Employment

Thank you for your interest in working for Upper Valley MEND. We have a job opening for summer 2018 with the Community Harvest Summer Food Rescue and Gleaning Program through Americorps VISTA program. See below for details and go to this link to apply:

 https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=60170&fromSearch=true

 

Host Site Information

SA Host Site Name: Upper Valley MEND

Supervisor Name: Chelsea Evans / Bob Mark           

Supervisor email: gleaning@uvmend.org / bob@uvmend.org (Chelsea is seasonal and won’t start until April, so you can contact Bob until then).

Supervisor phone: 509-548-0408

Description of Summer Associate project activities:

  • Gleaning
    • Build and maintain relationships with donors, volunteers, and community partners.
    • Schedule harvest events and coordinate volunteers for gleans during harvest season.
    • Host gleans, including leading volunteers and transporting gleaned crop to donation or storage sites.
    • Keep accurate records of seasonal activities.
  • Assist in managing purchasing contracts with farms
  • Outreach and communication
    • Updated and maintain flyers, Facebook page, email newsletters, and website.
    • Set up outreach tabling (1-2x/month) at farmers’ markets, and other local events as appropriate.
    • Schedule and give presentations to local clubs and groups.
  • Assist at Community Cupboard’s food bank as needed, including cashiering, assembling food boxes, restocking, etc.

Description of SA daily supervision:

Working with the acting Gleaning Coordinator, the SVA will daily:

  1. Gleaning:
    1. Contact past donors and inquire about opportunities to glean in current year, stay in touch with volunteers through email newsletters.
    2. When a donor offers a crop, schedule a glean event and publicize to volunteers. Gather supplies, send reminder email with directions and any relevant notes to volunteers one day prior to glean.
    3. Day of glean: set up, welcome and lead volunteers, load up, and deliver to food banks/warehouse/college.
    4. Send thank you cards and receipts to donor after gleans.
  2. Outreach:
    1. Table at the farmers markets (Leavenworth and Wenatchee) 1 or 2 times a month. In conjunction with other MEND programs or near the market info table.
    2. Make sure flyers are up (good project for volunteers), give presentations to interested community groups (Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, school groups, etc).
    3. For donor outreach we rely on word of mouth and checking in with farmers at farmers markets.
    4. For volunteer recruitment we get sign ups at our tabling events and follow up by email, as well as community presentations and posting on sites like Craigslist and VolunteerMatch.

Compensation

Position provides a living allownace of $1,026 per month + either an education award or end-of-service cash stipend.

 

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