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Saturday, March 25, 2023

Apply by March 27: Groundwork Seeks FoodCorps Service Members

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Groundwork is hiring FoodCorps service members for the Aug '23 - July '24 service term. Deadline March 27, 2023.


FoodCorps partners with schools and communities to nourish kids' health, education, and sense of belonging. Each year, we have AmeriCorps Service Members partner with K-12 schools for a full school year teaching kids to grow, cook, and love the nourishing foods that celebrate their cultures and communities—and help schools serve more of those foods, too. FoodCorps recruits talented leaders into full-time, paid public service, where they grow healthy school food environments in diverse communities through hands-on, experiential food education. In the greater Petoskey area, FoodCorps partners with the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and runs programs in East Jordan and Alanson Public Schools with work in the broader Char-Em Intermediate School District.


We have two tracks of Service Members:

  • Food Educators: who work alongside educators to provide kids with food education and culturally affirming experiences with food in the classroom, gardens, and in the cafeteria. 
  • School Nutrition Service Members: who work alongside school nutrition directors and other community partners to support scratch cooking and local procurement across the Char-Em ISD. 


Benefits of service in Michigan include a $33,000 stipend for 11 months of service (Aug '23 - July '24), a $6,895 Segal Education Award upon successful completion of service, health, dental and vision insurance, as well as student loan forbearance. Please see the attached flyers for more info and the job descriptions.


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with hoophouses and season extension is useful for our short growing season. Gardening experience is a must!
  • Able to jump into a fast-paced school environment and connect with youth, staff, and community partners, attend wellness committee meetings, family nights, and other community activities
  • MUST have access to reliable transportation, and an appreciation of outdoor recreation and seasonality (especially winter) is useful for connecting with the region
  • Must have excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Must be reliable, accountable, and a team player.
  • Knowledge of Anishinaabe history and culture is a bonus
  • Passionate about strategic systems change in food systems, with interest in Groundwork's other program areas



Here is the link to the FoodCorps national website with more details on the position and to apply. Please direct any questions to or for site specific information, contact Jen Schaap, FoodCorps supervisor at Groundwork

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There is a referral program where if you (or anyone in your network) refers someone to apply, and they serve for at least 90 days, you will receive a $250 as a thank you (you can expect this gift typically in Nov-Dec 2023). Please make sure to let anyone know that you are referring them — include your name and contact information to Erin Wenk, above, to be eligible for the referral. Thank you!




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JEN SCHAAP  |  Food and Farming Program Director
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

P    231-941-6584 x708
A  313 Howard St, Unit B  |  Petoskey, MI 49770

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