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New Roots Food Security AmeriCorps


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Nutrition
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date:

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Job Overview:

When clients arrive in the U.S., many are interested in connecting to the land, growing food for their families, and maintaining their food culture. Clients are also surrounded by foods with which they are unfamiliar, including many options that can lead to diet-related disease. Unfortunately, such unhealthy options also tend to be cheaper and easier to access than healthy and whole options. The New Roots program works with IRC clients in two main areas: 1) Food Secure Resettlement and 2) community gardening. The program aims to engage newcomer youth in garden and nutrition education, as well as to facilitate food and farming knowledge transfer and relationship-building with the elder generation.

The New Roots Food Security AmeriCorps will work directly with the IRC in Sacramento’s New Roots department empowering refugees through local farming and gardening, nutrition education, and food access. In particular, the VISTA member will support outreach to the refugee community and external partners for the recruitment of participants, the provision of nutrition education trainings and workshops, and the facilitation of refugees’ access to healthy food options. The position will focus on building programmatic capacity and deepening the program’s ties with the Sacramento community.

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Major Responsibilities:

·       Spearhead outreach efforts to increase New Roots’ reach in the Sacramento community, including communications via newsletters and social media.

·       Develop and implement nutrition education and psychosocial programming to promote refugee health, wellbeing, and integration—including trainings and workshops.

·       Coordinate internal and external initiatives to increase food access and security for the refugee community.

·       Maintain participant database and support.

·       Comply with all policies, procedures, and protocols of the agency.

·       Participate in all program meetings and staff development activities.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Assigned program lead

Indirect Reporting:  Site Manager

Job Requirements:

·       Training or experience in nutrition, food security, economic empowerment, and/or agricultural development preferred.

·       Experience working with external partners and volunteers to accomplish tasks/goals.

·       Excellent communication skills, with fluency in written and spoken English. Bilingual ability in one of the predominant languages of the local client base is desired.

·       Experience working in a multicultural environment desirable.

·       Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).

·       Must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident and authorized to work in the U.S.

·       Must be at least 18 years old

·       Must have a high school diploma or be willing to earn one while serving (undergraduate degree strongly preferred)


AmeriCorps Benefits:

·       Housing option for $437 per month in Redwood City and San Francisco

·       $16,000 stipend (paid out at $666 per pay period)

·       $6,095 education stipend

·       Free health insurance

·       Food assistance

·       Access to free day care

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal. 

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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