Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Now Hiring!

We are now hiring, if you are interested in working in a dynamic environment with an awesome team and have horticulture and teaching skills please apply!

Youth Coordinator / School Liaison Position
The Youth Farm is a unique partnership between the High School for Public Service and Green Guerillas. It is a one acre diversified production farm engaging the school community and surrounding neighborhood in farm-based experiential learning and farm training. Farm products are sold at a weekly farmers market increasing community access to fresh affordable food.

We are seeking applicants with experience in both education and farming to join the Youth Farm staff as the Youth Coordinator / School Liaison for this unique project. The goal of this position is to share horticulture and food justice expertise with Wingate teachers and the community through farm-based classes and workshops. The applicant should be an enthusiastic self-starter with experience in curriculum development, lesson planning, and motivating and inspiring teens. The ideal candidate should be equally comfortable taking initiative and working collaboratively in a close-knit team environment.

Gardening and horticulture knowledge is a must for this position. You must have the skills and knowledge to develop and lead on-farm classes with students of all ages. This Youth Coordinator/School Liaison will work with the school and teachers to help incorporate agriculture and food justice issues into their curricula, hosting teacher-led classes on the farm, and leading farm workshops with students and community members during on-farm field trips and tours.

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 community.

Roles and responsibilities include:
  • Maintain and cultivate partnerships with Wingate Campus Schools that support the goal of enhancing youth engagement and learning on the Farm
  • Work with teacher of “Go Green” elective class to plan and co-facilitate on-farm lessons
  • Facilitate on-farm teacher-led classes once a week with a class from Wingate Campus
  • Work with teachers to develop and integrate agriculture and food justice themed curriculum into their classes
  • Motivate youth to participate in farm programs such as farm club, summer youth program, special events, etc.
  • Organize and run seasonal special events with teens, such as fall harvest festival, juicing and nutrition demonstrations and potluck meals
  • Working with administration to evaluate how the school’s and farm’s objectives are being met
  • Farm/gardening experience required
  • Teaching experience is a must. Candidates who poses a DOE-license, CTE certification in agriculture (or candidates pursuing this certification) may be given priority
  • Training in popular and alternative education, group facilitation and collective decision making a plus
  • Manage work hours and duties efficiently with experience supervising others
  • Experience with non-profits, urban farming, food preparation, and/or nutrition a plus
  • Computer and communication skills
This position runs from September 2nd to December 9th, with the hope of extension to complete the school year and summer programming. Applicants must be available on weekdays during the day, and occasional evenings and weekends. This position is a paid part-time position (20 hours / week), and also includes fresh harvested vegetables, flowers and herbs. The Youth Farm is interested in helping all staff develop their professional skills and to network within this exciting, dynamic field.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Bee Ayer at Bee(at) bkfarmyards (dot) com. The letter should include details of your weekly availability, as well as details about your relevant experience, training and educational philosophy.

Rolling applications, with interviews starting on August 12th, and the position starting on September 2nd