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2 VISTA Positions open

  • Subject: [cg] 2 VISTA Positions open
  • From: "Bill Maynard" <bMaynard@WoodRodgers.com>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 08:56:40 -0800
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  • Thread-topic: 2 VISTA Positions open

I want to pass these 2 VISTA openings on to the ACGA list serve…

I will be working with them on these projects in the next year ..involves community gardens and school gardens also!

 please pass it on to others as well…if any one has questions they can contact me also


Bill Maynard




Two new VISTA Positions with the Sacramento Hunger Commission to establish a youth mentoring project based on an edible landscaping plant nursery


Although each position would focus on a different aspect of the project (see below) there would be ample opportunity for “job-sharing” and mutual support. 

·        Position 1: Partnership and fund development

·        Position 2: Garden/nursery development


Purpose: To develop the groundwork for a multi-faceted educational experience for at-risk high school students, which will eventually provide training in urban agriculture, landscape design, and business management.  The VISTA project will also serve as a catalyst for an after-school garden program for elementary students at the site.


Responsibilities for the partnership/fund development position:

·        Develop “buy-in” and partnerships with key organizations and enterprises, including Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), Sacramento Joint Unified School District etc.

·        Form an advisory committee to develop a detailed plan for the mentorship program

·        Seek funding and in-kind support through grants and direct support from businesses and the community

·        Develop relationships with the target community through attending local neighborhood association and school-based meetings


Responsibilities for the garden/nursery development position:

·        Become informed about and assist with existing community and school garden efforts, especially the elementary school garden adjacent to the nursery site

·        Attend local gardening/urban agriculture workshops to further develop knowledge and skills

·        Play a major role in the development of a detailed plan for the initial two-acre nursery site and in the creation of a “wish list”

·        Develop relationships with the target community through attending local neighborhood association and school-based meetings


Qualifications for both positions:

·        Experience or interest in community development and/or community gardens

·        Strong networking and communication skills

·        Basic computer skills

·        Grant writing experience desirable (especially for the first position)

·        Self motivated and able to work both independently and as a member of a team

·        Value working in a diverse environment; able to establish and maintain good relationships with people of varied backgrounds

·        Valid driver’s license

·        Fluency in Spanish or an Asian language a plus



Deadline:  February 23, 2004


Please send a resume and a cover letter to:

 Peggy Roark

 Sacramento Hunger Commission

909 12th Street, Suite 200

Sacramento CA 95814


Or by email:  proark@communitycouncil.org


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