Missouri – EarthDance Farm hiring Youth Programs Coordinator

Ferguson, Missouri

Position Description: Youth Programs Coordinator

Now Hiring: Youth Programs Coordinator at EarthDance Farm

EarthDance Organic Farm School is seeking applicants for the AmeriCorps position of Youth Programs Coordinator. The successful candidate for this position will work to expand EarthDance’s Youth Exploring Agriculture & Health (YEAH!) programs to serve more children and families by developing new partnerships with groups that serve youth to provide farm-based education and enrichment to more low-income youth. The Youth Programs Coordinator will work with young people ages 5-21 around fresh food, nutrition awareness and cooking skills, and empowering youth to become food leaders.

The position will begin in August 2018. AmeriCorps positions entail a 12-month commitment, but may become a full-time permanent position pending funding and organizational need.

Organization: EarthDance

Mission: EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Position: Youth Programs Coordinator

Location: EarthDance Organic Farm School, 233 S. Dade Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Hours: 40 hours/week

Job Description Summary:

EarthDance is seeking a self-motivated and resourceful individual with excellent communication, educational, and interpersonal skills to serve as our Youth Programs Coordinator. The highly qualified candidate will possess an understanding of youth education, nutrition and cooking awareness, organic farming/ gardening, and passion for the good food movement.

The Youth Programs Coordinator will:

-Develop partnerships with groups that serve youth

-Provide farm-based education and enrichment to more low-income youth

-Recruit, train, and retain adult volunteers to serve as Field Trip Docents in order to increase EarthDance’s capacity to serve large groups of youth.

-Develop “on the road” food and farming related eating lesson plans for drop-in school visits

-Promote EarthDance’s programs– seasonal youth employment, teen volunteer opportunities–through outreach to schools and other avenues for connecting with young people. Continue reading

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Arkansas – Apple Seeds hiring VISTA Positions

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Apple Seeds, an education non-profit in Fayetteville, Arkansas, is looking to fill two VISTA positions starting August 20.
– Cooking in the Schools Coordinator
– Farm Lab Coordinator

 

The job descriptions can be found on our website at: https://appleseedsnwa.org/get-involved/
The listings are available at: my.americorps.gov. Type in “VISTA” as the program and “Arkansas” as the state and you should find the two open positions.
I’ve also attached the job descriptions.
ABOUT APPLE SEEDS:
For more than 10 years Apple Seeds has been serving Northwest Arkansas. In that time the organization has made great strides, positively impacting the community—student surveys show improved attitudes toward healthy food and heightened knowledge of nutrition. Apple Seeds reached nearly 7,000 students in 2017 through its programs. Apple Seeds provides a variety of programs, including Farm Lab, Farm to Table cooking classes, Food Ambassadors, Cooking in the Schools and school garden workshops. For more information visit www.appleseedsnwa.org.

Washington – Green Plate Special hiring Assistant Program Instructor

Seattle, Washington

DESCRIPTION

In this stipend-paid, active summer internship you will dive head first into the world of youth food and environmental education. As a Green Plate Special Assistant Program Instructor you will gain hands-on experience and guidance in facilitating youth-driven activities. You will support youth to garden and cook food that is good for their health, their confidence, and our planet. An internship with Green Plate Special is an excellent opportunity to assume a strong leadership position and build skills in communication, teaching, and organization. Our Assistant Program Instructor will lead small groups of 4th-8th grade youth not only in gardening and cooking, but also in art projects and team-building under the leadership of the Green Plate Special Education Director and GPS staff.

Time Commitment: 40-52 hours per week

Dates:  

Training:                             June 18-22, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Internship Starts:             Monday June 25
Internship Ends:               Friday August 31
General Schedule:           Monday-Friday 8:00 – 6:00*

*7 weeks of camp and 3 non-camp weeks, providing time for planning and personal time-away for rejuvenation

Compensation: $3,000 stipend, as well as school credit or service learning credit, if your institution offers it. Breakfast, lunch, snack are provided, as well as treats from the garden and leftovers to take home throughout the summer! Each intern will be given 1 week off during one of the free (non-camp) weeks during the summer.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead youth age 9-14 through portions of gardening, cooking, and creative art curriculum with the guidance of Green Plate Special staff
  • Contribute creative lesson and activity ideas for garden and culinary curriculum as requested
  • Ensure proper setup and take down of equipment for garden and cooking activities
  • General garden and kitchen maintenance throughout the week (we have a flock of chickens as well)
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications:

  • College (rising-sophomore through senior) or graduate student
  • Experience or study in: K-12 education, environmental studies, food justice and nutrition. Organic gardening and/or cooking experience a plus.
  • Strong leadership skills; ability to lead and engage 4th-8th grade youth through hands-on learning activities
  • Ability to implement and lead a lesson plan
  • Desire to take initiative and ability to identify and act when more support is needed in a group working environment
  • Enjoys collaborating with a small team in an outdoor setting and engaging in physical activity
  • Excellent communication skills, highly organized and punctual
  • Previous experience with 4th-8th grade youth a plus

Application Deadline: Accepting applications now until positions are filled

Please submit a cover letter and resume with two references by e-mail to Maia Bernstein at: maiab@greenplatespecial.org

BENEFITS

An internship with Green Plate Special is an excellent opportunity to assume a strong leadership position and build skills in communication, teaching, and organization.

HOW TO APPLY

maiab@greenplatespecial.org

http://www.greenplatespecial.org

Please submit a cover letter and resume with two references by e-mail to Maia Bernstein at: maiab@greenplatespecial.org 

PAID

Yes

WAGE

$3,000 Stipend

HOURS PER WEEK

General Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 – 6:00 (7 weeks of camp and 3 non-camp weeks, providing time for planning and personal time-away for rejuvenation)

PUBLISHED:

03/19/2018

END DATE

08/31/2018

ADDRESS

2115 25th Ave South
Seattle
WA
98144
United States

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California – The Heal Project hiring Farm Assistant

El Granada, California

THE HEAL PROJECT JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Positon: Farm Assistant

Total hours: 16 hrs/week

Weekly Schedule: T/W/Th 8am-5pm (one day of week flexible); plus Friday 8am- 5pm

Start/ End: May-October 2018

Compensation: $15.00/hour plus ​a weekly share of fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers

Specific Location: ​The San Mateo County School Farm, El Granada– Half Moon Bay, CA

Number of openings: 1

Report To: Jon Glancy – Farm Manager

About the organization: The HEAL Project (THP) is a unique organization providing hands-on programming that instills healthy lifestyle habits in elementary school children while inspiring environmental and agricultural awareness through comprehensive, interactive curriculum. Our vision is a world where everyone understands the connection between our food, our health and our environment.

The San Mateo County School Farm (SMCSF), operated by THP, is a 2 acre diversified fruit and vegetable farm in El Granada, California. SMCSF grows annual vegetables, berries, cut flowers, and culinary herbs. Produce is primarily used in THP’s educational programming and sold to local restaurants and at the Coastside Farmers’ Market. Over 1,000 student visit SMCSF annually to learn about sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and nature connection.

Objective:

  • Gain experience in all components of organic vegetable, fruit, and flower production in a coastal climate.

  • Contribute to site maintenance, management, and development at The San Mateo County School Farm.

  • Assist in the management of a farmers’ market stand, community supported agriculture share program, and restaurant sales.

  • Lead work projects with volunteers and community members.

Job Description:​

The Farm Assistant will work alongside The San Mateo County School Farm Manager for a full growing season. Tasks will include propagation, sowing/ transplanting, irrigation maintenance, mowing, rototilling, fertility management, composting, weeding, pest management, harvesting, postharvest handling (washing, packaging and storage of crops) and marketing a variety of crops. Farm Assistant will learn the basic systems and skills needed for row cropping on a small scale diversified farm, as well as many gardening and landscaping skills. In addition, this position will play a key role in helping harvest and prepare crops for sale through a CSA program and farmers’ market stand. They will be expected to assist in keeping the farm and the outdoor classroom clean and safe, and support the development of other educational infrastructure at the farm. The Farm Assistant will occasionally help with volunteers, community members, and student groups. Creativity, curiosity, flexibility, and enthusiasm are highly encouraged in this key support role.

Must be physically fit, and able to lift 50 pounds safely. Applicant must pass a live scan background check and a TB test. No previous farming experience is required for this position. Applicant should expect to learn about how to operate an educational fruit and vegetable farm in beautiful Half Moon Bay, CA.

Directions to Apply:

The HEAL Project is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

 

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.

ABOUT OUR JOB

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

ABOUT YOU

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 denvergov.org/jobs

 

 

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)
Responsibilities:
  • 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
Qualifications:
  • 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
Compensation:
  • $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 annika@schoolyardfarms.org 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 http://www.greenmountainfarmtoschool.org.

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

Qualifications

  • 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 jobs@gmfts.org.   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