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Green Heart Buddy Volunteer

Green Heart Buddies play a key role in helping grow our gardens, our community, and our young Green Heart Buddies through volunteering with one of our in-school and/or after-school programs. Being reliable, timely, patient and respectful is a must, as Buddies serve as role models for all of our students!

Green Heart Buddies commit to one of our school garden programs for a semester, volunteering once a week for 1+ hours. They are urban farmers, teachers and mentors, working alongside our students, connecting, encouraging and supporting. Note: While most of our programs are currently full, we are always on the look out for superstar buddies to plug in — apply today!

Qualifications

Green Heart Buddies do not need any prior gardening or education experience, just a passion for the Green Heart Project’s mission, working with elementary-aged students, and an eagerness to give back to their community.

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Application Deadline: January 1st, 2020. Click here to apply!

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~~ Youth Internship Program ~~ Crew Member

Now accepting Crew Member applications for The Green Heart Project’ Summer Youth Internship Program!

Being a Crew Member in The Green Heart Project Youth Internship Program is more than a job. It’s an opportunity to get paid, have fun, make new friends, spend time outside and help your community. A Crew Member will work with a team of peers to maintain a half acre urban farm in the center of downtown Charleston, located at the William Enston Home. Crew Member farm duties will include: growing, harvesting, and processing fruit and vegetable crops. Additionally, a Crew Member will help run the onsite farm stand by pricing and selling the produce they have grown. These opportunities will allow Crew Members to serve the Charleston community by engaging with their neighbors through the growing and selling of fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Furthermore, Crew Members will engage in daily educational sessions, workshops and community site visits. Through this internship, Crew Members will develop career preparedness, healthy living, and citizenship skills. 

Qualifications
  • Be 14 – 19 years of age by January 1st 2020
  • Have completed 8th grade
  • Be able to work every day of the entire 8-week program June 15th – August 7th (with July 4th off)
  • Answer all questions on the Crew Member Application
  • Provide contact information for two personal or professional references: teacher, employer, coach, counselor, mentor, minister, other (this cannot be a family member) 
  • Come in for an in person interview with us!
  • Only applicants who have completed an application and provided references no later than March 1st will be interviewed and considered for the position.
For More Information

This role is considered a W-2 position and will be compensated at a rate of $7.50/hour (up to 32 hours/week) over 8 weeks with June 15th as its start date. See full program description and job description here.

Priority Deadline: March 1st, 2020. In order to apply fill out an application here or mail your completed application to 759 King Street, Suite A, Charleston, SC, 29403. If you have questions, please email urbanfarm@greenheartsc.org or call (843)-790-3188. If you are a student in Charleston County School District you are encouraged to work with your career specialist. Updates will be sent to your email address, so remember to check it often!

The Green Heart Project believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to the success of our mission. We encourage applications from candidates of all races, religions, genders, ages, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

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Garden Volunteer

We are always looking for qualified & passionate volunteers to support our school gardens!

Garden Volunteers commit to supporting our school gardens through monthly work days or special projects throughout the semester.

Qualifications

Click here to apply!

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AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate (10 week-long position)

Now accepting AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate applications, to fill our Crew Leader position for The Green Heart Project’s summer Youth Internship Program!

First and foremost, Crew Leaders must be able to build trust, foster engagement, and gain the respect of high school aged crew members. Crew Leaders oversee a team of teenage crew members who maintain a half acre urban farm in the center of downtown Charleston. Crew Leaders guide crew members through their daily farm duties which include: growing, harvesting, and processing fruit and vegetable crops. Crew Leaders support their crew members as they price and sell the produce they have grown to market at an onsite farm stand. Furthermore, Crew Leaders will teach and assist in teaching crew members via daily and weekly educational sessions, workshops and community site visits. Through this internship, Crew Leaders will support crew members as they develop their career preparedness, healthy living, and citizenship skills. Being a Crew Leader for The Green Heart Project Youth Internship Program is more than a job or an internship. It’s an opportunity to positively affect your local community and impact the life of a high school student.

About AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate Program: Lifting People Out of Poverty Since 1965. AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions. The AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program offers individuals the opportunity to become engaged in a community through an existing AmeriCorps VISTA project for 8, 9, or 10 weeks during the summer.

Qualifications
  • Have completed high school, have your GED, or completed a similar program
  • Be able to work every day of the entire 10-week program June 8th – August 14th, 2020 (with July 4th off)
  • Submitted AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate application
For More Information

Application Deadline: Rolling, hiring decisions will be made by May 15. In order to apply fill out an application here, on the AmeriCorps website, and please note that you are interested in a placement as a Crew Leader with The Green Heart Project. IMPORTANT: Make sure you are completing an application for the VISTA Summer Associate program, in order to be considered for this position.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to Amanda Howell, Program Director at amanda@greenheartsc.org.

The Green Heart Project believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to the success of our mission. We encourage applications from candidates of all races, religions, genders, ages, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

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AmeriCorps VISTA Member (year-long position)

Now accepting AmeriCorps VISTA Member  applications, to join our team for the ’20-’21 academic year!

The AmeriCorps VISTA position will focus on the expansion of our inaugural youth development program at Green Heart: a youth internship program for our new Urban Farm at Enston Home. The youth internship program addresses a need for paid employment opportunities and for workforce training among youth in Charleston, while also teaching critical skills in career preparedness, healthy living and citizenship. By expanding and improving upon our pilot year programs, the VISTA member will help to lay the foundation for the success of the program for years to come. The VISTA member will 1) provide evaluation of pilot year programs and continued development of our summer Youth Internship Program, including the development of new Crew Lead component and 2) develop the Academic Year Internship Program to launch in Fall 2021.

About AmeriCorps VISTA year-round Program: Lifting People Out of Poverty Since 1965. AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions. They build capacity in nonprofit organizations and public agencies to help them more effectively generate the commitment of private sector resources, encourage volunteer service at the local level, and empower individuals and communities. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full time for one-year terms.

Qualifications
  • College graduate
  • Proficient reading and writing skills
  • Proficient computer and administrative skills (e.g. Microsoft Office)
  • Proficient oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Submitted AmeriCorps VISTA application
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Application Deadline: Rolling, hiring decisions will be made by May 15. In order to apply fill out an application here. The AmeriCorps VISTA position is a one-year term of service, beginning in June 2020, and running through June 2021. We look forward to reading your application!

If you have additional questions, please reach out to Amanda Howell, Program Director at amanda@greenheartsc.org.

The Green Heart Project believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to the success of our mission. We encourage applications from candidates of all races, religions, genders, ages, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

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Corporate and Volunteer Opportunities

Serving as a group with The Green Heart Project is great for team-building, and building community while getting your hands dirty in the garden! As a group, you will receive a tour of the farm, learn more about the Project and why issues of sustainability and local foods are important to the Lowcountry community. After a productive session in the garden, we highly recommend nourishing yourselves with delicious, fresh food and drinks at Taco Boy, which is just up the road! If you have a corporate or community group who would like to volunteer together, The Green Heart Project can work with you to coordinate a day and time to come out to work in one of our gardens. Group sessions typically include general farm tasks: weeding, planting seeds, harvesting produce, digging, building, and watering. Occasionally, there are also opportunities to sponsor and work on larger projects that require volunteer groups in order to complete. For more information, please submit this form Volunteer Group – we would love to get you out in the garden!

Donate Your Time & Skillset

Would you like to get involved with our project in a way that is not listed? Are you a carpenter that wants to build a chicken coop? A writer that would love to blog for us about sustainable and local food? A social media guru that can enhance our marketing? Or do you have a farm truck full of horse manure that you want to bring by to fertilize our beds? We are always open to suggestions from our volunteers, and ideas to improve our gardens and our programs are always welcome! For more information, please contact us at volunteer@greenheartsc.org – we would love to get you out in the garden!