Urban Farm & Food Access Coordinator
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South

19 Court Street, 2nd Floor, Taunton, Ma 02780
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Urban Farm & Food Access Coordinator

Status Actively recruiting
Openings 2 Half-Time
Service dates August 22, 2022 - June 24, 2023

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Manage existing inventory system to track the produce outputs of the Freight Farm and manage the produce for the Kids Café program and the community distribution program, with the support of the Camp Riverside Executive Director.
  • Recruit at least 15 community volunteers to support the operations, outputs, and educational components of the Freight Farms.
  • Collaborate with the Nutrition team to evaluate current menus and develop youth-centered listening sessions and focus centered around exciting, diverse culinary experiences.
  • Organize and implement the monthly Brockton Clubhouse food pantry with the Teen Department and
  • Keystone Club Members. Pantry responsibilities may include support of partner organization efforts.
  • Support the lesson implementation at the facility, including coordinating time for field trips, giving demonstrations to students, and serving as a knowledgeable resource for youth visiting the facility.
  • Complete a minimum of 750 hours of service, serving through June 24, 2023.
  • Attend a minimum of 6 Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA post orientation.
  • Participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of MSA-related activities each week. This may include filling out timesheets, completing a bi-monthly reflection or check-in, or other MSA-related tasks or activities.

Marginal Responsibilities:

  • Participate in BGCMS training and development programs
  • Attend Clubhouse monthly meetings and leadership events, and BGCMS organizational-wide events.
  • Maintain and expand existing relationships and identify new local partners as sources of collaboration throughout our service region.
  • Be a part of the greater Commonwealth Corps community, including participating in cross-site learning groups, writing a short profile for the CC newsletter, connecting with other members on our online platforms, and attending optional social/service events.

Southeastern, MA

Living allowance Stipend of $550 semi-monthly while in service, up to $11,550 minus taxes and withholdings;
Benefits What You’ll Get:
  • Stipend of $550 semi-monthly while in service, up to $11,550 minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more;
  • Completion award of up to $2,000 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA)
  • Extensive training from MSA with a diversity, equity and inclusion focus and other professional development opportunities;
  • Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
  • Internet reimbursement up to $50/month while required to complete some service from home;
  • Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to that agency's policies;
  • Mental Health/Personal Day once per month counting towards 4hrs
  • The opportunity for at least 5 days of planned absences (may include holidays, does not count towards hours requirement);
Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.
Desired skills, certifications or qualifications

You must be:

  • A Massachusetts resident (see guidelines here) with legal authorization to work in the U.S.
  • 18 years of age at minimum (member age range is 18 – 70+ years old).
  • Excited to give back to your community and interested in developing your skills and gaining new professional experiences.
  • Able to balance service internship commitments with personal commitments in a sustainable way.
  • Proficient with technology, including Microsoft suite and Google.
  • Understanding and appreciative of the mission, vision, and values of BGCMS.
  • A strong communicator, including the ability to present in front of large groups, interact with and motivate volunteers, and represent the organization at community events.
  • Able to relate effectively to diverse groups of people and be comfortable in a highly collaboratively, fast- paced team environment.
  • Highly organized, with attention to detail, and interested in project management.
  • Committed to professionalism including high expectations and standards of quality and a strong work ethic.
  • Able to travel between all BGCMS Clubhouse/site locations via personal or public transportation.

It would also be great if you are:

  • Interested in gardening (traditional or hydroponic) or general agriculture.
  • Interested in volunteering with youth or in an educational setting.
  • Proficient or fluent in Spanish, Cape Verdean, or Haitian Creole – multi-lingual candidates are encouraged to apply.
Desired Languages Proficient or fluent in Spanish, Cape Verdean, or Haitian Creole
Other conditions
Weekly Hours Service commitment 20 hours per week during the following days/times: Weekdays between 9 am – 5 pm with potential to flex hours and up to 2 weekend commitments per month with two weeks’ notice provided. Members will be required to serve in-person.
Our mission To nurture strong minds, healthy bodies, and community spirit through youth-driven, high-impact programs in safe and fun environments
Children, Education, Life Skills, Poverty