Be a Mentor and Leader to Build a Thriving, Sustainable Local Food System in Your Community; Apply to Be a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator

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The Volunteer Maryland Coordinator (VMC) will recruit and manage volunteers for the Ecosystem Farm Volunteer Days.  The VMC will do concentrated outreach to schools and youth groups to engage students in volunteer activities such as weeding, composting, building raised beds, transplanting and harvesting crops.  The VMC may also engage students in service learning projects as well.  The VMC will work closely with staff to identify projects and coordinate volunteer efforts on the Ecosystem Farm.  The VMC will also engage volunteers to help with trail maintenance and work with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps member to recruit volunteers to help construct a rain garden.

This is an 11 month, full-time (40 hours/week) position as a member of the Volunteer Maryland (VM) AmeriCorps program serving at Accokeek Foundation. Volunteer Maryland Coordinators (VMCs) are responsible for developing and implementing a volunteer program as agreed to in the VM site partnership negotiations that occurred in spring, 2012.  The VMC service year will begin on September 26, 2012 and conclude on August 13, 2013; Volunteer Maryland Coordinators are expected to complete 1,700 hours of service during the term.

BENEFITS:

Full-time VMCs receive a living stipend of $13,000, an education award of $5,550, and health insurance if they are not already covered.  They may also qualify for a child care allowance.  Other benefits include mileage reimbursement for site-related travel, student loan deferment, professional training, valuable networking opportunities, working with a dedicated team of AmeriCorps members and staff, and making a real difference in a local community.  The Accokeek Foundation does offer paid professional training opportunities to personnel (webinars, workshops, conferences).  The VMC would also be able to participate in classes and workshops offered through its stewardship and farmer training programming.

DUTIES:

  • Develop a written work plan and timeline for implementation.
  • Develop program materials such as a policy and procedure manual, volunteer position descriptions, promotional fliers or brochures, and screening, training, and evaluation tools.
  • Recruit volunteers.  Outreach methods may include:  presentations to schools, youth groups, tabling at events and utilizing social media.
  • Screen volunteers as necessary; procedures might include interviews, reference checks, and criminal background checks.
  • Develop and facilitate orientation and training for Ecosystem Farm volunteers.
  • Supervise volunteers; and work with staff to develop and implement recognition activities for volunteers such as special events, awards, gifts, etc.
  • Maintain accurate records of volunteer participation.
  • Evaluate progress made in achieving the program’s goals; report on progress in statistical and narrative reports for Volunteer Maryland.
  • Develop community partnerships to support the volunteer program.
  • Perform direct community service each week (up to four hours each week).
  • Serve as public ambassador for the Service Site, Volunteer Maryland, and AmeriCorps.
  • Participate in VM and AmeriCorps training, service projects, and other activities.
  • VMCs may be assigned other volunteer program duties during the course of the service year by the Service Site Supervisor.

TO APPLY:

Download and complete the Volunteer Maryland Coordinator Application, and return with a professional resume. Applications must be received by Friday, August 17, and the position will be filled by September 7

Send Application To:

Anjela Barnes
Accokeek Foundation
3400 Bryan Point Road
Accokeek, MD 20607

or by emailing volunteers [at] accokeek [dot] org.

MORE INFORMATION:

VMC Fact Sheet

Complete Accokeek Foundation VMC Position Description

 

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