Community Lot Team Member (AmeriCorps Service Member) - 1700 hours
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Civic Works
Times of day
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
2701 St Lo Drive
Organization and Program Description:
Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. The Community Lot Team transforms vacant and abandoned lots in Baltimore City into community gardens and green spaces. AmeriCorps members, community residents, local artists, and volunteer groups serve together to create and maintain thriving community spaces.
Community Lot Team Members will transform vacant lots in locations throughout Baltimore City into communal green spaces and public gardens. Team members will learn how to properly use hand tools, power tools, and heavy equipment involved in landscaping. These individuals will engage and serve with community members and help lead volunteer groups to conceptualize, create, and maintain green spaces that meet the need expressed by the community. Team members will also participate in environmental education lessons and professional development activities.
Member Service Activities:
- Transform vacant Baltimore City lots into communal green spaces and public gardens.
- Learn how to use power tools and heavy equipment responsibly and safely.
- Learn basic and complex techniques involved in urban landscaping.
- Establish relationships with and serve alongside community members and teammates in conceptualizing, creating, and maintaining green projects.
- Lead and serve alongside volunteer groups to create and maintain green spaces.
- Develop individual leadership and growth opportunities throughout service
- Participate in team development and education opportunities and activities
- Daily manual labor outdoors is required, rain or shine
- Develop relationships with individual and group planting partners in Baltimore and help them to create partnerships and support systems in their neighborhoods
- Collaborate with Baltimore Orchard Project Team members on carrying out community-building and awareness events
Desired Skills and Education:
- Ability to serve 40 hours a week (Monday – Friday, and/or weekend service days with volunteer groups).Ability to serve closely with a team.
- Strong communication skills.
- Commit to serve and complete the entire AmeriCorps service term.
- Strong desire to meet critical needs of diverse communities around Baltimore City
- A High School Diploma or GED, or in the process of obtaining one
- Ability to pass a drug test and a a criminal background check, but we do hire past offenders.
- Willingness to learn quickly and use your hands.
Desired but no required:
- A driver’s license is highly preferred.
- Knowledge of basic landscaping and design techniques.
- Knowledge of basic plant identification
- Experience serving in low-income communities and experience in community outreach
- Basic computer skills, including sending emails and creating spreadsheets
- Relationships with community members and/or organizations
Terms of Service:
1700 hours (1 year of service)
The AmeriCorps member will receive training, a biweekly stipend of $680, and a monetary educational award of $5,920 upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans.
In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check. Please note that having a criminal background does not necessarily exclude you from this program.
- Stipend Provided
- Training Provided
How To Apply
How to Apply:
- First, send a cover letter and resume, OR a completed application, to email@example.com with “CLT Member Position” in the subject line. Paper applications can be sent to Harry Kuttner, Community Lot Team, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213.
- Then, visit my.americorps.gov to login and/or create a myAmeriCorps account. Search the listings for “Community Lot Team,” Complete and submit an application to the listing as well.