Apple Seeds hiring Farm Lab Coordinator

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Apple Seeds Farm Lab Coordinator

Arkansas Garden Corps position
35 hours/week

Apple Seeds, a Fayetteville-based non-profit providing garden-based education, seeks an entrepreneurial and enthusiastic full-time Farm Lab Coordinator on the Apple Seeds Teaching Farm. The Teaching Farm hosts Farm Lab field trips to educate and excite students about eating fresh healthy food.

This is an opportunity to be a part of a new endeavor and provide a unique service in a supportive community. This person must be a self-starter who is excited to help grow this social-entrepreneurial non-profit.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Farm Assistance
  • Work under guidance of farm manager
  • Assist with all aspects of planting and tending the garden, including transplanting, seeding, weeding, thinning, fertilizing, organic pest control, pruning, harvesting, compost management, etc
  • Harvest, wash, bundle crops
  1. Educational
  • Lead school groups through Farm Lab
  • Recruit and train volunteers
  • Coordination and scheduling of Farm Lab
  • Basic gardening on Teaching Farm
  • Outreach to schools
  1. Administrative
  • Weekly Staff meetings
  • Daily Correspondence with Program Manager
  • Planning for Educational Programs

Qualifications:

  • Experience in education highly desirable.
  • Works well with many personality types
  • Self-motivated, hard worker, able to work and meet goals independently
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Enjoys being around children and has a friendly demeanor
  • Able to organize, lead, and instruct all types of people with varying levels of gardening experience

Arkansas GardenCorps

This is an Arkansas GardenCorps position with a start date of September 8, 2015. In return for each year of full-time service, the person filling this position will receive a living allowance of $13,100 per year, childcare and healthcare benefits, if needed, and a $5,645 education award if 1,700 hours of service are completed.

To qualify for a GardenCorps position, candidates must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident. They must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma, GED, or be enrolled in a program to obtain a GED.  Candidates must be available to serve full-time for at least one year. The application process also requires a criminal history background check to ensure community members with whom we work are protected.

For more information about the GardenCorps program, contact Emily English at esenglish@uams.edu

Interested farm assistants should submit their application online at http://www.arkansasgardencorps.com.

About Apple Seeds

Apple Seeds is a non-profit that has been serving Northwest Arkansas for nearly ten years. Apple Seeds provides a variety of programs, including gardening clubs, healthy cooking classes, field trips to farms and farmers markets, and school garden farmers markets. Apple Seeds’ mission is to inspire healthy living through garden-based education. Thanks in large part to its Farm to School partnership with the Fayetteville Public Schools Apple Seeds will have reached nearly 6,000 students by the end of 2014. For more information visit http://www.appleseedsnwa.org

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