Hope’s Harvest RI – Job Description and Posting

Food Rescue AmeriCorps Direct Service Member

Beginning April 5th, 2021

Hope’s Harvest RI seeks a full-time, seasonal Food Rescue AmeriCorps direct service member, who will support the rescue of surplus food from local farms and its distribution to food insecure individuals and families throughout Rhode Island. They will recruit and manage volunteers, lead food rescue (gleaning) trips, conduct program evaluations via data tracking and survey administration, create and disseminate volunteer and stakeholder communications via online newsletters and social media, and assist with annual volunteer engagement events and activities. Hope’s Harvest RI is fiscally sponsored by Farm Fresh RI, a food hub with many different programs working together to build a stronger food system in Rhode Island. Members must commit to a full time 25 weeks of service, from April 5 to September 26, 2021. The application deadline is March 1st, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

About the work: One in four Rhode Islanders rely on the emergency food system to meet their basic needs, a sharp increase since the previous year. In 2020, Hope’s Harvest RI rescued over 255,000 lbs of fresh, nutrient dense fruits and vegetables from local farms and delivered it to over 10,000 individuals a month via our network of emergency food providers. In 2021-22, we expect that Hope’s Harvest RI will rescue and distribute even more produce to our neighbors in need, while also supporting a robust network of volunteers and farms that make this work possible. Hope’s Harvest RI is fiscally sponsored by Farm Fresh RI, a food hub with many different programs working together to build a stronger food system in Rhode Island.

Position Responsibilities:

Volunteer recruitment and management – (full term) – (40%):

  • Conduct volunteer recruitment via online networking (webinars, newsletters, listservs) while virtual and at farmers markets, fairs/festivals, and other related community events when applicable during pandemic restrictions 
  • Reach out to local organizations, companies, colleges, and faith-based groups to schedule and hold recruitment and outreach events, online or in person when able
  • Onboard and provide training to all incoming volunteers to improve likelihood and quality of participation in gleaning activities
  • Update and ensure accurate volunteer data in CRM database
  • Communicate regularly with volunteers via newsletters and social media
  • Develop relevant newsletter content to share with our mailing list 
  • Stay up to date with current research and relevant information related to farm surplus rescue and management to inform communications activities

Lead food rescue trips (Summer/Fall 2021) – (40%):

  • Lead regular gleaning trips on farms throughout the harvest season, including pre- and post-trip administration 
  • Deliver food to hunger relief agency partners, ensuring compliance with Hope’s Harvest RI food safety SOPs
  • When working with volunteers, provide educational opportunities for ongoing learning about food systems, hunger relief, farming, and social justice, working towards greater literacy among our community and network
  • Track accomplishments and outcomes of food rescue operations
  • Document gleaning activities by taking photos in the field and uploading to the HHRI drive to use in communications and development materials

Communications and development (full term) – (10%):

  • Write blog posts detailing program activities to share on social media and our website
  • Support content creation for social media platforms to support ongoing stakeholder engagement and increase community awareness of program activities and impact
  • Support planning and logistics for annual volunteer orientation event in the spring 

Program tracking and evaluation (Year Round) – (10%):

  • Log all program activities and participation utilizing custom CRM database
  • Track key indicators and metrics (i.e. lbs of food rescued, volunteer hours, etc.), run regular reports, and update dashboards
  • Support administration of end-user beneficiary survey to better understand the impact of Hope’s Harvest RI program activities on food security indicators
  • Support additional stakeholder input gathering and analysis via online survey tools

Position schedule and timeline:

Members must commit to a full week, approx. 32 hour/week AmeriCorps full-time service term from April 5th 2021 to September 27th 2021 totaling 900 hours of service

Primary working hours will be Monday- Friday 8-4 with ability to work early evenings or weekends as needed. Member schedules can be flexible, and they will be in regular conversation about schedules with their direct supervisor.  

Members will be given the opportunity to fulfill all service hour requirements while also allowing for holidays, sick leave, and PTO.  Missed hours can be made up on site or off site depending on supervisor approval. All Members must participate in AmeriCorps national, state and local service projects as a part of their service term.

Orientation, Training & Evaluation

Members will receive one-on-one trainings on AmeriCorps program impacts, history, and prohibited activities, as well as an orientation to local food systems and food justice topics addressed by Hope’s Harvest RI programs. Training will not exceed more than 20% of the members total service hours completed.

All members will have opportunities for weekly one on one check-ins with supervisors as well as a six month and end of service performance evaluation. Members will be responsible for submitting weekly timesheets and monthly program narrative reports.

Benefits

  • $7000 living stipend, divided and paid in equal weekly installments
  • $3097.50 Segal Education Award (upon completion of 900 hours of service)
  • Student loan forbearance
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Professional development opportunities

Essential Functions:

  • Must have high school diploma/GED, college degree or working towards one preferred but not required
  • Be at least 17 years of age at the time of position commencement
  • Must be a US Citizen, U.S. National, or Permanent Resident and be able to provide documentation of citizenship
  • Must be willing to undergo a National Criminal History Background Check
  • Willing to work occasional weekends during the harvest season (at least 1-2x per month)
  • Able to build relationships with people from varied cultural, economic, educational, racial, and religious backgrounds.
  • Able to bend and lift loads up to 60 pounds repetitively 
  • Must hold a clean driving record, valid driver’s license, and reliable transportation
  • Must uphold AmeriCorps state and national branding and uniform standards
  • A self-starter and have the ability to maintain a self-motivating attitude
  • Able to collaborate and work as part of a team
  • Able to think, react, iterate, and redirect in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong and evolving commitment to anti-racism and actively confronting white supremacy as an end in itself and as a means towards liberation for all people. 
  • Comfortable working in farm fields in all types of New England weather. This typically includes hot and humid summer days, wet and cold autumn, and early winter conditions. 

Non-Essential Functions

  • Experience with CRM (Salesforce,) and/or training a plus
  • Excellent professional communication skills (written and verbal) preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite preferred
  • Spanish skills or other language skills are a plus
  • Background in adult education, leading volunteer/tour groups, and/or organizing service work teams.

About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, and fighting poverty. Members commit to a fixed term of service and receive a weekly living allowance and end of service education award.

To Apply: 

Complete this online application form. After filling out your application, please email your resume to Mollie Rose Siebert at mollierose@hopesharvest.org. Applications are due by March 1st, 2021, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Hope’s Harvest RI and its fiscal sponsor Farm Fresh Rhode Island are committed to equal opportunity in employment. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We’ve adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of racially, economically, and culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better outcomes for all. We are actively seeking candidates who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work. Farm Fresh Rhode Island is an Equal Opportunity Employer.