Virginia – Project GROWS hiring Education Manager

Verona, Virginia

Job Description
Title: Education Manager (part-time 30hrs/wk)

Reports to: Executive Director

Project GROWS (PG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational farm with a mission to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. We cultivate health by connecting children to nutritious food through 1) hands-on, garden-based education and 2) access to healthy local food. Project GROWS cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our farm in Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 25,000 pounds of food each year. We serve over 3,000 local youth each year with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education, and partner with 22 local agencies on food programs including field trips, summer camps, and farm to school tastings.

General Statement of Responsibilities
The Education Manager (EM) will be responsible for coordinating and implementing all aspects of education programming at Project GROWS. The EM will implement programming at the farm and partner sites including but not limited to curriculum development and modification, on-site instruction, in-school instruction, and the development of learning gardens in the community. Along with the Farm Manager, the EM will supervise and mentor youth staff and education interns including Fellows from the Allegheny Mountain Institute. In addition, the EM will be expected to participate in ongoing design, planning, and maintenance of farm. The EM will:

·         Manage and collaborate with other staff, interns, and volunteers to provide nutrition, gardening, and cooking instruction to youth and adult participants at Project GROWS

·         Manage and collaborate with staff, interns, and community partners to modify and implement food education taking place at partner agency sites and farmer’s markets and at community events

·         Meet with youth staff and intern(s) on a weekly basis to discuss performance and growth and provide him/her with any support and assistance he/she may need

·         Develop systems for tracking quantitative and qualitative data in order to accurately measure the impact of educational programs and make necessary adjustments to the programs

·         Develop resources and aids to accompany lessons, working toward a holistic learning experience that takes a student from the classroom, to the farm, and beyond

·         Manage all aspects of communication with local school systems, including teachers, administrations and nutrition directors, facilitating and managing field trips, staff visits, and farm to school activities

·         Develop and implement workshops on nutrition and gardening in the community throughout the year

·         Develop new lessons and strategies for connecting children to nature, including a comprehensive summer camp curriculum

·         Serve as the liaison and coordinator for the Youth Education Committee (a committee of the Project GROWS Board), and recruit community partners as members

·         Participate regularly in farm maintenance and farmer’s market management, as needed

·         Work closely with the farm manager to develop education-focused spaces throughout the farm

·         Coordinate the monthly Project GROWS newsletter and manage other social media as required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Most importantly, Project GROWS seeks a flexible individual who is willing to take part in all PG responsibilities and be part of a dynamic team. Specifically for this position, Project Grows seeks an individual who is comfortable with and knowledgeable in development of curriculum, effective instructional strategies, and an interest in providing appropriate classroom management in a garden setting.  Has experience and knowledge of working with children and youth from diverse backgrounds. Possesses strong interpersonal skills and an ability to manage various community relationships. Is very organized and has strong communication skills including managing a high volume of email requests in a timely manner and coordinating all scheduling. In addition, knowledge of the flow of a full season in a production garden and a basic knowledge of Permaculture and/or sustainable food production is a plus. All Project GROWS’ staff must be able to lift 50 lbs and work outside in physically demanding environments.

 

Physical Attributes and/or Environmental Issues
The position is very much a “textured” position requiring of the Education Manager to be both comfortable in an outdoor setting engaging plants, comfortable working independently in an office setting, as well as comfortable providing instruction and/or workshops to youth on and off-site.

Other Requirements:
·         Cell phone communication

·         Frequent computer and internet access

·         Reliable transportation

·         A valid driver’s license

·         Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

·         Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants

Compensation
This is a year-round, 30 hr/wk position. Benefits include paid time off and a share of farm produce. Weekend availability is required for special education events and occasional farmer’s markets (May through September). This is a paid position starting at $15-$18 an hour negotiable based on experience.

TO APPLY
Please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 references to Jenna Clarke, Executive Director, at jenna@projectgrows.org.

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Utah – Youth Garden Project hiring Interns

Moab, Utah

Internship Opportunities Available at the Youth Garden Project

YOUTH PROGRAMS INSTRUCTOR

SPRING & SUMMER SESSION

Internship Dates: February 28th, 2018 —August 17th, 2018

Number of Positions: 2

Minimum Age Requirement: 21
Application Deadline: open until filled

Internship Description:

The Youth Garden Project (YGP) is a non-profit organization in Moab, UT with the mission of cultivating healthy children, families, and community through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table.

 We are looking for an individual that is interested in working as an educator in a hands-on, outdoor setting within a variety of educational programs. In the spring, we have an After-School Program, Garden Classroom Field Trips, 8th grade Environmental Science Elective class that visits weekly, and a weeklong Spring Break Camp—all of which will be taught primarily by two interns with aid from the Program Manager. During the summer, four interns facilitate our nine week Summer Camp designing and implementing the lesson plans for this program.

 Internship Details:

SPRING

  • Plan and lead activities for the After-School Program
  • Develop and facilitate garden-based activities for Spring Break Camp
  • Teach Garden Classroom Field Trips for grades Pre.K-6 using YGP’s curriculum. During a Garden Classroom, each intern will teach approximately 12 students (half of a class) for 90 minutes.
  • Co-facilitate any other field trips (Middle/High School Classes, etc.) either with another intern or the Program Manager
  • Interns may also have the opportunity to build on pre-existing curriculum or develop new curriculum

 SUMMER

  • Four interns will work as a cohesive team to run the nine week Summer Camp program
  • Interns will receive an in-depth training prior to leading the Summer Camp program; including behavior management techniques, discipline policies, and more
  • All interns will plan, organize, and lead the Summer Camp program with guidance and support from the Program Manager. Daily Summer Camp responsibilities include, but are not limited to: ensure overall smoothness of the Summer Camp day including safety of campers; enforce YGP discipline policies with campers; prepare materials for activities and snacks; manage groups of children while building relationships/rapport with them; teach two-three 45 minute activities per day with co-instructors; encourage campers to learn, have fun, and connect with the garden; communicate with parents/guardians regarding campers’ behavior, etc.
  • Each intern will play a role in the instruction and development of Summer Camp weeks. This includes, but is not limited to: creating experiential, fun, and educational activities related to each Summer Camp theme; submitting detailed lesson plans beforehand—planning time will be provided in the spring; sharing and coaching co-instructors in regards to your activities; providing positive and constructive feedback to co-workers

OTHER

  • Interns should expect to work 35 hours per week on average during the spring (schedule varies) and 45 hours per week on average during the summer (M-F, 8am-5pm)
  • Interns should expect to be outside the majority of the day
  • YGP is involved in a series of local community events and fundraisers that interns may be required to work or attend
  • Interns will be certified in CPR and First Aid; certification opportunity will be provided if applicant is not already certified
  • Interns are expected to be a positive and enthusiastic team member throughout the duration of the internship

 Educational Opportunities:

  • Gain experience teaching elementary-aged students • Build your teaching skill set by leading hands-on science lessons • Learn about how a garden can be used as a teaching tool • Make relationships with students, teachers, summer campers, and families • Write and implement creative lessons and activities • Have opportunities to connect children with gardens, food, and community • Community event/workshop involvement • And more!

 Skills Desired: applicants must be 21 or older.

Interns must be responsible and reliable; work well independently and in a team setting; show enthusiasm, and have an interest in experiential education. Intern should be a problem solver who is flexible and able to improvise. Intern must have an open mind and willingness to be involved with the Youth Garden Project beyond its programs and work either in the garden or at special events.

Compensation:

  • Each intern will receive a stipend of $400/month. First and last month’s stipend will be pro-rated based on days worked.
  • YGP will provide housing. Rooms will be shared with 1-2 roommates. Interns may move in the weekend before the internship begins, and move out by the Monday following the close of the internship. Any extended stay beyond these times must be approved by the Associate Director.
  • Interns will be provided with a small space at the house to garden for supplemental food supply and learning experience. YGP will provide seeds, plant starts, tools, irrigation, etc.
  • When YGP is in peak harvest season, the intern household will receive a box of produce each week.
  • Access to a variety of pro-deals through YGP

TO APPLY:  Please e-mail a brief cover letter and an attached resume with three professional references to Program Manager, Julie Zender, atjulie@youthgardenproject.org 

FULL SEASON FARM INTERNSHIP

Internship Dates: February 28, 2018 to November 16, 2018

Number of Open Positions: 1

App Deadline: Open until filled

Minimum Age Requirement: 21
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Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring Farm and Food Education Fellows

Staunton, Virginia

Applications Available for Farm and Food Education Fellowship

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is seeking applicants for its fully-funded Farm and Food Education Fellowship. Now in its seventh year, the 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with non-profit partner organizations (Phase II). AMI is an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education based in Staunton, VA.

Phase I – Farm Study (April 22-October 31, 2018)

  • Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, small animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more on our mountain farm in Highland County, VA.
  • Study regenerative farming, nutrition and wellness, permaculture design, and community development through expert guest instructors, field trips, and educational sessions.
  • Explore local food system leadership opportunities and participate in school gardens, farmers markets and other community events.
  • Stay in handcrafted cabins, study in wifi-equipped common spaces and share farm-fresh meals supplemented with whole food staples.
  • Receive $1,000 upon successful completion.

Phase II – Service Application (January 2- December 31, 2019)

  • Work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education in Highland and Augusta Counties.
  • Contribute to projects such as: developing school gardens and site-based curriculum, creating infrastructure for local food systems, growing food and increasing food access, and teaching nutrition and cooking.
  • Build leadership skills through monthly professional development sessions and continuing education opportunities.
  • Receive an annual salary of $18,000 (less payroll taxes, paid bi-weekly)

Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting.

Applications are due by February 1, 2018 and are available at: www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and are reviewed as soon as complete. For more information and questions, please e-mail: jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org.

 Allegheny Mountain Institute admits candidates of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to Fellows. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.

California – BYA hiring Environmental Training Center 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

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

California – UC Santa Cruz hiring Field Site Assistant Manager

Santa Cruz, California
We’re excited to announce that the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz is hiring a Field Site Assistant Manager!
The Field Site Assistant Manager will aid in all aspects of education, production, and research in the Field Site, which currently covers  ~11 acres of tractor cultivated grounds.  The assistant manager will be heavily involved in facilitating the management of the fields to support the diverse programmatic offerings at CASFS including  but not limited to: the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, Mentoring advanced apprentices, UCSC undergraduate internships, faculty and graduate/undergraduate research trials, ENVS class trials and visits, and more.
Daily actives will involve crew management, marketing management and support, irrigation management and support, tractor driving and implement use, purchasing, and various record keeping and reporting duties.
The assistant manager will report directly to the Field Production Manager, Kirstin Yogg.
For additional questions on the position and timelines please contact Kirstin Yogg (kyogg@ucsc.edu).
TO APPLY: Look for position #1707440 or follow this link.  The initial review date for this position is 9/28/2017.

New York – Capital Roots hiring Farm to School Organizer

Troy, New York

Farm to School Organizer

About Capital Roots – Capital Roots is striving to create a more vibrant and equitable food system in New York’s Capital Region. We work to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties.  Our mission is to nourish healthy communities by providing access to fresh foods and green space for all.

This full-time position provides an exciting opportunity to work in the rapidly developing field of Farm-to School. Candidate will work closely with staff deeply knowledgeable of local food system, but will be actively involved in program creation and managing relationships with partners. Requires an organized and self-motivated candidate committed to local food. We are looking for someone with experience in project management, who can work as well alone as they do in team settings.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 1-2 years of professional work experience preferred.
  • Excellent computer and communication skills are
  • Clean driving record required
  • Must have a positive attitude, high energy level, ability to work with a diverse community and possess a genuine interest in Capital Roots’

RESPONSIBILITIES  INCLUDE:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with several school districts and dozens of farm partners
  • Serve as primary school district contact
  • Identify and help mitigate barriers to Farm to School for these districts and farms
  • Work closely with Capital Roots food hub staff and partners to avoid duplication of services
  • Connect districts to resources to increase local food purchases
  • Work with school administrators, food service directors and suppliers to implement the program
  • Maintain aspects of project data collection and grant rep
  • Assist in the creation and delivery of local food surveys, tastings and trainings

USEFUL  KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:

  • Food service/safety
  • Knowledge of school systems/ bureaucracies
  • Farm and/or food advocacy
  • Produce distribution

SALARY & BENEFITS:

  • This position is a full-time position (40 hours per week) paid at an hourly rate of $13.00/hr.
  • Comprehensive health care coverage with fully covered employee premiums and low-cost co-pays and dedu
  • Generous time off every year that includes paid holidays, vacation & sick time, and personal day
  • Employer funded pension plan – company contributions begin after 2 years of employment
  • Eligibility for the federal government’s Public Student Loan Forgiveness program
  • Flexible work envi

To learn more about Capital Roots, go to www.capitalroots.org. Capital Roots is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates, especially candidates of color. We   encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We will not discriminate in our hiring on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

Send cover letter and resume (no calls please!) to:

Matthew Schueler, Grow Center Planner Capital Roots
594 River Street, Troy NY 12180

Or by email: edcenter@capitalroots.org