Gleaning Coordinator: July 1st – November 1st
Weekdays 9 am to 5 pm with some flexibility & remote service hour opportunities, some
weekends and evenings required for gleaning initiatives. This position is a full-time position through AmeriCorps, and will run from July 1 – November 1.
Position Summary: This highly interactive and hands-on position will coordinate the gleaning of free, fresh produce from local farms and private donors. The Coordinator will lead volunteers to harvest local food and deliver it to partners serving food insecure individuals. The Coordinator is
responsible for relationship building and outreach with local farms, volunteers, and recipient agencies. The fresh produce gleaned is a vital additional resource for fighting food insecurity across Iowa.
Supervision Given By: The Gleaning Program Coordinator is supervised by the director/program manager of the gleaning site partner organization.
Gleaning Program Implementation
- Leads gleaning trips to farms: educates about gleaning and farming, oversees and
coordinates the harvest, and delivers produce to hunger relief agencies
- Tracks and records what is harvested and donated. Provides data to the gleaning network via the program development coordinator
- Oversee gleaned produce processing
- Track produce harvest times throughout the season
- As required by individual site hosts, write receipts and forms for local growers produce payments or tax write-offs
- Collects materials for each gleaning, keeps and maintains tools and gloves
- Write gleaning protocol and guides for volunteers
Partner Relationships Management:
- Builds relationships and a network of long-term donors that are interested and willing to have volunteers come and glean their produce.
- Serve as a liaison between local hunger relief agencies and growers.
- Collaborate with recipient partners to gauge produce needs and delivery windows
- Facilitate deliveries of harvested food and complete pickups/deliveries as needed
- Organize and schedule volunteers to glean produce
- Train and lead groups of volunteers in proper harvest procedure, food cleaning, and tools for harvest
- Participate in outreach activities to heighten awareness of local gleaning initiatives and recruit volunteers and farm partners.
- Maintain communication with the gleaning network and state-level program development coordinator to access resources and provide feedback.
Typical challenges this position will face:
- Frequent interruptions, especially during hours with heaviest volunteer activity.
- Last-minute volunteer scheduling conflicts
- Making sound, quick decisions based upon available information without oversight.
- Adapting to new problems that arise with a first-year program
- The service environment for the gleaning coordinator or is primarily in the field, leading and harvesting with volunteer gleaners.
- Work conditions include summer heat, rain and unairconditioned office.
- Office hours for coordination and planning required.
- Must have a valid license. Will need to drive vehicles to pick-up or deliver donations on occasion.
- Moderate physical demands regularly lifts 20-50llbs.
- Able to manipulate normal office machines and technology For example; able to operate computer and computer systems, office copiers, fax, phones.
- Living allowance of $10,080 over nine-month term
- Education award of $4,336.50 upon completion of 1200 hours
- Receive training in:
- AmeriCorps 4-H Orientation
- Host Site Orientation
- Farm and Food Transportation Safety
- Volunteer Development and Management
- Develop community partners and strong professional network
- Student loan forbearance while serving
- Leadership experience, skill development, and commitment to your local community