Homegrown Community Training Fellow

Expected Dates
February 17, 2020 to November 1, 2020
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden
Position ID
Homegrown is a Phipps program dedicated to increasing community access to fresh produce,promoting better food choices, and improving the overall health of families and children. Since its inception in 2013, Homegrown has installed over 235 raised-bed vegetable gardens at
households in underserved neighborhoods and provided mentorship and resources to hundreds of community members.

The Homegrown Community Training Fellow will work with our Homegrown Community Outreach Coordinator, Garden Installation Coordinator, and seasonal Interns from Mid-February to October 2020. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

A. Participant Support and Outreach
a. Assist in early spring compost and seedling deliveries
b. Assist with garden installs and other work as needed
c. Assist with site visits prior to installation and follow-up garden check-ins, take photos and record information.
d. Represent Homegrown at various community events in Homewood; help with tabling, activities, outreach and recruitment.
e. Prepare materials for monthly gardening garden classes
f. Make monthly class reminder phone calls to participants.
g. Assist the Homegrown Installation Coordinator with seed starting and seedling care.
h. Assist with mailings and communication
i. Assist with other program and organizational duties as needed.

B. Community Seed Starting
a. Oversee seed starting in early spring at the YMCA and Repair the World
b. Develop and strengthen community seed starting best practices and replicability by creating curriculum, education materials and protocols for community partners to improve program success and sustainability
c. Support, recruit, and encourage seed starting volunteers
d. Support the annual seedling sale and encourage more community involvement

C. Compost Program
a. Support compost bin distribution and training

D. Program Evaluation
a. Assist with administration of pre- and post-season participant surveying including in-person interviews, mailed evaluation sheets, and phone evaluation
b. Gather qualitative materials that will support the surveys and help explain the program and its impacts

Candidates should have previous experience with hands-on landscaping or vegetable gardening, as well as experience with community outreach and education. This position is physically demanding and includes manual labor, including heavy lifting, kneeling, standing, and working outdoors in weather conditions. Clearances will be required.

Candidate should have interest in and some experience in horticulture or vegetable gardening and backyard composting. Strong verbal and written communication skills are a must as this position requires a lot of interaction with program participants, community partners, and the public. A personal vehicle is required, as events will often require transportation of tabling materials and other items to sites in the service area.

Compensation includes a $225/week living stipend, $600/month housing stipend, relocation stipend, mileage, and, upon successful completion of service, a $3047.50 AmeriCorps Education Award.

Before an applicant to this position can begin their term of service, they must complete and pass a three part background check which is comprised of the NSOPW, the two state repository check and an FBI fingerprint check.  Specific instructions on how to complete this requirement will be provided upon an official offer.   

Position is pending funding and interviews will not begin until funding has been finalized
  • The offices for Homegrown are located at Phipps Garden Center, 1059Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Some work will be done at this location, as well as within the communities of Homewood, Lincoln – Lemington, Belmar, East Hills, Larimer and nearby communities.
  • Seed Starting

    Garden maintenance and pest management

    Garden installation

  • Monthly gardening classes

    Healthy cooking classes

    Other gardening classes as opportunities arise

    Free admission and access to Phipps Conservatory

  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Community Engagement
competent with supervision
Plant Identification
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
competent with supervision
Working with Children
competent with supervision