As a VISTA member with our program, you will help build capacity by engaging stakeholders in food sovereignty initiatives that effectively manage natural resources. You will develop important professional abilities, such as resource development, project management, and community outreach. Major functions will include coordination of Food Sovereignty Committee, development of agricultural training, and a community needs assessment surrounding anticipated environmental changes and their effect on natural resources. The applicant should be self-motivated, possess strong writing skills, and have a passion for increasing agricultural capacity. The applicant should also have experience with project planning and the ability to work within diverse communities.
Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College (FDLTCC) is located in Cloquet, Minnesota. The VISTA member placed at our organization will develop the Farm and Agricultural Learning Center to help improve on FDLTCC’s Food Sovereignty Initiative, a program meant to reduce the Tribe’s dependency on external food systems and enhance Tribal member’s ability to adapt to anticipated changes in food resources. The VISTA member will play an important role in ending poverty through the development of this learning center, support of the Food Sovereignty Coordinating Committee, and community needs assessments to find untapped resources for enhanced community resiliency.
AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA) is a year-long, full-time service commitment. Members perform capacity building projects and work to develop sustainable systems and processes. As a VISTA member within the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, you will be part of a cohort of members in Tribal organizations across the country working on similar projects. AmeriCorps volunteers do not receive a traditional salary, but receive a living allowance to cover basic costs of living. See Program Benefits below.
2) Program Benefits:
Relocation Allowance, Living Allowance (about $1,000 per month), Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Health Coverage, Childcare assistance if eligible, Training. Permits work during off hours. Permits attending class during off hours. For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare.