Job Summary:
The GardenShare Advocate position is a 300-hour AmeriCorps position offered through Utah Conservation Corps and is a great opportunity to learn about the impact of food waste on our planet as well as how to implement a community solution to food waste and food insecurity. This position will specifically be focused on our farmers and backyard gardens and growing our base of volunteer collection sites and building awareness of our program to home gardeners. The GardenShare Advocate will seek opportunities to interface with the community in Salt Lake and Utah County to get the word out about food waste and food insecurity issues and how home gardeners can be part of the solutions. Join us to learn about how to advocate and engage the community while serving your community as an AmeriCorps service member.

Contract Period:
Jun 1 – Sep 30 (300 hours)

Primary Duties:
Perform Community Volunteer Mobilization and Events related to Environmental Stewardship, and environmental education
Develop a data tracking plan and collect and report AmeriCorps impact data timely and accurately
Seek opportunities to engage with the community to enlist volunteers to become collection sites; deliver coolers to these individuals
Seek opportunities to engage with home gardeners so they are aware of our program
Build relationships with local farmers for gleaning opportunities, set up such events, mobilize volunteers, and run events
Manage distribution and record keeping of our GardenShare program across Salt Lake, Utah, and Weber counties
Coordinate backyard GardenShare pickups through the growing season

Training/Professional Development you will receive:
Training on the use and oversight of our Food Rescue US tool that is used to manage our food rescues from GardenShare sites
Data collection and reporting training
Volunteer Management Training

This is a 300-hour individual placement position through the Utah State University, Utah Conservation Corps (USU-UCC), AmeriCorps Program. USU-UCC will provide the AmeriCorps member with a living allowance of $2,913 in total, which will be paid in even, bimonthly disbursements throughout the service term. In addition, members are eligible for an education award of $1,342 after the successful service term. Federal student loan deferment during service, and optional USU university credit hours. Additional benefits of this position include professional development opportunities, holidays off, and fresh produce.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Conservation, Support Staff, Teaching/Education

Required Skills:

AmeriCorps Requirements:
Be a United States citizen, U.S. national, or a lawful permanent resident alien of the United States;
Be at least 18 years of age
Have a high school diploma or GED or work towards obtaining one while in the program. It is a requirement to obtain a high school diploma or GED before one is eligible to use the Education Award.
Must be clear of any record on the National Sex Offender Public Registry. Must have a criminal record clear of any conviction(s) for murder.

Preferred Skills:

Additional Requirements (optional, but encouraged):
Physical ability to lift 50 lbs and carry boxes of produce
A valid driver's license and a reliable vehicle
A positive and professional manner with diverse populations

About Waste Less Solutions

Organization Description:
Waste Less Solutions is a Utah non-profit organization dedicated to the education, prevention, and diversion of food waste in Utah. Our main focus is on education via speaking events, cooking classes, media, speaking engagements, and diversion by means of our food rescue program.
Through a smartphone app, our volunteers rescue edible food that would otherwise go to waste and transport it to receiving agencies to feed those who are food insecure. Food is rescued from caterers, cafeterias, restaurants, food distributors, farmers' markets, farmers as well as backyard gardens.

Application Instructions

How to Apply: Please send the following materials to [email protected] with “300-hour UCC AmeriCorps GardenShare Advocate” in the subject line: • Resume or work experience • Names, titles, and phone numbers of two professional references • Answers to the following questions: 1. Why are you interested in this position? 2. What strengths will you bring to this position and our team?