Are you passionate about growing the regional economy in Appalachia Ohio by supporting entrepreneurs and strengthening economic sectors? If you have a commitment to sustainable development and building healthy communities with strong local economies, consider our career opportunities below. Position descriptions will be taken down once positions have been filled.

ACEnet’s Appalachian Food Chain Diversification Program VISTA position will provide capacity building support to a diverse partnership of non-profit economic development organizations, local food champions, farmers and producers working on solutions to healthy food access in rural Appalachia Ohio. This position will work with ACEnet staff to design evaluation, training and infrastructure support to provide specialty food & farming entrepreneurs with the resources, infrastructure, skills and strategies to start and grow their businesses into profitable operations that support sustainable livelihoods, while simultaneously increasing the diversity and safety in the local food economy.

Benefits

  • Full time, 40 hours a week, maintain host site operational hours
  • 10 sick and 10 personal days, on top of host site days off
  • Living allowance (stipend): $15,002 in accordance with the national Rescue Plan increase
  • Segal Education award for federal student loans or future education expenses: $6,495
    • OR optional cash award in lieu of education award: $1,800.
  • Healthcare options
  • Mileage reimbursement for service-related travel
  • Training and equipment budget
  • Relocation allowance: $750
    • Settling In Allowance: $750
  • Eligible for SNAP (living allowance does not count as additional income if already receiving benefits)
  • One year after service of non-competitive status when applying for Federal jobs
  • Connection to post-service careers with Employers of National Service

For more details & to apply: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=78921

 

ACEnet’s Farmers Market Facilitation Summer Associate will increase healthy food access in Southeast Ohio by strengthening ACEnet’s capacity to assist farmers in scaling up their farming enterprise, engaging with community development organizations, farmer’s markets, and healthy food access programs in Athens, Meigs & Perry Counties, and expanding the redemption of SNAP and Produce Perks at farmer’s markets. The program will work with community partners and organizations to plan and implement events surrounding local food at the Athens Farmers Market, Meigs County Farmers Market and Shawnee Farmers Market for the 2022 season that will include access to resources like cooking demonstrations and tips and tools for growing your own food at home. The Summer Associate will provide access to resources at these events to the farmers, including the ACEnet Agritourism toolkit, and information on ACEnet processing facilities for creating value-added products, technical assistance services like product development and marketing programs, and access to capital assistance ACEnet can offer.

Benefits

  • Full time, 37.5 – 40 hours a week, maintain host site operational hours
  • Living Allowance (Stipend): $625 bi-weekly, pre-tax
  • Segal Education award for federal student loans or future education expenses: $1,342.86
    • OR optional cash award in lieu of education award: approximately $345

For more details & to apply: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=94149

 

The availability of VISTA positions and compensation amounts are dependent on grant funding. Positions and benefits are subject to change.