 443-531-8346.


Position Closing Date:

Monday, February 20, 2017


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