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Seed Preservation Specialist (AmeriCorps)

Iowa Community Corps AmeriCorps opportunity hosted by Seed Savers Exchange 

POSITION PURPOSE AND GOALS: The Iowa Community Corps AmeriCorps program helps build strong communities by responding  to public health needs through food security and resource navigation efforts. Iowa Community Corps members support community based organizations by improving the capacity, quality, and cultural competency of the services they provide. Iowa Community Corps  members also build human infrastructure for organizations through volunteer and community engagement. Lastly, Iowa Community  Corps members receive training and professional development to help build a strong workforce of Community Health Workers in Iowa.  

Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) stewards America’s culturally diverse and endangered garden and food crop legacy for present and  future generations. SSE educates and connects people through collecting, regenerating, and sharing heirloom seeds, plants, and  stories. SSE seed varieties make up an irreplaceable genetic resource that helps guarantee the security of Iowa’s future food supply.  

SSE is hosting an Iowa Community Corps AmeriCorps member to build capacity for their seed preservation collection and develop educational, outreach, and volunteer opportunities.  

SERVICE DATE: Must start on or before April 1, 2024
HOURS/WEEK: 21 hours per week (3 days per week, 7 hour shifts)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2024 

LOCATION:
Seed Savers Exchange
3094 North Winn Road
Decorah, Iowa 52101 

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

Iowa Community Corps – Related Service Activities: 

  • Attend program orientation and monthly training/check-ins with AmeriCorps Program Planner 
  • Complete the Community Health Worker Professional Training Program 
  • By the end of your term, create a sustainability plan that summarizes your capacity building activities and lays out a plan to  sustain them after your exit from the program.  

Position/Site Specific Member Service Activities: 

  • Increase SSE’s capacity to germinate and identify culturally significant seeds in the preservation collection
  • Coordinate and/or attend a minimum of 2 seed swaps to educate the public and share SSE’s collection of seeds. 
  • Develop a volunteer program to
    • reduce food waste by donating produce from SSE test plot to the local food pantry
    • create and implement an educational element for visitors in the SSE visitor garden

LIVING ALLOWANCE & BENEFITS 

Iowa Community Corps AmeriCorps members are expected to work 21 hours per week, for 36 weeks and will receive a living allowance  in the amount of $8,201. Upon successful completion of AmeriCorps service, AmeriCorps members will receive an education award of  $2,626.27 which can be used towards tuition or to pay back qualified student loans.  

AmeriCorps members are also eligible for student loan forbearance.  

Depending on other household resources, AmeriCorps members may also be eligible to receive SNAP Benefits. 

Desired Skills/Qualifications 

  • Comfortable engaging with the public 
  • Attention to detail and database experience 
  • Works well within a team dynamic 
  • General interest in the mission of Seed Savers Exchange 
  • Energy to work indoors and outdoors, in varying weather and temperatures 

APPLICATION PROCESS 

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to [email protected]. Please include  ‘AmeriCorps Heritage Farm Experience Position’ in the subject line of the email. Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.

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