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Kawerak Pilgrim Hot Springs Food Security Initiatives VISTA
Kawerak is a non-profit consortium of 20 Alaska Native Tribes in the Bering Strait Region. Our mission is to advance the capacity of our people and tribes for the benefit of the Bering Strait region of Alaska, which is the homeland and waters of the Yup’ik, Inupiaq and St. Lawrence Island Yupik Peoples. Kawerak is a co-managing owner of Pilgrim Hot Springs, which is a unique property north of Nome, Alaska that contains a geothermal resource, abundant flora and fauna, and rich agricultural lands. Kawerak is working to develop Pilgrim Hot Springs to provide economic opportunities for the region including eco-tourism and renewable energy development, as well as sustainable solutions for increasing wellness and food security in the region. Due to the extensive geothermal resource at this site, the ground never freezes, despite being located in the arctic. The extended sunlight hours of the summer combined with the rich, warm soils make for an ideal location for growing vegetables and other plants. Pilgrim Hot Springs has provided fresh produce to the region at various times over the past century, and has the potential to provide a local, sustainable food source currently unavailable. Specifically, the VISTA will work with Kawerak Pilgrim Hot Springs staff to develop a volunteer coordination system, create data systems and conduct market research, as well as assist with fundraising and grant writing for food security efforts. This position will be based at the RurAL CAP facility in Anchorage, Alaska and will remotely work with the other Pilgrim Hot Springs staff. Kawerak will offer at least one onsite visit to Pilgrim Hot Springs during the year of service, to take place during the growing and/or harvesting season.
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Member Duties : The VISTA’s year of service will focus on volunteer coordination, community outreach, data systems, market research, and grant writing. The VISTA will assist Pilgrim Hot Springs staff by developing a system to gather, manage and coordinate volunteers for gardening efforts during the planting, growing, and harvesting season. This work will also involve virtual outreach to the community, meeting facilitation, and social media coordination. Grant writing will focus on food security efforts for the region related to agriculture activities at Pilgrim Hot Springs. The VISTA will also work on designing new data collection systems related to agriculture activities including inventory, crops, growing results, harvested amounts, pricing and marketing information, distribution information, and overall profit margins. Data system work may also involve market research, graphic creation, survey creation, public outreach, and social media outreach.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  $100 a month payment towards housing . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Environment ,  Tribal ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Community Organization ,  Environment ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Leadership ,  Communications ,  Writing/Editing . 
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Kawerak Pilgrim Hot Springs Food Security Initiatives VISTA

Program Start/End Date
03/14/2022  -   03/13/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ALASKA  

Accepting Applications
From  11/11/2021  To  02/18/2022 

Contact Tim McCleary
731 E 8th Ave
Anchorage   AK   99501

Listing ID 108240