Oregon Food Bank is looking for a Garden Education Coordinator(AmeriCorps)

Published on June 3, 2015 under Uncategorized

Oregon Food Bank is looking for a Garden Education Coordinator(AmeriCorps) — please see attached for more details.


To apply, send resume, cover letter and 3 references to Christine Hadekel, Garden Education and Training Coordinator at or submit them online at


No phone calls, please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until deadline (June 30th, 2015). 





The Confluence AmeriCorps program advances environmental justice through innovative partnerships with local organizations in the Portland metropolitan area. These positions are life changing service opportunities where the Member engages in addressing critical, environmental needs in low-income communities and communities of color. This position is a dynamic combination of serving with a Project Partner on a dedicated project (80%) and joining a team of other Confluence AmeriCorps Members for professional and leadership development opportunities (20%).



September 9, 2015 – July 29, 2016 (11 months – 1700 hours)



Oregon Food Bank



Garden Education Coordinator



In partnership with the Confluence Environmental Center, the Garden Education Coordinator (the “Coordinator”) will enhance the capacity of Oregon Food Bank (OFB) to provide garden education to underserved adults in Portland’s tri-county metropolitan area through OFB’s bilingual garden education outreach program Seed to Supper / Siembra la Cena. The Coordinator will build on the successes of previous AmeriCorps members to coordinate 30 metro-area Seed to Supper classes. In addition to Seed to Supper coordination duties (60% of Coordinator’s time), the Coordinator will engage the community through outreach and tabling events (10%) and support hands-on activities in OFB’s Learning Gardens (10%). The Coordinator will participate in Confluence led professional development activities: Professional Development Series, completing a Change Agent Project, team meetings, National Service events and other self-directed development opportunities (20%).


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (to include, but not limited to):

  • Coordinate at least 30 Seed to Supper courses in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with community organizations that serve low-income adults.
  • Assist in training volunteer garden educators to teach Seed to Supper courses, and as needed, assist with teaching or in-class administrative/observation duties.
  • Maintain agency and volunteer records, set up program calendar, perform agency site visits and orientations; streamline and document improvements to existing Seed to Supper course coordination systems.
  • With OFB’s staff, collect stories and photographs that highlight the Seed to Supper experiences of host agency representatives, volunteer educators, and class participants.
  • Table at the City of Portland’s Fix-It Fairs and OFB’s annual Metro partner agency conference.
  • Support garden projects at OFB’s two on-site Learning Gardens.
  • Complete and submit all necessary Confluence/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
  • Abide by Confluence and AmeriCorps program policies.
  • Attend and complete all Confluence/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, training’s, team meetings and national service days.
  • Wear Confluence uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events.



  • Knowledge of, and strong interest in, vegetable gardening and community food security.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with diverse stakeholders; ability to build strong community partnerships; ability to understand the needs of low-income families and individuals.
  • Strong coordination and organization skills; ability to independently manage complex projects with attention to detail; ability to handle interruptions, maintain focus, meet deadlines and produce accurate service.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; mastery of English grammar, spelling and usage; ability to make presentations and develop engaging hands-on gardening lesson plans.
  • Proficiency with (or ability to quickly learn) Microsoft Windows and Office environment (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher) and standard office equipment.
  • Safe driving record, current vehicle insurance and ability to use personal vehicle for OFB business (mileage reimbursement for service-related travel); ability to travel frequently between OFB and community sites.
  • Ability to serve in variety of garden and office settings inside and outside Oregon Food Bank; ability to serve in a variety of weather conditions, including heat, sun, rain, cold and wind.
  • Ability to serve outside normal service hours, such as evenings and weekends. Typical schedule is Mon-Fri.
  • A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a diverse team.
  • 18 years of age or older, at beginning of service term.
  • U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving award.
  • Ability to commit to the full term of service for which they are applying.
  • Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through the Individuals State of Residence, State of Service, and FBI criminal identification systems. Also, must obtain a satisfactory report from the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) prior to the start of the position.
  • Regular and reliable attendance and dependability.
  • AmeriCorps Members can enroll in multiple terms of service that add up to the value of two full-time education awards. In other words, you can blend summer, part-time and full-time service positions and receive awards as long as the combined service terms don’t exceed two full terms. You can also serve additional terms and elect not to receive an award. Please see for full information.



  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus.
  • Experience in sustainable vegetable gardening or agriculture, especially in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Experience teaching, facilitating trainings, or leading group learning using Popular Education approaches.
  • Experience working with and training volunteers; previous experience as a volunteer.
  • Experience with adult education program delivery.
  • Experience with program coordination.
  • Knowledge of food assistance programs, hunger and food justice issues, and/or experience with social service agencies.



  • A taxable, monthly living allowance ($12,530 paid over the term of service).
  • Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible members receive an education award of $5,730. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans or for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or trade schools. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used.
  • Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable).
  • Basic medical insurance (covers members only, not dependents).
  • Child care allowance for those who qualify.
  • May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities.
  • Mobile phone reimbursement of $30 per month (if phone is used for service.)



  • Main office at OFB West, 1870 N.W. 173rd Ave., Beaverton, OR 97006. Occasional service at OFB Headquarters, 7900 NE 33rd Drive, Portland, OR 97211. Offsite sites throughout Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties.



  • Reliable, insured personal transportation required. Mileage will be reimbursed for service-related activities.
  • Mileage reimbursement for service-related travel beyond regular commute



People of color, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Confluence is committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. Confluence is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. Oregon Food Bank is interested and willing to have conversations about racial justice and equity within our organization and with the work we do. Confluence provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees as required by law. Applicants may request a reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.





STEP 1: Apply to Project Supervisor:

Email the following items by June 30th 2015 to Christine Hadekel, Garden Education and Training Coordinator at or submit them online at . No phone calls, please.

  • résumé
  • cover letter
  • contact information for three references


Project Supervisor will conduct all initial interviews and recommend a candidate for this position by July 31, 2015.


STEP 2: Apply to Confluence:

Complete this step before or right after Step 1. Application materials are completed online at the AmeriCorps website and submitted to a Confluence position.

A complete application includes:

  • AmeriCorps Application
  • Two Written References – These are included in the online application.
  • Online Certification Form –This form is included in the online application or it can be found on the Confluence website. It can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Confluence Office.


STEP 3: Confluence Interview & Placement:

Confluence will conduct interviews with selected candidates and offer positions through August 2015.



Contact for general questions about AmeriCorps, Confluence and recruitment process:

Sherrie Jackson

Confluence Environmental Center – Operations Coordinator

5441 SE Belmont Ave., Suite 25

Portland, OR 97215





Christine Hadekel

Garden Education and Training Coordinator

Oregon Food Bank