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RSU 89

The Katahdin Region is nestled in the heart of Maine’s North Woods (Maine’s North Woods comprise some 17 million acres, the largest undeveloped forest east of the Mississippi River, making Maine the most forested state in the country). Patten, the largest town in the area, is a gateway community to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and Baxter State Park. Outdoor recreation, including hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, are extremely important parts of the culture, and driving forces for the economy, which is still in the process of shifting from a primarily forest products driven economy after the collapse of the paper industry throughout northern Maine.

RSU 89 is focused on place based, and experiential learning, making the district an ideal partner for FoodCorps, and an excellent place for a service member to put down roots and help the district expand its blossoming garden, and the associated hands-on learning, as well as continue to impact the cafeterias, run by a very supportive and forward thinking staff. The service member will serve at Katahdin Elementary School. The school has small, but growing gardens, and outdoor learning spaces, including a new orchard, that have been championed by teachers and supported by the administration, but have lacked a dedicated individual who can make connections to the school’s actual learning. The goal would be for the service member to work to develop curricular connections to the school gardens, and the natural wonders surrounding the schools, in connection with the district’s focus on experiential and place based learning. The service member would also work with the kitchen to support connections between local food providers and the school kitchen and district director of nutrition, who is also supportive of this endeavor.

When you serve in Maine, you are joining a family of 12 Service members serving all across the state. We connect both virtually and in person, spend time together and learn, and enjoy all the natural beauty and excellent food culture Maine has to offer. No matter where you are, you have the support of the cohort and FoodCorps Maine staff, Malia and Ryan, who both grew up in Maine and love sharing all that is great about this state with service members who we hope will put down roots here and continue to be an important part of Maine.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Able to take initiative, collaborate and be flexible
  • An excellent communicator
  • Work well with children
  • Have a basic idea of developmental readiness in young children
  • Have knowledge of gardening and integrating content into lessons outside of the classroom

The Katahdin Region is nestled in the heart of Maine’s North Woods (Maine’s North Woods comprise some 17 million acres, the largest undeveloped forest east of the Mississippi River, making Maine the most forested state in the country). Patten, the largest town in the area, is a gateway community to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and Baxter State Park. Outdoor recreation, including hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, are extremely important parts of the culture, and driving forces for the economy, which is still in the process of shifting from a primarily forest products driven economy after the collapse of the paper industry throughout northern Maine.

RSU 89 is focused on place based, and experiential learning, making the district an ideal partner for FoodCorps, and an excellent place for a service member to put down roots and help the district expand its blossoming garden, and the associated hands-on learning, as well as continue to impact the cafeterias, run by a very supportive and forward thinking staff. The service member will serve at Katahdin Elementary School. The school has small, but growing gardens, and outdoor learning spaces, including a new orchard, that have been championed by teachers and supported by the administration, but have lacked a dedicated individual who can make connections to the school’s actual learning. The goal would be for the service member to work to develop curricular connections to the school gardens, and the natural wonders surrounding the schools, in connection with the district’s focus on experiential and place based learning. The service member would also work with the kitchen to support connections between local food providers and the school kitchen and district director of nutrition, who is also supportive of this endeavor.

When you serve in Maine, you are joining a family of 12 Service members serving all across the state. We connect both virtually and in person, spend time together and learn, and enjoy all the natural beauty and excellent food culture Maine has to offer. No matter where you are, you have the support of the cohort and FoodCorps Maine staff, Malia and Ryan, who both grew up in Maine and love sharing all that is great about this state with service members who we hope will put down roots here and continue to be an important part of Maine.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Able to take initiative, collaborate and be flexible
  • An excellent communicator
  • Work well with children
  • Have a basic idea of developmental readiness in young children
  • Have knowledge of gardening and integrating content into lessons outside of the classroom