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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 youth interns who maintain a half-acre urban farm in the center of downtown Charleston. Crew Leaders guide interns through their daily farm duties which include: growing, harvesting, and processing fruit and vegetable crops. Crew Leaders support their crew of interns as they price and sell the produce they have grown to market at an onsite farm stand. Furthermore, Crew Leaders will teach youth interns via daily educational sessions, workshops and community site visits. Through this internship, Crew Leaders will develop and teach 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.

Read more about AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates here

Qualifications
  • Have completed high school, have your GED, or completed a similar program
  • Be able to work every day (M-F, 40 hrs/week) for the entire 10-week program June 7th – August 13th, 2021 (with July 5th 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 select The Green Heart Project Summer Associate Program. IMPORTANT: Make sure you are completing an application for the VISTA Summer Associate program (vs. the year-round VISTA position), in order to be considered for the Crew Leader role. *Note: Interested applicants may also apply to the year-round VISTA program through the Charleston Area Collaborative, to begin after their summer position ends in August.  Just note that you are interested in working with The Green Heart Project in the general application!

If you have additional questions, please reach out to Amanda Howell, Development 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 ’21-’22 academic year!

The AmeriCorps VISTA position will focus on the expansion of our cornerstone 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 2020 & 2021 summer “Youth Internship Programs” to inform the year 3 iteration, 2) pilot the after-school “Academic Year Internship Program” to launch in Fall 2021, and 3) research & develop a new “Green Heart Apprenticeship Program,” where youth are placed in paid apprenticeships, under the mentorship of an expert in farming, culinary, or non-profit fields.

Read more about AmeriCorps VISTA  here

Qualifications
  • Proficient reading and writing skills
  • Proficient computer and administrative skills (e.g. Microsoft Office)
  • Proficient oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Submitted AmeriCorps VISTA application
  • College graduate, or similar education level preferred
For More Information

Application Deadline: Rolling, hiring decisions will be made by May 15. In order to apply fill out an application here. You will apply to the AmeriCorps VISTA – Charleston Area Collaborative; you are able to indicate in your written application if you are specifically interested in The Green Heart Project’s position. The AmeriCorps VISTA position is a one-year term of service, beginning in June 2021, and running through June 2022. We look forward to reading your application!

If you have additional questions, please reach out to Amanda Howell, Development 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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Summer 2021 Youth Intern

Being an Intern with The Green Heart Project’s 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. By the end of the summer, you will develop career preparedness and healthy living skills that promote engaged citizenship through urban farming. Youth interns will assist with farm maintenance and produce sales, at our pay what you can Farmers Market. You will also engage in lessons connecting food, health, culture, and the environment using the new and larger landscape of the urban farm as your outdoor classroom and learning laboratory.

Application Priority Deadline: March 31st 

Qualifications
  • Be 15- 19 years of age by June 15 2021
  • Have completed 9th grade
  • Available to work over the summer during the 8-week program 
  • Answer all questions on the Internship Application
  • Provide contact information for two personal or professional references: teacher, employer, coach, counselor, mentor, minister, other (this cannot be a family member) 
  • Complete an interview with us 
  • Only applicants who have completed an application and provided references no later than March 31st will be interviewed and considered for the position.
For More Information

APPLY HERE

You 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. Intern farm duties will include: growing, harvesting, and processing fruit and vegetable crops. Additionally, you will help run the onsite farm stand by pricing and selling the produce they have grown. These opportunities allow interns to serve the Charleston community by engaging with their neighbors through the growing and selling of fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Furthermore, Interns will engage in daily educational sessions, workshops and community site visits. Through this internship, youth will develop career preparedness, healthy living, and citizenship skills. 

Check out our video from last year!

** The summer 2021 internship will reflect our latest COVID-19 Safety protocols**

Reach out to carter@greenheartsc.org with any additional questions!

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Farm & Garden Manager

The Green Heart Project seeks an experienced leader to manage a team of staff and volunteers in the maintenance, improvement, and expansion of its network of farms and gardens across the Charleston area, headquartered at the new 1/2-acre Urban Farm at Enston Home in Downtown Charleston. The ideal candidate has knowledge, experience, and skill in organic fruit and vegetable production, a passion for working with young people and volunteers, and a demonstrated ability to work effectively within a close-knit team. See full position description here.

The Farm & Garden Manager supervises a full-time Farmer and a large community of volunteers. This is a full-time, year-round salary position under the supervision of the Executive Director.

 

Qualifications
  • 3 years of farm or garden management experience
  • Demonstrated leadership and teamwork skills
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Commitment to teaching and learning about sustainable agriculture
  • Commitment to promoting and supporting health, education, and volunteerism
  • Experience creating safe and inclusive spaces for a diverse community of stakeholders
  • Experience and/or training in racial equity and inclusion
  • Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends
  • Proficient with basic power and hand tools
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
For More Information

To apply, send résumé and cover letter via email to careers@greenheartsc.org. The anticipated start date is Summer 2021, but can be flexible. Position will remain open until filled.

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Urban Farm Field Trips

Interested in bringing a group of students to the Urban Farm at Enston Home? A Green Heart Urban Farm Field Trip will consist of a farm tour, hands on garden activity, a fresh picked taste-test, and a takeaway. Field trips can be designed to the meet the needs of your students and cover a wide range of topics. We practice respecting ourselves, buddies, and the earth by following strict COVID-19 guidelines.

Fill out this inquiry form to get the process started and contact Emma at emma@greenheartsc.org with any questions!

 

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Garden Volunteer

We are always looking for qualified & passionate volunteers to support our school gardens and the Urban Farm at Enston Home! Garden Volunteers commit to garden work days or special projects throughout the semester.

With COVID-19, our fall work days will have a capped number of volunteer spaces and will follow safety protocols. Fall workday dates are posted on our Events Calendar, so take a look, sign up and we’ll see you out in the garden!

 

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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!