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Extension and Outreach – Story County






AmeriCorps Youth Outreach Coordinator


Title:  AmeriCorps Youth Outreach Coordinator    

Responsible to:  Story County Extension Executive Director

General Position Description

A full-time AmeriCorps member will serve Story County to provide universal educational opportunities for all Story County youth, 4-H members, and new audiences, to expand youth programming through the use of the international Junior Master Gardener program. This individual will engage children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind.Using this program the member willinspire youth to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects. Through partnerships, the member’s service position will be targeted toward ensuring that youth have in their lives the essential resources of caring adults, safe places to learn, effective education, and opportunities to help other individuals.  The member will develop and organize educational activities that include workshops, afterschool programming, camps, and future 4-H/Clover Kids clubs.


Consistent attendance, good communication skills, self-direction and ability to work with minimal supervision are a must. Willingness to travel as some travel is expected.



  • Implement six hour programs by:
  • Partnering with Story County Master Gardeners (SCMG), schools and local agencies to offer a club experience during the school year with a focus on STEM activities through the topical area of food growth, food production, and healthy lifestyles
  • Utilize the Junior Master Gardener (JMG) the international youth gardening program of the University Extension system (created & managed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension) and related curriculum to guide their work
  • Organize routine afterschool and out of school learning opportunities utilizing JMG and supporting material
  • Offer day camp experiences during school breaks that will incorporate STEM learning through JMG
  • Develop summer day camps and healthy living experiences for youth in grades 1-6.  The location of these day camps will be throughout Story County
  • Plan and market JMG, STEM, and healthy living themed youth activities to implement as part of the 4-H fair experience for youth, families, and guests 
  • Work with the Story County Extension and SCMS to create a sustainable structure through partnerships to allow the program to continue beyond the term year


Essential Functions:

  • Provide safe, healthy, educational, and respectful learning environments for youth, family members, staff, community members, and volunteers
  • Complete contract service hours and site-specific responsibilities within the contracted time frame
  • Recruit and support youth to participate in educational programs and to join 4-H
  • Recruit, manage, and train community volunteers to assist with programs
  • Assist in addressing each of the AmeriCorps program’s programming objectives/performance measures
  • Document, collect, and report quantitative and qualitative impact data for quarterly progress reports
  • Accurately and professionally discuss with community partners and volunteers the objectives of the AmeriCorps program, five promises of Iowa’s Promise, site-specific objectives, and Iowa 4-H Youth Development
  • Attend trainings in preparation to teach specific curricula including JMG and related resources
  • Attend local training opportunities


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Experience and enjoyment working with youth
  • Hands-on experience in the areas of education, youth development, psychology, horticulture, or other related field
  • Knowledge of developmental youth milestones and characteristics
  • Experience recruiting and supporting volunteers
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and complete multiple tasks with minimal supervision
  • Experience working with youth in classroom and/or informal youth programs


To Apply:

Submit resume and job application to  Story County Extension and Outreach, 220 H Ave, Nevada, IA 50201 or emailStory County is an Equal Opportunity employer.





Boone and Story County Summer Youth Program Assistant 


Position Description:

Reports to: Boone Director with direction from other youth staff Status: Temporary, Non-Exempt Employment period: May 28 – August 9, 2019 Hours: 40 hours per week during the business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F Schedule to be determined upon hire, will include occasional nights and weekends, additional hours may be scheduled during County Fair and may include overtime Compensation: $12.00 per hour, $40 cell phone stipend per month 
This position shall serve Boone and Story County Extension services, with office space in each office. Time shall be split evenly throughout the summer between both offices.  
Essential Duties and Responsibilities  
  • Assist Extension staff in the planning, coordination, and implementation of all summer youth educational programming – including day camps, county fair related activities, and short programs
  • Assist with 4-H & FFA fair data entry and coordinate correspondence with 4-H and FFA members, leaders, volunteers and staff regarding county and state fair requirements
  • Assist with 4-H events with direction from county staff and Project Superintendent(s) including scheduling, correspondence with judges and participants, logistics and execution
  • Prepare letters, emails and other communication with clients and volunteers 
  • Assist with daily office procedures as needed
  • Assist in maintaining a professional atmosphere through courteous treatment and efficient service in the office and on the phone
  • Any other related duties deemed necessary by the Director 
Required Qualifications 
  • High School diploma/equivalent plus at least 1 year post-secondary education by start date 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Team Player and People Oriented
  • Problem-Solving Skills, Ability to Multi-Task and Organize
  • Computer literacy required (MS Office, data entry, fluent with e-mail programs)
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a motor vehicle with proof of vehicle liability coverage
  • Must be able to be approved under our child protection policy with a background check
  • May not exhibit at the Boone or Story County Fairs in 4-H/FFA shows in 2019 
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience planning or coordinating events or programs
  • Experience working with youth 
  • Data entry experience
  • Experience with 4-H, Extension programs or FFA 
To be guaranteed for consideration, please fill out and return the application, cover letter and a current resume to Alex Merk at alexmerk@iastate.edu by 8:00 a.m. November 12, 2018. The position will remain open until filled. EOE/AA Employer.



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