Colorado – City of Denver hiring Urban Homesteading Instructor


Denver, Colorado

The secret is out: Denver is the nation’s top place to live, work, and play. Being the best place to live isn’t easy; maintaining such a reputation means we need the best people working for the residents of Denver. People who want to make a difference; people who want to give back; people who want to be at the heart of this city and have a hand in creating our future. When you join us, you will employ your unique skills to do important and meaningful work critical to the success of both your organization and the city as a whole. Be a part of the city that you love. #WhereDenverWorks­­

Denver Parks & Recreation offers Arts & Culture programming throughout the year at many of our 27 recreation centers. We offer a wide variety of classes in areas such as: fine arts, pottery, ceramics, sewing, music, dance, creative writing and a wide range of crafts and creative early childhood programming (18 month – 5 year olds) and cultural programs. The classes typically consist of around 4 to 12 participants broken into four general sessions and each class typically runs for a pre-determined number of weeks.


We are looking for an Urban Homesteading Instructor who is passionate about DIY’ing and is well versed in old-fashioned living arts.  We are looking for an individual who is eager to bring their passion and expertise to the table and provide instruction for our increasingly popular Urban Homestead Class series.

The Urban Homesteading Instructor:

  • Organizes, leads and teaches weekly Urban Homesteading Classes on a variety of subjects that may include:
    • Composting and growing organic foods
    • Raising creatures such as chickens, goats, rabbits, and bees
    • Fermenting and preserving foods
    • Making foods from scratch such as bread, cheese, butter, and/or kombucha
    • Making candles, bath products (such as soap), and natural cleaning products
    • Resourcing, recycling, and repairing household items
    • Reselling homemade goods and products
  • Develops curriculum or instructional plans for each program session
  • Set ups and takes down necessary equipment prior to and after classes and including cleaning and organizing
  • Provides safe and supportive learning environment for all participants
  • Works closing with Arts & Culture Program Coordinator to manage, plan, and prepare for each class including acquiring necessary supplies  and equipment
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested

The Urban Homesteading classes will be taught at Barnum Recreation Center, 360 Hooker Street


Our ideal candidate:

  • Will be passionate about instructing others in the old-fashioned living arts
  • Will be well-versed in the above mentioned class topics
  • Will have previous teaching or instructing experience in the above mentioned class topics
  • Will be able to work closely in collaboration with and under the instruction of the Arts & Culture Program Coordinator
  • Will be available to teach in the evenings on a consistent basis

Please apply on our website at




Oregon – Schoolyard Farms hiring Farm Assistant

Milwaukie, Oregon
Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is a nonprofit that creates healthier communities by teaching about and growing food on underused schoolyards. Since it was founded in 2012, we have reach thousands of kids each year through our various programs, increasing the likelihood that they’ll grow up to be healthy adults. We have a total of 1.5 acres in production at 2 schools, where 1,100 kids received hands-on garden lessons. We’ve grown 6,000 pounds of produce harvested for the community each year. Our two farm sites are at Candy Lane Elementary, our one-acre pilot farm where we host our summer camp, and at New Urban High School, our half-acre farm. We harvest produce from the farms for our 85 member CSA, the Milwaukie Farmers Market, and our partner schools. Both farms are located in Milwaukie, OR–a quick drive from downtown Portland.
Farm Assistant Position:
The farm assistant will participate in all aspects of running a small-scale production farm. Schoolyard Farms grows over 40 different annual and perennial fruits and vegetables. Our ideal candidate has a background in farming, and a passion for outdoor education. This position is hands-on, and can be physically rigorous. The farm assistant will work primarily with the farm manager, and is an integral part to the Schoolyard Farms community, working alongside garden educators, summer camp participants, students, and volunteers. We’re willing to train the right person.
Time Commitment:
  • April – October 2018, 20 hours per week with 30 minute lunch breaks
  • Sunday 8-3PM, Tuesday 8-4PM, Wednesday 8-2:30PM (some flexibility may be available for the right candidate)
  • Field work: Schoolyard Farms does most of their farming by hand. This includes seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, bed preparations, watering, trellising
  • Wash/pack on harvest days (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
  • Delivering farm shares Tuesdays to three drop sites in inner SE Portland
  • Running Farmers Market stand on Sundays at the Milwaukie Sunday Market
  • Working with youth from Candy Lane Elementary and New Urban High School
  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Farm assistant must have reliable vehicle they are willing to use for farm deliveries and farmers market. Mileage will be compensated.
  • Physical fitness and ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Self-motivated: farm work requires physical and mental endurance, and farm days are spent outside in any weather
  • Flexible: Farm work is dynamic, farm assistant must be able to shift gears quickly and efficiently
  • Collaborative: farm assistant must be comfortable working as a team
Preferred Qualifications:
  • At least one year farming experience
  • Experience working with children elementary to high school age
  • $12/hr
  • Hands-on training in small-scale, sustainable farming practices
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter answering the following questions: (1) Why do you want to work at Schoolyard Farms? (2) What prior experience do you have with farming and/or gardening? (3) What experience do you have with physical work? (4) What three attributes would co-workers, family and friends all agree that you possess? to Schoolyard Farms’ Farm Manager, Annika La Fave, at by 5:00pm on Sunday, March 18, 2018.
Schoolyard Farms provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, affectional orientation or gender identity, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sex, or age.

Vermont – Green Mountain Farm-to-School hiring AmeriCorps Coordinator

Newport, Vermont

AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator

Start-Date: August 20th, 2018 2-week orientation

September 3rd, 2018 AmeriCorps term begins

End-Date: August 2nd, 2019

Location: Newport, Vermont

About Green Mountain Farm-to-School

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization promoting the health and well-being of Vermont’s children, farms and communities by providing programs to connect schools and farms through food and education. In the 2018-2019 academic year, GMFTS aims to serve school communities in the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) of Vermont with school gardens, educational programming and fresh local farm foods, benefiting over 5,000 students. For more information about GMFTS, please visit

Position Description

This position is part of the Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program (LEAP). LEAP is a national service program that places AmeriCorps members with non-profit organizations throughout the NEK of Vermont to support those organizations in expanding their services that many communities rely on. LEAP supports their members in their path to educational and career attainment through direct service, on-going trainings, and professional development opportunities offered during the service year. Position dependent upon LEAP federal funding.

The primary responsibilities of the AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator will be to develop, grow, present, and evaluate GMFTS’ Farm-to-School Programs. This is a full-time year-long AmeriCorps position. The Farm-to-School Coordinator reports to the Farm to School Program Manager.

The AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator will:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with GMFTS partners
  • Serve as the primary contact for 3-5 schools
  • Create lesson plans for programming and maintain educational materials
  • Deliver GMFTS educational programs and events including taste tests, field trips, workshops and special events
  • Plant, maintain, and harvest school gardens
  • Recruit and train community volunteers
  • Design outreach and publicity materials
  • Use database to collect, analyze, and report data for program evaluation
  • Photo document activities and download in a timely manner
  • Work closely with staff, parents, food service directors, and farmers
  • Facilitate Farm-to-School Committee meetings
  • Serve as an independent member of a team of Coordinators
  • Plan, organize, and attend community and organizational events


  • Be a US citizen
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of local food systems and sustainable agriculture
  • Strong interest in working with children, teaching (formal or non-formal) experience required
  • Some knowledge of gardening and vegetable production needed
  • Excellent public speaking, writing skills, and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly growing non-profit environment
  • Willing to undergo an National Service Criminal History Check
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Compensation: AmeriCorps Members who complete their term of service in a full-time position will receive:

  • A biweekly stipend totaling approximately $12,600 for the year (subject to adjustment based on funding)
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Health insurance, if not covered under another policy
  • Child care, if necessary
  • Student loan forbearance
  • A $5,775 Education Award for past or future education (subject to adjustment based on funding)
  • Subsidized housing
  • Career mentoring, professional development, and strong work experience
  • Monthly SNAP benefits

To Apply: Submit a resume, cover letter and essay to   Essay topic:  Please explain one thing you could do to introduce children to healthy local foods (maximum 200 words). Deadline to apply is May 1st 2018. No phone calls please. EOE


New York – Sprout Creek Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Poughkeepsie, New York

Encompassing 200 acres in Dutchess County, NY, Sprout Creek Farm is a working farm, creamery, creek, and education center. Students have the opportunity to work, discover, explore, and learn in each of these environments. You will find no textbooks, calculators or PowerPoints on the farm. Our teaching tools are shovels, seeds, and the more than 250 individual animals that call Sprout Creek Farm home. We offer programs that help connect young people to the land, the seasons, and the plants and animals that coexist here in harmony.

Our Education Philosophy:

At Sprout Creek Farm, we strive to offer year-round programs that will teach the importance of hard work in the context of a real working dairy farm. The farm expands classroom walls and our educators impart life-long skills and tangible subject matter to meet the needs of all our students. Through work and play that tests limits and expands horizons, participants develop self-confidence, the ability to work through challenges, and a broader sense of responsibility and commitment. Our aim is to teach a love for our fragile earth, to understand our connectedness to it, and thus develop a passion for protecting its integrity.

Open positions include:

Educator Position Description

Manager of Curriculum and Programs

Summer Education Manager

Summer Camp Educator

SCF Educator In Training


California – Sierra Harvest hiring Farm Crew Member

Nevada City, California

Job Title: Sierra Harvest Farm Institute Training Program- Employment and Education

Sierra Harvest

313 Railroad Ave, Suite 201

Nevada City, CA 95959

Job type:  Full-time or Part-time

Job Summary

Learn to farm! Hone your skills with Sierra Harvest Farm Institute by becoming a Farm Crew member! Apply now to join a cohort of early-career farmers working and learning on sustainable farms throughout Nevada County, California. Host-farm job opportunities vary from part-time to full-time. In addition to on-the-job training, Farm Crew members will meet every other week for advanced production skills classes taught in the field by local experts. Tuition fee for the Farm Institute training program and job placement is $1035 (payment plan).

After an initial screening, qualified applicants are passed on to host-farms for hiring for the 2018 season with start times determined by host-farms, January through May 2018. The screening of applicants closes on 3/30/17.

To learn more and apply, visit our website:

Responsibilities and Duties

Job responsibilities, hours and wages will be determined by individual host farms. Our host farms produce a diversity of crops including vegetables, fruit, flowers, eggs, milk and meat. Examples of the type of work you may be doing: growing starts in the greenhouse, prepping soil for planting, planting, weeding, irrigation, trellising, harvesting, post-harvest washing and packing, selling at market, making deliveries, animal care and all the other aspects of running a commercial farm. Early mornings and inclement weather to be expected. To learn more about our host farms, visit


Farm Crew members are required to attend advanced production skills classes every other week from May to November. The proposed classes for the 2018 season are:

Transplants and Direct Seeding for Production Success

Plant Propagation and Green House Management

Natural and Organic Fertilization and Composting

Row Crop Irrigation, How to Take a Soil Test and Interpret the Results

Identifying Pests, Beneficial Insects and Management Options

Soil Tillage, Cultivation and Ecological Weed Management

Crop Planning, Successions, Seed Ordering

Wholesale Basics

Build Soils with Cover Crops

Permaculture for a Rich and Abundant Future

An Introduction to Biodynamics

Small Farm Mechanics and Maintenance

Crop Season Extension Ideas

Qualifications and Skills – Experience & Education:

Ideal candidates for Farm Crew are:

1) Serious about a career in sustainable farming and ranching

2) Prepared to commit to and work hard for a commercial farming operation for an entire season

3) Have spent at least one season farming

4) Ready and willing to build community with other Farm Crew members

5) Committed to independent learning.


You will receive support from Sierra Harvest Farm Institute throughout the season in the form of assistance obtaining employment at a Nevada County host farm, creating a beginning of the season contract and two mid-season check ins with you and your host farmer, bi-weekly check ins with the Farm Crew Education Coordinator and additional support available whenever you need it.

You will become part of the Farm Crew team traveling to a different local farm every other week, experiencing the various types of farms and farmers in Nevada County and learning from the farmers themselves. You will be invited to attend many ag related social events, allowing you to meet many of the folks in the ag community. Nevada County is a growing, thriving, conscious place to work and live.

Benefits on the farm will be determined by your host farmer.


Vermont – Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’ Food and Farm Program hiring Nutrition Project Lead

Richmond, Vermont

Join The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’ Food and Farm Program as the 2018 Nutrition Project Lead!

 The Food & Farm Program provides young people with employment and service opportunities in the Health Care Share, a weekly prescription of fresh fruits and vegetables for families experiencing food insecurity. We work at the junction of youth development and food access, where public health, education and sustainable agriculture intersect. The Nutrition Project Lead is responsible for creating an environment that fosters creativity, learning, experimentation, and confidence among the youth and young adults who grow, cook, eat, and share food the farm. This Project Lead models the connection between our vegetable fields and the kitchen, the food we grow and the nutrition it provides us, and the preventative, lasting health fresh food brings to families.

With help from program staff, this position will deliver VYCC’s Food and Finance curriculum to youth Farm Crews, develop and teach daily cooking and nutrition workshops, enhance nutrition education provided to Health Care Share families and host large community meals at our headquarters in Richmond, Vermont. A successful candidate will provide youth and young adults with a culinary experience that introduces them to the basics of cooking, the importance of healthy eating and lifestyle, and the power food has in uniting people from diverse backgrounds, to create strong and healthy communities.

This is an AmeriCorps position. All Members receive a weekly living allowance, farm fresh food, and earn a Segal Education Award at the completion of service. Limited housing is available; please inquire to learn more.

To apply, please complete an application here:


Maine – Broadturn Farm hiring Summer Camp Assistant Educator

Scarborough, Maine
Summer Camp Assistant Educator, Broadturn Farm
Broadturn Farm is looking an enthusiastic individual interested in working with our youngest 4-5 year old farmers. This position is part time, 8:30am-12:30pm

Monday-Friday, from June 18th-August 17th, and our candidate must be available for the entirety of this time, with a potential opportunity for extended hours during some of our camp weeks. Assistant Educators work with our Lead Educators to plan, prepare for and implement our summer camp curriculum. You can expect a flurry of energy and excitement , and mornings filled with digging, singing, playing, picking and nibbling, slopping pigs, and holding chicks. Ideal candidates are full of energy, able to be silly, sing (a lot), and have at least 1-2 years of experience working with young children. Compensation is $10/hr.

Please send a resume to