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FoodCorps Educators with Grow Education at four school districts along the Southcoast of MA

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The Marion Institute’s mission is to advance a culture of health through food equity. We exist to engage individuals and communities in systems level solutions at the intersection of food, health, and the environment. One way in which we implement this mission is by working to provide elementary students with high quality, nutritious and culturally relevant foods and food education. Partnering with the New Bedford, Wareham, Westport, and Marion Public School districts, we have built gardens at each elementary school, and provide experiential programming and 3rd grade STEM curriculum to elementary students across the Southcoast region. 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 five, FoodCorps members for the ’24-’25 school year. These are 11 month, full-time paid positions (August 5, 2024 – July 4, 2025), working directly in the public elementary schools that are participating in our Grow Education program. 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.

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, passionate and 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 digital/technical skills and great communication skills
  • A resident of Southcoast MA (preferred)

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, or individuals looking for a new career that makes a difference in their community.

To be considered for a FoodCorps service member position, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older by the start of your service term
  • Be a legal, permanent resident of the United States
  • Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent at the start of service

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 11 months and benefits include:

  • Up to $33,000 living stipend for Service Members, paid bi-weekly
  • $7,395 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award, upon successful completion of your term of service
  • Health insurance*
  • Partial childcare reimbursement, if you qualify
  • Student loan forbearance, if you qualify
  • Training, mentorship, and professional development opportunities

*Participation in FoodCorps health insurance is required unless proof of existing coverage is provided.

Click here for the FoodCorps application.

To learn more about the role, contact Nate Sander, Grow Education Program Manager, at 508-748-0816 x119 or email at All applications must be submitted through FoodCorps portal here:

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