The Greenhouse Project AmeriCorps Program
Crew Member Position Description
Cory King, Site Manager and Garden Educator
The Greenhouse Project
Heidi Anderson, AmeriCorps Program Director
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation
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 Position Summary:
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.
● 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.
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 multi-task 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
Program Mission: The mission of The Greenhouse Project AmeriCorps Program is to teach members about gardening and horticulture while engaging them in service to further our mission to grow fresh produce for the needy in our community.
Additional Guidelines or Expectations:
AmeriCorps members are required to wear at least one piece of AmeriCorps gear (AmeriCorps button), provided by the Parks Foundation, every day 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.
AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $13,732, a $5,920 education award upon successful completion of service, healthcare, childcare coverage (for eligible members), and professional development opportunities throughout their term of service. If the member qualifies, they will also receive student loan forbearance and interest payments.
Evaluation and Reporting:
Members will receive a mid-year 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.