Sustainable Food Systems Program AmeriCorps Position, Penn State

Job Title: Sustainable Food Systems Program AmeriCorps Position

Type of opportunity:
The SFSP is seeking a full-term AmeriCorps member to build capacity in support of our community wellness goals to 1) educate people about food system sustainability and health, and 2) strengthen the local community through growing and donating local foods. Under supervision of the SFSP Associate Director, the AmeriCorps member will collaborate with students, faculty, community organizations and volunteers to design, implement and evaluate programs that support local food security, economic development and personal engagement with our food system.


  • Collaborate with community partners, students and faculty to develop and sustain SFSP programming.
  • Develop and coordinate partnerships between university faculty and courses, and local food and agriculture systems organizations, such as area food banks, local food coops and local farms.
  • Recruit, train and provide support to volunteers serving with the SFSP and community partners, including harvest of surplus produce for donation to area food banks and pantries
  • Coordinate and lead tours of the Student Farm for students, youth, community members and others.
  • Assist and support student leaders with farm and program tasks, trainings and events.
  • Research, develop and conduct educational and outreach initiatives on topics such as food security, gardening, nutrition and healthy food access.
  • Coordinate with the Centre County Food Alliance and partners to plan and carry out county-wide events and activities focused on enhancing the food system.
  • Develop and implement tools for continuously tracking program outcomes. Present program outcomes and data to university, governmental and community stakeholders.
  • Complete various other projects that help to develop and sustain the SFSP.

Desired qualifications:

  • Must meet all Penn State clearance and background check requirements.
  • Superb written, interpersonal and oral communication skills.
  • Able to learn quickly, prioritize multiple projects, manage schedule independently, meet deadlines and enjoy a fast-paced work environment.
  • Relevant ability working with underserved and/or underrepresented populations.
  • Able to work with diverse groups and individuals in indoor and outdoor settings.
  • An interest in and knowledge about food systems concepts and/or community organizing preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license, own transportation.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. Current Penn State students are eligible as well.

Start and end dates:  August 22, 2018-August 9, 2019

Salary/pay: $654 distributed biweekly over the term, and a $5920 education award upon service term completion

How to apply:  Submit a resume, cover letter and two references’ contact info with the subject line 2018 SFSP AmeriCorps Application to Leslie Pillen at

Application deadline: Interviews will begin July 9, 2018