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CFS VISTA Project: Garden Resource Standard VISTA 2022

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Hello! Thank you for your interest in this AmeriCorps position. Please apply to this position at in order to be considered. Good luck, and we look forward to hearing from you! (Please click "Show" below for more information about the position)

As a CFS VISTA member, you will serve among a cohort of Community Food Security (CFS) VISTA members throughout Iowa, sponsored by the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, & will have frequent opportunities to share knowledge within this community through regular cohort-wide meetings & site visits. In addition to all standard AmeriCorps VISTA benefits, you will engage regularly with thought leaders in local food via the Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network & Regional Food Systems Working Group, in addition to being invited to professional development opportunities coordinated by a VISTA Leader in your cohort. As a Garden Resource VISTA, your service will revolve around ensuring that all who desire to grow their own food have access to the equipment, knowledge, and any other resources needed to do so. This will primarily be acted out through further development of the Garden in Every Lot program, strengthening the necessary connections between would-be home food producers and tool and seed libraries, educational opportunities, and other community resources, while also partnering with providers of these services to expand their capacity.

Member Duties : As a Community Food Security VISTA Project in Iowa VISTA member, you will analyze the scope of gardening efforts happening in the Cedar Valley, becoming familiar with the gardening & urban food production culture of the region. You will coordinate with Green Iowa AmeriCorps members to develop a plan for A Garden in Every Lot (GEL) services for the 2023 season. Exploring potential partnerships and collaborations, you will expand knowledge of existing gardening services & resources to key community organizations & historically underserved communities in the Cedar Valley. These tasks will help ensure program sustainability for the continuation of GEL services, increase community support, & foster intentional, transformational partnerships. You should work alongside diverse groups of people with accountability & compassion; be eager to establish & maintain positive working relationships; & have an equity centered mindset, excellent communication, & interpersonal & organizational skills.


  • Bi-weekly living allowance ($15,000/yr)
  • Education award ($6500) or cash award ($1800) after completing term
  • Childcare subsidy
  • Relocation allowance if moving more than 50 miles to serve ($750 + a per-mile rate)
  • Free supplemental health allowance plan for most costs not covered by insurance
  • As a position based at UNI-CEEE, this position is eligible for up to 2 days per week remote
  • Paid sick and personal leave

Hello! Thank you for your interest in this AmeriCorps position. Please apply to this position at in order to be considered. Good luck, and we look forward to…

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    Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
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8106 Jennings Dr, Cedar Falls, IA 50613, USA

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