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FoodCorps Educator with Grow Education @ New Bedford Public Schools

We believe that health is a human right and not a privilege. One way in which we implement this belief is by working to provide the youth of New Bedford with high quality, nutritious and culturally relevant foods. Partnering with the New Bedford Public School district, we are on our way to building a new central kitchen, gardens at each elementary school, and experiential programming and curriculum to elementary students. We know that this will take a cultural shift – into a culture of health, and there is no better way to do that than through our education system!

As a part of this project, The Marion Institute will be hiring three, FoodCorps members for the ’21-’22 school year. These are 1-year, full-time paid positions, starting in August 2021, working directly in New Bedford’s public elementary schools that are participating in our Grow Education program, and ending in July 2022. Our goal is to support teachers and students in each school and partner with the food service department to provide healthier, delicious, fresh, culturally relevant meals across the district.  See a more detailed position description here.

We would love to hire local individuals who are passionate about food justice, healthy eating/living, and protecting the environment. Multilingual Spanish or Portuguese speakers are encouraged to apply. PLEASE SHARE!

The ideal applicant would be:

  • personable
  • energetic
  • excited about working with youth
  • able to co-teach and lead lessons with classroom teachers, work with cafeteria staff, and lead experiential garden workshops for students
  • have basic technical skills and great communication skills
  • a resident of Southcoast MA

You do not have to be an expert or have experience in education or agriculture, but you do need to be passionate and excited to share the information! While some applicants are recent graduates, many are parents from cities in which they work.

Requirements: Applicants must be 18 years old or older and have a high school diploma.

FoodCorps provides training in this work including a week-long orientation and frequent professional development workshops throughout the service. Both the FoodCorps coordinator and Grow Education staff will also provide direct support.

The position lasts 11½ months and benefits include:

  • Up to $26,000 living stipend for Service Members paid bi-weekly
  • $6,095 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award, upon successful completion of your first (or second) term of service: for future schooling or repay qualified student loans.
  • Student loan forbearance: Learn more here.
  • Health insurance: Basic health, vision and dental coverage. Learn more here.
  • Partial childcare reimbursements: Learn more here.

Click here for the FoodCorps application.  

If you have any questions, please contact Adam Davenport, Grow Education Program Manager, at 508.748.0816 x119 or email him.

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