The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is recruiting a part-time AmeriCorps member to serve all of Waupaca County, hosted by the Waupaca County UW-Extension office.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Nutrition Educators deliver nutrition and garden-based education to students grades K-12 with an initial focus on the elementary grades in Waupaca County. They also introduce fresh local foods through tastings, chef-in-classroom programs, and other in-class activities. They connect farmers to the classroom through in-class programing, farm visits, and special presentations. Nutrition Educators work closely with teachers, school staff, and the host site supervisor to arrange and develop lessons. Occasionally, Nutrition Educators will also be asked to participate in community events highlighting Farm to School.
Experience not necessary but applicants desirably possess these qualities:
- Have an interest and/or previous knowledge of farm to school programing, garden education, nutrition education, teaching, working with children, or agriculture
- Work well independently and as a part of a team
- Enjoy working with students and teachers in a school setting
- Have a desire to improve their communities and schools through healthy living advocacy
- Be comfortable working in a diverse environment
Members gain exposure to networking, planning, curriculum development, volunteer management, and more. Members also receive a living stipend, Segal Education Award upon successful program completion, limited travel reimbursement, and the opportunity to attend a professional state conference.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, possess a high school diploma or GED, legal US citizen or permanent resident alien, and pass state and federal background checks. This program is available to all, without regards to race, color, national origin, disability, sex, political affiliation, or religion.
One-year commitment from mid-August 2017- mid-August 2018.
Flexible work schedule, about 20 hours per week. Availability is required during school hours. Some special events on weekends.
AmeriCorps members will receive a modest living allowance, student loan deferment, and an education award at the end of service. Limited reimbursement will be provided for travel to participating communities and training.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINE:
Please submit a resume, two professional references, and a letter of interest including a statement explaining why you think farm-to-school is important for Wisconsin schools by July 21, 2017
Emailed applications are preferred. Please email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions, call (715) 258-6480
UW-Extension, Waupaca County Courthouse, 811 Harding Street Waupaca WI, 54981
Additional information on the Wisconsin Farm to School Program can be found at: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing_WI/FarmToSchool.aspx