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Garden Programs Coordinator — AmeriCorps Program

Hands On Nashville


Job Summary

The Garden Programs Coordinator (Coordinator) participates in a yearlong term (1,700 hours) of AmeriCorps service supporting The Nashville Food Project’s (TNFP) mission to bring people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city.  

The Coordinator will build communication skills, gain greater understanding of program development, and enhance knowledge of food justice issues. Candidates who are bilingual and who are skilled at creating and editing audio, video, and visual media are preferred. An interest in food security, horticulture, or agricultural farming is required. 

The Coordinator serves as part of a 23-person cohort of civic-minded individuals who receive skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities through a partnership between TNFP and the Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program.

Job Responsibilities

  • Create videos, audio, and visual aids to enhance participant engagement  
  • Support team in creating a visual learning photo database  
  • Pilot educational materials for garden programs  
  • Develop and implement strategies to enhance communication to community gardeners (technology based, onsite bulletin boards, etc.) 
  • Support the development of translated or interpreted communication for community gardeners 
  • Increase capacity for Growing Together’s refugee farmers to earn income by supporting the farmer’s market and locally grown sales outlets and research for new markets 
  • Support team in finalizing SNAP EBT initiative 
  • Support community outreach and enrollment processes for Community Garden and Growing Together Volunteer Management
  • Support Director of Programs and Community Garden Manager in developing collaborative workshops 
  • Provide additional capacity to the team to manage gardens. Harvest, weed, water and provide other critical site support 
  • Support expansion at the Community Farm at Mill Ridge  


Preferred Knowledge & Skills: 

  • Interest in food security, horticulture, or agricultural farming is required 
  • Skilled in the creation and editing of audio, video, and visual media 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including conversational fluency in another language 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Commitment to fulfill a one-year term of service (August 17, 2020-August 8, 2021) 
  • Bachelor’s Degree  
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable access to transportation (Members will be reimbursed for service-related mileage.)  
  • U.S. Citizenship  
  • National Service Criminal History Check clearance 

HON does not discriminate based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or other factors which deny the essential humanity of all people.

Additional Information


  • Living allowance of $17,000, paid bi-weekly throughout the term of service   
  • Education award of $6,095, applicable to student loans and/or future education expenses at an accredited institution, upon fulfillment of service obligations 
  • Healthcare coverage, if elected 
  • Childcarebenefits, if eligible 
  • Professional development trainingand ample networking opportunities

How to Apply

Apply online at  

For more information, please contact: 

Nicki Avila 

About The Nashville Food Project:

Bringing people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city. 

About HON:

HON builds capacity for individuals and agencies to meet needs through volunteerism. The HON AmeriCorps Program is made possible through support from the Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund, Volunteer Tennessee, and participating AmeriCorps host organizations.

About AmeriCorps:

AmeriCorps is a voluntary public service program where members commit their time to address critical community needs. Learn more about AmeriCorps here.


  • Date Posted: May 15, 2020
  • Type: VISTA / AmeriCorps
  • Job Function: Analytics / Evaluation
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 08/17/2020
  • Working Hours: 35-40 hrs/wk; M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm