We are seeking applicants with experience in both education and farming to join the Youth Farm staff as the Summer Youth Farmer Director from May 15 – August 31 with an orientation week the last week of April and planning hours interspersed from May 1 - May 15. The applicant should be an enthusiastic self-starter with experience in gardening or farming, lesson planning, team management, and motivating and inspiring teens. The ideal candidate should be equally comfortable taking initiative and working collaboratively in a close-knit team environment. While farm knowledge is appreciated, it is very important that applicants have experience mentoring youth in leadership roles. We are committed to creating a workplace that respects and values diversity – we strongly welcome candidates from all backgrounds as we are committed to hiring staff that reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our school community.
Roles and responsibilities include:
- Managing 10-15 youth farmers and several farm interns
- Motivating and developing leadership skills in youth
- Motivating youth to engage in farm activities ranging from irrigation and weeding to Marketing and selling at the farm stand
- Supporting teens in the creation of a supportive team environment
- Cultivating partnerships that support the goal of enhancing youth engagement
- Working with farm team to evaluate how youth development objectives are being met
- Collecting timesheets and budget for fiscal reporting
- Documenting work through teen created videos and writings
- Working with farmers to develop and integrate farm-based curriculum
- Working with nutrition intern to develop lessons around cooking in nutrition twice/week
- Managing farm school apprentice to lead youth and work on farm
- Researching latest farm-based and food systems curriculum
- Licensed teacher or equivalent experience
- At least one season of farm/garden experience required
- Manage work hours effectively with experience supervising others
- Outgoing and engaging personality
- Experience with non-profits, urban farming, food preparation, and/or nutrition a plus
- MUST be available Wednesdays (10-6), Fridays (10-6), and Saturdays (10-4) from July 3 through August 21st.
- MUST be available for one week at the end of April or beginning of May for farm orientation Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-3pm each day.
- Flexible hours are available in the planning stages May – June.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Anita Singh at firstname.lastname@example.org. The letter should include details of your availability, as well as details about your relevant experience. This position is a paid part-time position (20 hours / week), and also includes fresh harvested vegetables and herbs.