California – BYA hiring Urban Agriculture Educator

Berkeley, California

BYA
Job Description
*Non-Exempt Position*
Environmental Training Center (ETC) Urban Agriculture Educator

AGENCY DESCRIPTION:
BYA’s holistic services are designed to shift so-called “individuals at-risk” into individuals
with promise” by utilizing a continuum of care approach that emphasizes 3 core areas: Education, Health and Well-Being, and Economic Self-Sufficiency. To do this work, we create teams of diverse professionals from the fields of education, mental health, workforce development, and recreation that work collaboratively to meet the psycho-social, emotional, and economic needs of those most vulnerable in our community. We meet individuals where they are and build upon any gift, talent or ability that they possess. We inspire them to reach their full potential with staff who act as coaches and mentors that help individuals captain their own ships.

AGENCY VALUES:
We believe in diversity and in delivering holistic services in a culturally competent and
appropriate manner to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. We work to give voice to the voiceless and to defend the poor. We work to change the educational system, juvenile justice system, foster care system, and health care system in order to give individuals and their families’ opportunities to reach their full potential and to control their own lives and destinies. Our desire is to help children, youth, and families to enjoy their lives to the fullest while empowering the next generation and repairing the damage done to our multiple populations by the political, educational, and economic system. Ultimately, we assist those most vulnerable to live out their best lives. We seek team members who share these values and beliefs.

GENERAL FUNCTION:
Under the general supervision of the Associate Director and/or his/her designees and the direct supervision of the Environmental Training Center’s Program Coordinator or his/her designee, the BYA Environmental Training Center’s Urban Agriculture Educator serves an important function by helping maintain BYA’s quarter-acre community orchard and half-acre market garden and by training and supervising youth and young-adult Urban Farming Interns in agricultural skills and food justice principles. The ETC Urban Agriculture Educator also works with groups of younger students in the BYA Orchard.

Additionally, the ETC Urban Agriculture Educator builds beneficial relationships between BYA and community organizations for outreach and fundraising purposes.

RESPONSIBILITIES PROGRAM FACILITATION:
● Develops curricula and facilitates youth programming in production farming,
edible forestry, food justice, and seasonal culinary arts.

● Create a safe, caring, and structured atmosphere for youth in the BYA Urban Farming Internship program. Uses an inquiry-based youth empowerment framework, in which youth feel valued, physically and emotionally respected,engaged in their community, and excited to participate.

● Coaches youth interns in building career and college readiness skills including punctuality, accountability, taking initiative, strong work ethic, following directives, constructive communication and attitude, and respectful teamwork.

● Ensures that youth interns maintain at least a 2.5 Grade Point Average and attend Study sessions, including credit recovery sessions and/or high school diploma completion workshops.

● Ensures that youth interns’ timesheets, reviews, and ongoing feedback are completed as needed. Assists in addressing supervision issues as needed, including excess tardiness, absenteeism, and performance or behavioral issues during youth’s internship. Provides positive feedback to interns in a timely manner.

● Supervises, trains, and engages individual and group volunteers in BYA Urban Farm activities on a weekly basis.

● Performs other duties as necessary or as requested by your supervisor.

URBAN FARM MAINTENANCE:
● Designs and maintains a community orchard management plan.

● Helps maintain both the community orchard and market garden sites in collaboration with other ETC Staff and youth interns, including developing seasonal planting and maintenance schedules, fruit tree pruning, feeding, mulching, watering, harvesting and pest management, maintaining compost piles and worm bins, rotating row crops, greenhouse propagation, maintaining and improving irrigation systems, and implementing organic ecological design principles.

● Harvests fresh produce for monthly Open Garden Farm Stands, BYA Food Give Away, Parent Association dinners and BYA events with other ETC Staff and ETC youth interns.

● Helps to maintain all farming-related equipment, ensuring that tools and equipment are used properly and remain in good working condition.

● Coordinates with other ETC Staff to plan Urban Farm tasks on a daily, weekly, and seasonal basis.

COORDINATION OF YOUTH GROUPS IN THE BYA ORCHARD:
● Communicates with BYA’s Extended Care Program Coordinator regarding the schedule of the Extended Care Students’ weekly activities in the Orchard. Designs and supervises weekly programming for BYA after school youth, ages K-8th grade.

● Coordinates orchard rental partnerships including naturalist-based children’s centers. On an as-needed basis, writes and updates Memorandums of Understandings between BYA and relevant organizations, and collects payment for use of the Orchard when applicable.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND FUNDING REQUESTS:
● Contacts and coordinates with local organizations relevant to the ETC program in order to increase enrollment, solicit donations, recruit volunteers, organize workshops or field trips for interns, or collaborate on projects.

All employees are required to contribute positively to the workplace.

EDUCATION/REQUIREMENTS:
● B.A. in environmental education or related field from a four-year college or university or equivalent experience and 2 years of experience working with an urban farm education, forestry education, or similar project.

● Must have excellent organizational and coordination abilities as well as interpersonal and communications skills.

● Must be able to work with youth from diverse backgrounds. Must have experience working in communities of color.

● Enthusiastic about community-based youth work; strong interest in implementing food justice activities for teens and young adults.

● Ability to respectfully supervise and manage 8-10 youth and young adults ages 14-24 with consistent employment agreements and consequences.

● Arboriculture experience working with stone fruit, citrus, and pome.

WORK-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and participate in the physical needs of arboriculture and
horticulture.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
-Must be insurable under BYA’s coverage to operate BYA vehicles
-Valid California Driver’s License or State Identification
-Proof of ability to work in the US
-First Aid Certificate
-CPR Training
-Background Check through GoodHire
-Transcripts of most advanced degree program

HOURS:
30 hours per week; Some Saturday work sessions. Potential for growth based on funding.

BENEFITS:
● Health Benefits up to $250 per month for the employee when working 30 hours or more
● Sick Leave Benefits when working more than 30 hours per week as well as sick leave pursuant to the California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014
● Dental and Vision available at group rate and paid by employee
● AFLAC Disability and Long-Term Disability insurance plan available at employee cost

● 403 (b) Retirement plan; no Employer match

COMPENSATION:
$18-20 hourly dependent on experience
Health benefits/Sick Leave when working 30hrs or more per week
APPLICATION: E-mail cover letter, resume, and 3 references to ssilverman@byaonline.org with the
Subject Line: ETC Urban Agriculture Educator or fax to 510-849-1421. No phone calls please.
Application deadline October 20, 2017

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