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FruitShare Outreach and Development Specialist

The Green Urban Lunch Box is seeking a FruitShare Outreach and Development Specialist through the Harvest Against Hunger AmeriCorps VISTA program. This is a brand new role at our organization, and we are very excited to offer this opportunity. 

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging the community in local food production to make fresh food accessible and affordable. Our mission is to empower people to engage in local food production by using the resources available in their community in new and creative ways. Our programs include the FruitShare community harvest program, the Back-Farms program for low-income seniors, the Small Farms Initiative, and other programs that support our core mission. 

A decade ago, the organization was founded as a mobile greenhouse with the idea that food can be grown in creative spaces in urban environments. As we still have the bus, our programming has evolved and continues to support community engagement in food production and the ever-present issues of healthy food and nutrition access.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is looking to become an active participant in the local food movement in SLC. We are seeking the right candidate who is ready to dive into our team and our community to help develop our FruitShare program and outreach for our organization. This person must be highly organized, have great time management skills, demonstrate flexibility in a small non-profit work setting, has a strong work ethic and is passionate about food. 

The job description that follows is our best understanding of this role, but of course, responsibilities may change over time depending on the growth of the organization and the strengths of the selected candidate.

This is a full time 40/week position with a one year AmeriCorps VISTA commitment. Directly reports to the Executive Director.

Diversity Statement

The Green Urban Lunch Box is an inclusive organization and values candidates with diverse backgrounds and life experiences and does not discriminate based on sex, color, disability, age, military status, gender identity, pregnancy, or national identity.

 Responsibilities

  • Development (20%)
    • Prospect new funding sources for FruitShare Program.
    • Research new opportunities for in-kind donations. 
    • Develop and create documents outlining Giving Tuesday strategy including dates, social media posts, and language to use for future campaigns.
    • Generate reports at the end of year to be used in communicating FruitShare’s impact to the community, funders, and program participants.
  • Individual Giving and Membership (20%)
    • Support Executive Director in growing GULB’s membership program
    • Cultivate relationships with existing FruitShare homeowners and develop them into members
    • Continually engage members and ensure benefits are distributed 
    • Track all interactions and engagement activities in our CRM (salesforce)
    • Write thank-you notes, call, email, and prepare documents for a wide range of stakeholders
    • Collaborate with the Board Events Committee to develop and implement spring seed pick up party for members
  • Grant Writing and Reporting (25%)
    • Seek out, prepare, and submit grant proposals for FruitShare
    • Coordinate the gathering and tracking of information and goals
    • Track, prepare, and submit all grant-related reporting for FruitShare
  • Outreach (25%)
    • Coordinate and schedule tabling opportunities at local community events.
    • Attend and engage the community during tabling events through an enticing tabling set up-this can be developed and implemented to be used in future years.
    • Develop and distribute weekly volunteer newsletter through mailchimp platform. 
    • Coordinate and plan volunteer appreciation events and sentiments with other staff members and events Board Committee
  • General Tasks (10%)
    • Engage in Harvest Against Hunger VISTA cohort monthly meetings
    • Complete Harvest Against Hunger Produce Recovery Resource Guide and monthly reports 
    • Update the FruitShare bible to include a tabling toolkit
    • Attend weekly staff meetings
    • Other Administrative tasks as assigned 

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • Familiarity with digital media and technology for operations, collaborating, and fundraising
  • Strong writing skills with experience writing for grants
  • Experience engaging with diverse populations in public spaces
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to manage communications multiple spaces

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Strong desire to learn about non-profit development
  • Has a solid professional work ethic and demonstrates flexibility
  • Passion for farming/growing, tree management, horticulture, urban farming, food justice, or food production
  • Experience working collaboratively and connecting with diverse individuals

Salary and Benefits

  • AmeriCorps VISTA provides a bi-weekly living stipend of $575.40 for the duration of the the term of service
  • Upon successful completion of the term of service, an education award of $6,495 will be distributed 

Benefits:

  • Relocation Allowance
  • Child Care assistance
  • Health coverage 
  • 20 week CSA Share

If you are interested, please apply at the AmeriCorps VISTA website here.  We will be taking applications on a rolling basis until we find the right candidate. If you have any questions about the application process, the position, or the organization, please contact Katie at katie@gulb.org for more information.

AmeriCorps Harvest Leader Position

The Green Urban Lunch Box is hiring a 1200 hr AmeriCorps Harvest Leader Position in our FruitShare program. This position is based in Salt Lake City, UT and will begin on January 9, 2023 and end on October 31, 2023. The AmeriCorps Harvest Leader is an essential team member who will support our mission to rescue fruit from going to waste to feed hungry families with healthy and fresh food. The Harvest Leader position is offered through Utah Conservation Corps, and is a great opportunity to learn about how to care for and harvest fruit trees, community organizing, and hunger relief efforts in our community. Join us this season and apply today!

Primary Duties

  • Prune fruit trees around the city in the winter time
  • Fertilize fruit trees with organic compost tea in the spring
  • Thin and harvest fruit trees in the spring-fall season
  • Educate homeowners and volunteers about fruit tree care and fruit rescue
  • Lead community harvest events with volunteers
  • Organize fruit harvested for distribution
  • Attend staff meetings 2x/month and participate in organizational events

AmeriCorps Requirements

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • At least age 18 by the start of service term
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must undergo and pass a National Criminal History Check
  • Eligible to serve in an AmeriCorps State/National term
  • Commitment to completing their Term of Service (start date-end date)

Training/Professional Development you will receive:

  •  Training on urban fruit tree care and harvesting techniques
  •  Training on organic fertilizing techniques
  •  Data collection, validation, and reporting training
  •  Volunteer Management Training

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to work 30hrs/week
  • Physical ability to lift 50 lbs, carry ladders, and climb trees
  • A valid Utah driver’s license
  • A positive and professional manner with diverse populations

Compensation:

This is a 1200 hr AmeriCorps position that comes with these benefits:

  • $11,399 living allowance (paid in even disbursements throughout

term of service)

  •  $4,441.50 education award (available to members after successful service term)
  •  Federal student loan forbearance and workers comp for all members. 

Benefits:

  • A weekly CSA share provided by The Green Urban Lunch Box for 20 weeks during the growing season
  • Access to all farmer education classes in our Small Farm Initiative 
  • Flexible schedule

If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Katie Nelson at katie@gulb.org by December 9th, 2022.

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