The Salmon Center is home to a small demonstration farm run by the non-profit Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (HCSEG). Located at the tip of the Hood Canal, the farm is comprised of a 38 acre farm with a U-Pick garden, P-Patch, pumpkin patch, chickens, goats, alpacas and llamas. Staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing the community with a place to acquire fresh vegetables and learn how agriculture and salmon ecosystems can coexist. Currently, the farm holds Organic Certification through Washington State Department of Agriculture. HCSEG works on many projects throughout the Hood Canal watershed, including fish projects, habitat projects (culvert replacement, bank stabilization, derelict gear removal, noxious weed removal), water quality monitoring, education and sustainable agriculture. IP members will primarily be responsible for coordination of sustainability program, aimed at educating community members on healthy behaviors and sustainable agriculture. However, they will also have an opportunity to collect and enter data, mentor volunteers, coordinate outreach events, equipment maintenance, or collaborate with 4 research scientists on any of their project needs. We are looking for “people-persons” with fresh thoughts and abilities who can create and maintain an inviting space for the public to learn about healthy and sustainable living and how it relates to a healthy salmon eco-system. We need this person to be able to serve the public of all ages and be capable of mentoring volunteers and other crew members. This position requires independent thinking and use of computer applications, such as MS Word or Excel. Please note that this position is contingent on funding.
Member Duties: Members will lead the development and implementation of nutrition education programs and curriculum for regional youth, including in-class programs, after-school programs, and workshops to increase nutrition and sustainability awareness among youth and their families. Workshops will also be held in schools and/or at the Salmon Center to teach youth and families about how to prepare or preserve and have adequate access to nutritious food sources year-round. Members will manage the Sustainability Program at the Salmon Center, which includes a community U-Pick garden and a P-patch, both of which provide free or low-cost foods and land/tools to families. All member activities will help youth see the importance of having access to locally-grown, healthy foods while also understanding the connections between these foods and the sustainability of our ecosystem and environment. Members will also have opportunities to collaborate with staff on habitat and research projects.
Program Benefits: Stipend, Training, Childcare assistance if eligible, Health Coverage, Education award upon successful completion of service.
Car recommended, Permits working at another job during off hours.
Children/Youth, Health, Community Outreach, Environment.
Environment, Youth Development, Public Health, Writing/Editing, Communications, Education, Community Organization, General Skills, Team Work, Leadership, Public Speaking.