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Zoological Society of Cincinnati AmeriCorps - Community Garden Service Member in Cincinnati, Ohio

Horticulture - Community Garden Service Member ABOUT THE CINCINNATI ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDEN AND AMERICORPS The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden offers opportunities for everyone! CZBG and AmeriCorps have partnered to bring a variety of fun, engaging, and conservation-based opportunities to audiences including youth, visitors, animal ambassadors, and more! Together, CZBG and AmeriCorps will provide quality STEM education to economically disadvantaged PreK-12th grade students, will engage Zoo visitors, volunteers, Zooteens, and community members in environmentally conscious practices and behaviors, grow and maintain Zoo and community garden spaces, facilitate data coordination for animal welfare excellence and conservation research, and support a variety of sustainability initiatives. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is known for many things - our conservation efforts, our green initiatives, our beautiful botanical garden, our friendly staff... but did you know that we have a strong set of core values that make us the best team around, and a Top Workplace in Cincinnati? We\'re more than coworkers... we\'re family. By building Collaborative Relationships, displaying Positivity & Energy, having Pride, Passion & a Sense of Ownership, supporting Accountability, Mutual Trust & Respect, and embracing Progressive Thinking, we have built a team of dedicated staff that focuses on our visitors, our community, & our future. This is what we believe and how we act.  If this gets you fired up, we look forward to having you join our team! Service Term:  40 hours/week for 11 months (October - August), fully hosted under horticulture Description/Support Function:  The AmeriCorps Member in this position would support our goal of serving our community by contributing to the long-term success of zoo-affiliated community garden spaces.  In addition to assisting with the creation of long-term garden maintenance plans for existing gardens, the member in this role will have the opportunity to connect community members to resources, provide educational opportunities, assist with the on-going maintenance of garden sites, and learn about the process of community revitalization.  This position will not only help to enhance the aesthetics of our community, but also build upon the relationship that we are cultivating with the community of Avondale.   Primary Focus: The primary focus of this service position is to assist in ensuring the on-going value of zoo-affiliated garden spaces within the community through the evaluation of previous garden designs and plant selections as well as the creation of long-term garden maintenance plans for these sites. The service member\'s role could expand to include: hands-on horticultural trainings/demonstrations for community members in community garden spaces, coordinating/leading volunteer groups in garden installation and upkeep, facilitating community relationships, assisting Horticulture Department with the planning & execution of REDS Community Project goals, and designs for future garden installations within the community.   ABOUT THE POSITION The incumbent is a full-time AmeriCorps position serving 1,700 hours (40 hours per week) over an 11-month term of service (October 2, 2023 to August 31, 2023). They will report directly to and be supervised by the Horticulture department. Schedules will serve 5 days a week, 8-hour days, and assigned as needed.  Due to the nature of this role, tasks may favor an indoor or outdoor setting for periods of time during the service year. Service Goals   Primary Service Goals Include: Evaluation of plant selection and design for existing zoo-affiliated community garden spaces Creation of long-term garden maintenance plans and resources Support for Horticulture Department in the planning & execution of REDS Commun