DFI AmeriCorp Position

APPLY NOW! Start 2nd week of September

Applications Due: August 21st

Position Description:

The Farm and Garden Crew Member and Volunteer Leader, an AmeriCorps member, will be an essential member of the DFI team in executing and achieving the organization’s mission and program goals. The position will wear many hats, serving as a core member of the farm team, producing a diversity of vegetable, fruit, and herb crops; assist in crop production data record keeping; developing and coordinating volunteer days on the farm with UNR students, faculty, and outside organizations; facilitating on farm activities for the public including local schools, organizations, and UNR students; participate at workshops and events; and develop social media content related to volunteer events, and other public awareness about DFI programs. If CARES Act funding is received from the NV Department of Agricultural, the individual will be involved in a collaborative regional produce distribution project, coordinating with food hubs, pantries, and farmers. The position does not need previous experience working on a farm or garden, although it is highly desired and preferred for the position. However, the individual must have a desire to learn about sustainable farming systems and food production. The position will directly report to the DFI Program Manager, and take direction on the farm from the Farm Manager as well. The position requires long days on the farm, working independently, and as a strong team member.

Service Location: Reno, NV

Timeline for Service: September 2020 – Aug 2021

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct all standard farm and garden tasks, that may include the following; weeding, harvesting, transplanting, seeding, cultivation, irrigation management, fertilizing, small equipment operation, and general farm infrastructure maintenance.
  • Assist Program Manager and Farm Manager in timely record keeping pertaining to crop production records such as; harvest logs, food safety logs, greenhouse fertilizing logs, irrigation logs, and pest management logs.
  • In time, obtain primary responsibility of conducting all greenhouse propagation tasks with students and volunteers.
  • Develop and coordinate volunteer opportunities and events for university students and the public. This position will help DFI expand volunteer opportunities and establish a structured volunteer program. Volunteer work on the farm is essential to the livelihood of the farm.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Assist in coordinating farm to food pantry efforts – inventorying food for donation and distribution.
  • Develop outreach and program marketing materials pertaining to volunteer work and education content regarding DFI programs.
  • Outreach at events and on campus regarding DFI programs and opportunities
  • Assist in basic website work and social media blasts to help tell DFI’s story.
  • Correspond with University faculty, students, and the public.


  • Passionate commitment to farming, gardening, and teaching others. Preference will be given to individuals who have a vested interest in a food production career in NV.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to work outdoors conducting physical labor in hot and cold temperatures;
  • Outstanding work ethic and positive attitude
  • Good writing skills;
  • Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Experience working with students, teachers, and volunteers;
  • Preferred: strong understanding of education standards and experience in curriculum development;
  • Preferred: experience working on a commercial farm or garden;
  • Preferred: Marketing or website experience

Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:

Must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or agree to earn a high school diploma or equivalent before using an educational award. It would be useful if members have a Bachelor’s degree in education, science, or a related field.

Term of Service & Time Requirements:

Member’s term of service begins on September 8th, 2020 and will be completed by August 13th, 2020. This is a full-time AmeriCorps member position. Members must complete 1740 hours of service.

Statement on Supplementation, duplication, or displacement of staff:

This position does not duplicate work of previous or existing employees or volunteers, supplant the hiring of workers, or include service of duties that have been performed or were performed by a current employee, an employee who recently resigned or was discharged, an employee subject to a reduction in force, or an employee who is on leave.

Service Environment Description and Inclusive Member Position Description Statement:

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The above functions may be completed with or without reasonable accommodations. No persons involved with the program will discriminate based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation or disability. This position has recurring access to vulnerable populations.

Additional Guidelines or Expectations:

AmeriCorps members are required to wear at least one piece of AmeriCorps gear (AmeriCorps button), provided by the Parks Foundation, when serving during their term of service. When the member is facilitating a program, they should wear the t-shirt their site supervisor provides them with the AmeriCorps button pinned on this shirt. AmeriCorps members must participate in a minimum of three National Days of Service during their term of service and may participate in additional service projects. The AmeriCorps member must disclose all criminal convictions during application process and undergo National Service Criminal History Check and have no statutory exclusionary offenses to AmeriCorps service reported. The AmeriCorps member must be at least 17 years of age, and a US Citizen, US National, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.

Member Benefits:

In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $14,279/year, health benefits during their service, and will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,195.00 upon successful completion of service.

Evaluation and Reporting:

Members will receive a mid-term and end-of-term performance evaluation from their site-supervisor and the AmeriCorps Program Director. Members will submit their biweekly Member Service Logs (timesheets) to their supervisor to be approved. Members are also responsible for reporting performance measures to their site supervisor and AmeriCorps Program Director every month during their term of service.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $14,279.00 per year

How to Apply

Please send a detailed resume and cover letter describing your interests in food production and sustainable food systems and how you would be a strong contribution to the team. A complete application must include a resume and cover letter.

Send application to cschembre@unr.edu with a subject line: AmeriCorp Application