Permaculture Projects Coordinator

EarthDance is a nonporfit organization that sustainably grows food, farmers, and community one small farm at a time.

Americorps VISTA Opportunity Description: Do you have experience in construction and/or sustainable building? Help us develop our Farm School Campus with a permaculture focus and educate the St. Louis area about ecological design!

EarthDance is seeking a self-motivated, creative and resourceful individual with excellent communication and organizational skills, experience in permaculture, natural building, and other types of construction, and and a commitment to EarthDance's mission, to serve as our Permaculture Projects Coordinator.

SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Permaculture Projects Coordinator (PPC) will build EarthDance's capacity to serve the St. Louis region and beyond as a leader in sustainable agriculture and permaculture education through the development of our Organic Farm School's campus, including overseeing sustainable building projects, water management landscaping, integration of animals into EarthDance's farmscape, and facilitating public education about permaculture design. Position responsibilities will include leading volunteers, overseeing various construction projects, assisting with relevant grant writing, and participating in community outreach activities to educate the public about EarthDance.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
1.Facilitate development of EarthDance's Organic Farm School Campus

Consult with EarthDance staff to determine a site plan implementation schedule
Assist in the creation of project budgets and work plans
Communicate with contractors and partner organizations regarding schedules, work plans and volunteer needs
Communicate with Ferguson City officials regarding permitting issues
Oversee project volunteers and assist in the execution of building and land management activities
2. Facilitate public education about permaculture design

Plan and host monthly permaculture events at EarthDance during the farming season
Communicate with guest permaculture educators to establish a schedule for permaculture education activities
Collaborate with EarthDance staff and guest educators to carry out planned permaculture education activities
3. Assist with the creation of grant proposals and in-kind funding requests in order to fund permaculture projects

Communicate with EarthDance staff to identify relevant funding opportunities
Assist with the development of grant proposals and in-kind funding requests
4. Assist with EarthDance's Community Outreach Efforts

Assist other staff in leading tours and other on-farm public events
Represent EarthDance at community events
SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS, & KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED

Proven experience and skills in construction
Formal or informal training/ education in permaculture design/ theory
Experience leading volunteers or supervising employees or students
Demonstrated strong time management and organization skills
Ability to work effectively in a demanding, high-energy environment and manage multiple tasks and priorities, while maintaining a sense of humor
Experience working effectively as part of a team
Professional, friendly, and enthusiastic personality
Demonstrated ability to lead by example, with a strong work ethic, compassion and integrity
Proficiency with Windows Microsoft Office, Google Groups and Google Drive
SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS, & KNOWLEDGE DESIRED
Knowledge of agricultural and food system issues
Experience with natural building techniques
Permaculture Design Certified
Experience working with farm animals
Enjoyment of farming and gardening and interacting with the public.
Superior attention to detail.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Use of personal computer or laptop
Reliable transportation or the ability to navigate the public transportation system
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:
Position may involve some travel.
Position may evolve into regular salaried position with EarthDance upon fulfillment of Americorps service and responsibilities.
HOURS: This is a full-time position, requiring 40 hours/week.

COMPENSATION: VISTA Living Allowance. This is an Americorps VISTA position. Click here for more information on becoming an Americorps VISTA. Housing is not included in the VISTA stipend.
COMPENSATION this position is PAID: stipend
HOW TO APPLY Email rachel@earthdancefarms.org
CONTACT: To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to: Rachel Levi, Program Director, at rachel@earthdancefarms.org (No phone calls please.)

Applicants must also apply on the MyAmericorps website.

Ferguson (St. Louis), Missouri
2014-05-16
EarthDance Farms
Rachel Levi
rachel@earthdancefarms.org

233 S Dade Ave
Ferguson, Missouri 63135
United States
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