City Fruit stewards and harvests urban fruit trees to support sustainable and equitable access to fruit. City Fruit was founded in 2008 to harvest excess fruit from Seattle’s public and private fruit trees, and in recent years, has recognized that reclaiming the urban orchard begins with helping tree owners and public orchardists grow healthy fruit. Urban fruit trees are a valuable community resource, yet often preventable disease and pests hinder fruit production or orchardists and tree owners are unsure of how to prune or steward their trees to maximize the potential for abundant fruit growth. City Fruit works to protect urban fruit trees from pests and mismanagement, and provides assistance in harvesting, preserving, and sharing fruit among neighbors.
City Fruit’s holistic approach at our urban fruit forest focuses on caring for the trees and training others to do so, harvesting and distributing this fruit through efforts that reinforce food justice and dignity, and seeking ways to create long-term sustainability of fruit.
AmeriCorps – Fundraising & Development Specialist
City Fruit is seeking a Fundraising & Development Specialist to join our team! In this position City Fruit partners with Harvest Against Hunger, a program incubator and catalyst utilizing a team of AmeriCorps members in the Harvest VISTA program who builds sustainable, community food security programs. These range from gleaning projects, to regional food security assessments, to expanding community-run gardens and food bank farms. AmeriCorps members serve with their projects for a year: recruiting and coordinating volunteers, addressing challenges and management related to food supply chain, creating systems to collect data and evaluate programs, and growing organizations through storytelling, development and fundraising.
An AmeriCorps member with City Fruit will take a role in telling our story in impactful ways to engage donors and volunteers through digital marketing and content curation, targeted campaigns, and events to expand our individual stakeholders. While City Fruit has a solid base of donors and supporters, our efforts in resource development and communications intend to expand and nurture our grassroots organization by developing deeper connections within our community.
Please click here to view the full AmeriCorps position description and application portal. Apply by January 24, 2023.
We’d love to hear from you! For general inquiries or questions about internship opportunities please contact [email protected]. To join the City Fruit community as a volunteer, contact [email protected].
City Fruit is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment. This includes engaging staff, board members, interns, and volunteers in conversations about institutional racism and how our work can be aligned to resist and disrupt practices rooted in white supremacy and racism. We value and welcome the diverse array of lived-experiences, perspectives, values, and identities that individuals carry with them.