Pennsylvania – Greener Partners hiring Assistant Farmer/Educator

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Assistant Farmer/Educator at Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm

Greener Partners (GP) seeks a part-time (20 hours/week) Assistant Farmer/Educator for our ½ acre Deaver Wellness Farm (DWF) at Lankenau Medical Center (LMC) in Wynnewood, PA. A partnership between GP and LMC, the DWF serves as a community resource for fresh food and education. As an extension of Lankenau’s Health Education Center, the farm is a field trip site for school-aged youth from the surrounding five county area. Through experiential learning in our half-acre living outdoor classroom, youth make connections between growing healthy food and growing healthy bodies. The farm also serves as a production site for over 30 varieties of chemical-free vegetables. Supporting Lankenau’s commitment to patient well-being, the produce is donated to primary care practices within the medical center and beyond. Patients of these practices receive fresh produce at their doctor’s visit, along with cooking and nutrition tips.

About Greener Partners

Greener Partners’ mission is to strengthen community health through food, farms and education. Since our founding in 2008, we have partnered with hospitals, schools and community organizations to farm and provide research-based education. Our programs are designed to improve access to fresh local food, increase fruit and vegetable consumption and empower individuals, particularly those in under-resourced communities, to grow their own food. Our mobile farm and food education program, Farm Explorer, gives people a direct experience with where their food comes from and motivates healthier eating. Our High School Leadership Program uses urban gardening, cooking, education and entrepreneurship as vehicles to develop leadership skills. Last year, our food security initiatives and programs on wellness and nutrition positively impacted more than 10,000 children and families from the five-county Philadelphia region.

About Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center is an acute care hospital and medical complex located just outside the western city limits of Philadelphia on a 93-acre campus in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Part of Main Line Health since 1985, Lankenau Medical Center has been devoted to the health and wellbeing of the community since 1860, with a founding mission to serve all those in need. Its continued dedication to service, compassionate patient care, and superior clinical programs make Lankenau a preferred destination for care by people throughout and far beyond the Philadelphia region. As a longtime teaching hospital, Lankenau Medical Center is committed to maintaining high-level expertise across all clinical areas—from primary care and disease prevention to medical and surgical management of all organ system disorders.

DWF Assistant Farmer/Educator

The ideal candidate will be an engaging, creative and flexible educator skilled at delivering quality programs to diverse audiences in a wide range of settings. In addition, s/he will have some vegetable gardening and/or farming experience and a passion for healthy, whole food cooking. Most importantly s/he will possess the following: a strong and collaborative work ethic; commitment to GP’s mission; pro-active approach and flexibility; problem-solving skills; willingness to learn; attention to detail; receive constructive feedback, ask clarifying questions and take responsibility; ability to productively manage time; open communication; sense of humor; and an open mind. This position is ideal for individuals who enjoy cooking, working outside, manual labor, and who possess a positive, can-do attitude. This individual will report to the DWF Farm Manager/Educator. There is opportunity for growth with a successful candidate.

Responsibilities:

  • Co-lead engaging and inspiring farm-based lessons focused on connecting youth to where their food comes from, how it’s grown, and how to make healthy recipes
  • Collaborate on the development of engaging lessons that support farm and food education
  • Assist the Farm Manager with the coordination and implementation DWF programming at the farm and in various hospital and community settings
  • Develop educational materials and hand-outs for both youth and adult education
  • Assist with crop production: seeding, maintenance, harvesting, post-production
  • Gather relevant data for use in measuring program impact and outcomes
  • Manage a budget for Youth Education materials and supplies and report to DWF Farm Manager
  • Collaborate with the Lankenau Medical Center community, including health educators, medical professionals, community partners, and patients
  • Collaborate with LMC Health Educators to incorporate the DWF into specified classroom lessons at the Health Education Center
  • Assist with the planning and coordination of special events
  • Support outreach efforts about the program and develop community connections
  • Provide onsite tours and engage with diverse stakeholders and visitors
  • Participate in other GP Education programming and projects related to DWF, as needed
  • Complete assigned continuing education and training per Main Line Health requirements

Additional Qualifications:

  • Several years of experience leading experiential education, whether nature, farm/garden-based for various age groups, including lesson planning and group management
  • Experience with sustainable farming/gardening and seasonal cooking
  • Experience working with a diverse range of ages and populations in a variety of settings
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of food justice issues and the local food community a plus
  • Experience with program development or curriculum development a plus
  • Ability to work independently AND ability to collaborate with a diverse team
  • Positive and flexible in handling challenging situations or uncertainty
  • Well-organized and able to work flexible hours
  • Up-to date FBI, PA Criminal, and PA Child Abuse clearances (or ability to obtain)
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs., bend, move quickly and work outside
  • BA preferred, but not require

How to Apply:

Greener Partners seeks qualified candidates to grow our team with creative, hardworking and motivated individuals who are committed to Greener Partners’ mission and programming. Greener Partners is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a progressive work environment for employees. This is a part-time, position with paid time off.  Salary starts at $17,000, based on experience.  We encourage people of color, LGBTQ, religious minorities, recent immigrants, and applicants from all generational, economic, and educational backgrounds to apply.  Please send resume and cover letter to jen.malkoun@greenerpartners.org

 

 

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Pennsylvania – Wild Fox Farm hiring Apprentices

Barto, Pennsylvania

Wild Fox Farm Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2018 Apprentices

Wild Fox Farm is currently accepting applications for our sustainable farming apprenticeship program.  Wild Fox Farm is located in the Lehigh Valley in Barto, PA.  The training will take place on the farm which includes 10 acres of vegetables, pasture raised range livestock: pigs, laying hens, broilers, sheep, a greenhouse and several hoophouses.  We are experienced vegetable growers with over 25 years of combined experience.

This apprenticeship training program was designed to provide all the necessary training to those wishing to pursue organic/sustainable farming as a livelihood or career.  Ideal candidates should have some farming experience and have the desire and interest in acquiring the necessary skills and experience to advance to the “journeyperson” level, where they would be capable of running their own operation or managing another farm.

Apprentices begin the season in the late winter/early spring so they can experience the full “summer” season and all the preparations that precede it. Depending upon the exact start date, the season ends in November. A second year is also possible. A second year could include working with the winter growing program and learning marketing, supervising and other managerial, leadership and business aspects.

In following with the training goals, apprentices participate in all aspects of the farm and learn 
the necessary farming skills both through classroom instruction, reading, and on the job training.

Compensation for the apprentices includes a monthly stipend, housing, seasonal produce as well as on-the-job training and educational courses that take place online and off-site through our partner organizations.

To apply, please send an email of interest and a copy of your resume to Ben at thewildfoxfarm@gmail.com

Pennsylvania – Urban Tree Connection hiring Community Education & Land Stewardship Coordinator

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Urban Tree Connection (UTC)’s mission is to work with residents in historically marginalized urban communities to revitalize their neighborhoods by transforming abandoned open spaces into safe and functional places that inspire and promote positive human interaction.

Job title
Community Education & Land Stewardship Coordinator

Department
Programs

Reports to
Executive Director

Status
Full-Time, Salaried

Position Summary

UTC’s Community Education & Land Stewardship Programs aim to cultivate community leadership development and land stewardship among multigenerational groups and community, primarily in the Haddington neighborhood of West Philadelphia. The Community Education & Land Stewardship Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing multi-generational programming which includes managing all children, youth and adult educational programming; and cultivation of community leadership development and stewardship of UTC’s scattered farming and community garden sites.

Duties and responsibilities

Community Building & Stewardship

·         Manage all aspects of community education and land stewardship programming in alignment with UTC’s mission and forward vision.  Support and carry out the organizational strategy.

·         Build strong relationships with community members, apprentices, leaders and gardeners that support their leadership development and forward UTC’s work and strategy.

·         Ensure that all scattered community garden sites are maintained and planted up; garden beds are fairly distributed, and resources coordinated with growers. Host garden work days with community members, developing community support and stewardship of sites.  Coordinate programming and events to promote highest community usage of sites.

·         Support the Farm Manager in developing Neighborhood Foods Farm as the hub for events and programming (tours, workshops, etc.), establishing open hours and volunteer days, and developing a hands-on workshare program for community residents.

·         Manage the Youth Apprenticeship Program, providing support and direction to Staff.  Develop accountability systems, further expand and build upon the existing model, develop evaluative measures for impact with support from Executive Director (ED).

·         With support of E.D. develop a signature curriculum for all educational / stewardship programming – utilizing agroecology/popular education principles and practices.

·         Connect and build relationships with other farmers/growers, community organizers, educators and food justice advocates (etc.) that align with UTC’s vision and strategy.

Management/Admin

·         In cooperation with ED, seek, hire, orient, train, manage, and evaluate programs Staff.

·         Supervise, train, and inspire programs Staff, apprentices, interns, and volunteers – providing regular feedback of their performance and development (i.e. develop training for Staff to effectively engage and work with youth people-apprentices).

·         Regularly track and record data related to community education programs (sign in sheets, registration forms, food production, surveys, etc.); develop outreach materials for community events; develop curriculum and educational materials.

·         Attend UTC Staff meetings, participate in fundraising events, contribute / complete grant applications and reports related to community programs and events (as appropriate, in coordination with the Executive Director).

·         Ensure all timesheets, receipts and reimbursements and other admin related documentation and record keeping are submitted from the programs department in a timely manner.

·         Manage the programs budget and aim to meet projected financial goals.

·         Seek opportunities for personal and professional growth and development that forwards UTC’s work and strategy.

Qualifications

·         Education: Must have obtained a high school diploma and/or G.E.D. equivalency.  College degree, and experience strongly preferred.

·         Experience: A minimum of three years of experience in working with young people and/or in multi-generational community-based programming.  Experience in teaching and developing political education; using popular education methodology. A minimum of two years of experience with sustainable gardening, farming, horticulture or landscaping.  Extensive experience working in urban communities and Black communities and/or communities of color. Experience as a community organizer is strongly valued.

·         Skills: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to develop curriculum and programming; facilitate meetings and workshops, and coordinate events. Ability to manage several community garden sites; and build strong relationships with community members. Ability to lead and take direction. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and various online platforms.

·         Abilities: Ability to lift 50 pounds; walk, stand, kneel, drive and bend for long periods of time; to work in varying weather conditions (heat, cold, wind, rain, etc.); to work in physically demanding environment while modeling endurance and positivity.

·         Other Characteristics: Commitment to racial, economic, environmental and social justice; respect for people of all cultures and backgrounds; open to personal growth and new experiences; demonstrate a passion for working with youth and community members.

·         Other Requirements: Can pass all background checks as required by the organization. Must have a driver’s license and clean driving record.

 

UTC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Black and people of color, gender oppressed candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to noelle@urbantreeconnection.org by February 1, 2017, with the subject line ‘Community Education and Land Stewardship Coordinator Position.’

Pennsylvania – Lafayette College hiring Assistant Director for Food and Farm

Easton, Pennsylvania

Assistant Director for Food and Farm

Lafayette College

Lafayette College invites applications for the position of Assistant Director for Food and Farm, colloquially known as the College Farmer. We seek an environmentally motivated, creative, and well-rounded leader to manage Lafayette’s 3-acre working farm and community garden (LaFarm). The Assistant Director for Food and Farm will oversee production of food for our dining hall and community partners, manage student farm employees and volunteers, collaborate with the academic division to integrate food and farm into the curriculum, and assist with student and faculty research. In that capacity, the successful applicant will contribute to the growth and future of the College’s burgeoning food and farm programming.

Requirements:

  • A successful applicant will preferably have a master’s or other advanced degree.
  • Applicants will also have at least three years of farm management experience, preferably in a university or college farm setting, and experience supervising staff and volunteers.
  • To ensure that LaFarm staff and volunteers are knowledgeable about food safety and take efforts to reduce risks, applicants should likewise be familiar with Good Agricultural Practices and relevant food safety protocols.

The Assistant Director will have a passion for the sustainable agriculture movement, enthusiasm for educating and engaging students, faculty and staff, and knowledge of marketing and promotional techniques, including social media. The ideal candidate will also be able to work flexible hours as needed during the growing season.

This is a year-round position with benefits, with a March 2018 start date. It is housed within the College’s Office of Sustainability.

To Apply:

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references to http://apply.interfolio.com/48015. To receive full consideration, applications should be submitted by January 20th, 2018. However, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Lafayette College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, age, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of sex); the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of disability); Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin); and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which requires that the College not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin); and other applicable laws and College policies.

Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community, one that is inclusive and responsive and supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining and developing a learning environment where difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced.

Pennsylvania – Carversville Farm Foundation hiring Apprentices

Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania

Carversville Farm Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2018 seasonal apprenticeship program. CFF is a certified Organic, non-profit farm that combines ecological regeneration and agricultural production to serve our environment as well as our community. Positions are focused on a specific area of the farm including Vegetables, Livestock, Dairy/Cheesemaking, and Field Crops/Hay production. For details and instructions on how to apply please visit http://carversvillefarm.org/#careers

Pennsylvania – Snipes Farm and Education Center hiring Farm Apprentice

Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Snipes Farm and Education Center in Morrisville, PA is seeking a full-time farming apprentice for the 2018 season. The apprentice will work in all areas of organic farming. This includes CSA marketing, maintaining accurate organic certification records, social media communications with CSA members, positive customer relations, supervision of volunteers and working as an effective team with the farm manager. We are a small nonprofit farm and education center with a 150-member CSA, farmer’s market presence, summer camp and education programs. This is a full time paid position. Pay based on experience and time commitment. Position begins March 1, 2018 – November 2018 with the possibility of extended employment for the right candidate. Email gayleb@snipesfarm.org with resumé, references and a letter of interest. Some farming experience is required, along with a passion for sharing the good news of local, organic agriculture! Contact (215) 295-1139 x102

Pennsylvania – Old School Farm hiring Farm Manager

Pennsylvania

Bio-diverse organic farm in Northeastern Pennsylvania is looking for a multi-talented individual to run a 50 acre farm with 1 acre under cultivation. Focus will be on managing two seasonal interns, maintaining property, and growing vegetable crops for wood-fired pizza events from May – October (we have someone to manage the pizza nights) House provided in the town of Honesdale – 10 minutes from farm. Housing in farmhouse on site during summer is possible.  Work to start in Feb/Mar or possibly sooner for the right candidate. Please send resume and cover letter to info@oldschoolfarm.com   Learn more at OldSchoolFarm.com  Compensation negotiable