The Valley Educational Gardens Initiative (VEGI) is hiring for two (2) positions- with at least one through AmeriCorps- to assist with VEGI's educational programming in San Luis Valley schools and to assist with garden production during the main growing season.
The two positions are:
Summer Intern: May 15- August 1, 2017. application deadline: 3-1-2017
VEGI's summer Intern will assist with various aspects of VEGI's programming throughout our main growing season. Our Intern will teach garden-based educational lessons focused on nutrition and environmental awareness through our partner sites, help maintain our school and community gardens, harvest vegetables for the Food Bank, and will provide general program support during our busy summer months.
The preferred candidate would have an interest in and passion for teaching kids and youth, environmental education, organic food production, and community development. 1-2 years experience working or volunteering on a farm/garden and/or experience teaching kids or older youth (environmental awareness, leadership, etc) would serve as an asset in fulfilling this position. Experience working with children/youth, volunteers, and/or diverse populations would prepare a candidate for the teaching and group leading that this position requires. A qualified candidate would be hard-working, enthusiastic, and willing to jump into a dynamic organization and contribute to our mission, which is to grow healthy food and healthy eaters through our community food growing operations and garden-based lessons and summer programs. An ideal candidate would be looking to give back to a small town community with a great need, and to apply themselves through leading and co-leading programming. Spanish language skills a plus, as well as skills in working with marginalized populations.
Meals would be on your own, with the exception of group meals that your host family may provide, free meals provided 3 times a day at the Shelter we work through which you are welcome to attend, and free produce you can take home from the gardens. This position automatically qualifies for SNAP food assistance benefits, which can be redeemed at our local Farmers Market, the Valley Food Co-op, and local grocery stores. We also hold regular potlucks in the gardens!
A monthly living stipend of $250 will be provided.
This position includes housing with a local couple or family, which La Puente will coordinate.
2. Full time Community Garden Coordinator begins in the Fall : details
Please visit our website to learn about La Puente and all the programs: http://www.lapuente.net
The Valley Educational Gardens Initiative (VEGI) is a program of La Puente that serves the Alamosa, Del Norte, and Blanca-Ft. Garland communities through youth garden and nutrition education, as well as provides healthy, fresh food for the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley and La Puente Homeless shelter. VEGI has two garden spaces - a community garden and a school garden which are the classroom spaces for students and allow hands-on and experiential learning. VEGI also manages a GrowDome greenhouse and a hoophouse for growing food in the extended season. VEGI is a dynamic community-founded organization that works to promote nutrient-dense eating habits and the goodness of locally grown gardens.
For application questions and inquiries:
Director of Education and Engagement
Volunteer Coordination and Community Education
La Puente Home
For questions about the VEGI program:
Director, Valley Educational Gardens Initiative (VEGI)
La Puente Home
(719) 589-4567 ext. 102