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

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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

Massachusetts – Fresh Truck hiring Market Managers

Boston, Massachusetts

About Fresh Truck

We’re on a mission to radically impact community health in Boston by celebrating community food culture and getting fresh food to those who need it most. Fresh Truck operates two renovated school buses as mobile food markets, stocked with fresh fruit, vegetables, and healthy snacks. We partner with health centers and other community organizations to combine their services with access to affordable, healthy food. We love Boston, we’re obsessed with our mission and we’re committed to meaningful, long-term social impact.

Job description

Market Managers are the face of Fresh Truck in our communities, they make the shopping experience for our customers delightful and unique. This role requires a diverse skill set blending food purveyor, dockworker, truck driver, and customer service representative. We’re looking for someone with an unrelenting passion for community building and food.

What you’ll do

  • Drive a full-size, 39ft school bus
  • Manage daily mobile market operations from bus loading/un-loading, inventory management, restocking, to cleaning
  • Create an inviting customer shopping experience through consistent engaging customer service
  • Communicate with vendors, community partners, and co-workers
  • Support other Fresh Truck initiatives such as community outreach, customer surveys, and operations process improvement

Who you are

  • An excellent driver, accustomed to driving in an urban environment; strong preference for individuals with experience driving box trucks and large vehicles
  • Grit – you’re willing to get your hands dirty, comfortable with some heavy lifting and will stop at nothing to make things happen
  • You embrace working within diverse community settings and with a strong sense of social justice; being multilingual (Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese) and/or a Boston native is huge a plus

Requirements

  • Driver’s license with clean driving record for the past 3 years
  • Conversational Spanish
  • Ability to lift ~50lb on a regular basis
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn

Benefits

  • Competitive salary and health benefits
  • $10/ shift in food; any additional purchases are 50% off
  • The opportunity to shape Fresh Truck’s growth
  • Work day in and day out to make Boston a healthier city

Contact

We’re excited to hear from you! To apply send a resume to resumes@thefreshtruck.org

New Jersey – City Green Farms hiring Mobile Market Operator

Various Locations, New Jersey

Background Information

The Mission of the City Green Farms and Markets Program is to increase access to fresh, locally grown produce in urban communities of Northern New Jersey and to foster an understanding of food systems, the benefits of locally grown organic produce and the importance of healthy food choices. The Veggie Mobile is City Green’s mobile farm stand that works to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods that need it the most. The Veggie Mobile has been in operation since 2016 and has had great success in increasing access and affordability for fresh, locally grown foods. In

2016, the Veggie Mobile visited 19 partner sites in 8 different municipalities, and its reach is expanding in 2017 with a growing number of partner sites. We are looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking, and customer service oriented Mobile Market Operator to join our team.

Position Summary

The Mobile Market Operator is an important member of City Green’s Farms and Markets team. The Veggie Mobile is out on the road 4-5 days each week, making multiple stops each day in neighborhoods that lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Veggie Mobile farm stand stops include senior centers, city halls, WIC offices, and more. It is the Mobile Market Operator’s responsibility to drive the mobile farm stand to each site location, set up the farm stand, complete customer transactions while providing excellent customer service and information about the fruits and vegetables for sale, and break down the farm stand at the end of each market stop.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Driving City Green’s Veggie Mobile farm stand to a variety of locations 4-5 days per week, including senior centers, city halls, and more
  • Loading and unloading crates of fresh fruits and vegetables onto and off of the Veggie Mobile
  • Setting up and breaking down farm stands and displays according to City Green standards
  • Ensuring that produce and other food products are stored, displayed, and handled properly by market staff
  • Completing cash and federal benefit transactions (SNAP, WIC, FMNP) at all Veggie Mobile market sites
  • Implementing a Double Value Coupon Incentive program at all Veggie Mobile market sites for federal benefit customers
  • Collecting and recording transactional data for each market site
  • Providing friendly and respectful customer service to all Veggie Mobile shoppers
  • Attending outreach events such as health fairs and local festivals
  • Performing other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Must be comfortable driving and parking a box truck in urban areas. Valid driver’s license required.
  • Familiarity with food access, locally grown produce, organic agriculture, and food systems
  • Must have excellent customer service skills and be comfortable working with diverse customers
  • Comfortable completing and recording monetary and federal benefit transactions in fast-paced settings
  • Friendly and positive attitude required
  • Comfortable working outside in all weather conditions and capable of lifting 40-50 lbs
  • Must be available on select nights and weekends as needed
  • Familiarity with federal benefits (SNAP, WIC, FMNP) a plus
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred

Additional Information:

  • Market training will be provided.
  • 2 positions available, ~30 hrs/week each.
  • Driver must be available on select weekends and evenings.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: 

 Email: opportunities@city-green.org

 Mail: 

171 Grove Street

Clifton, NJ 07013

 Fax:  973-998-0682

 

Utah – The Green Urban Lunch Box hiring AmeriCorps VISTA for Development Work

Salt Lake City, Utah

The Green Urban Lunch Box is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA to Help with Development in Salt Lake City Utah. The Green Urban Lunch Box is a young and innovative organization based in Salt Lake City. Our mission is to revitalize neglected space to grow food for our community. But most importantly we focus on creativity and innovation to solve the age old problem of hunger. We believe that waste reduction and creativity can go a long ways toward helping low-income families have access to fresh healthy food. We are a fast growing, ever changing organization that encourages our employees to help shape the future of our organization and think outside the box.

We operate four programs in Salt Lake City. Our first program is a 35-foot school bus converted into a mobile greenhouse and farmers market. Our mobile market brings fresh produce to disadvantaged community members. Our second program is our Fruit Share Program, which seeks to reduce food waste and meet our community’s need for fresh, local, low-cost produce. Partnering with local organizations like Salt Lake City Fruit Share, SLCGreen, and Real Food Rising, our program works by cultivating relationships with property owners who have fruit trees and volunteers who harvest excess fruit and deliver it to local food banks and community agencies. Our third program is the Back-Farms which provides elderly community members with local volunteers to work together to convert their backyard space into urban farms (fruit and vegetable gardens). The Back-Farms program provides our participants not only with easy access to produce, but also facilitates a connection with the plot’s volunteer creating healthier communities. Lastly, we run a farmer training program that provides the tools and resources (land, mentoring, water, and equipment) necessary to help new farmers start a career in small scale agriculture. All of our programs are growing rapidly and we are looking for team members to help take them to the next step.

Duties: The VISTA will work to asses, log, and increase our funding options and funding available for our organization. Some knowledge of traditional fundraising is helpful but more important is the ability to think critically and bring new ideas to the table. You will gain valuable skills by learning how to do the following tasks: Prepare a report on our current funding situation with recommendations for the board. Look for additional funders based on your plan approved by the board. Seek funding according to the fundraising plan approved by the board. Attend outreach event where you will network for the organization in order to share our vision and build our reach.
 

Indiana – Growing Places Indy hiring Summer Apprentices

Indianapolis, Indiana

2017 Growing Places Indy Summer Apprenticeship Program

Application Deadline:  March 15, 2017

Growing Places Indy is a non-profit organization committed to empowering individuals to cultivate personal, family and community wellness through urban agriculture, food access and mind-body education.

Our apprenticeship empowers participants to understand what it means to Grow Well, Eat Well and Live Well in order to Be Well, and both challenges and encourages them to be the change they want to see in the world.

Mandatory Program Orientation:  Thursday, June 8 (time TBD)

Mandatory Program Dates:  June 12 – August 10 (8 weeks)

* There is a break from July 3 – 7.

Weekly Schedule:

  • Mondays – 8:00am to 1:00pm
  • Tuesdays – 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Wednesdays – 8:30am to 6:30pm (time is built in for lunch)
  • Thursdays – 8:30am to 12:30pm and 3:00pm to 6:30pm

Locations:

  • Boner Learning & Fitness Center at the Chase Legacy Building
  • White River State Park
  • The Eskenazi Health Sky Farm at the Sydney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital
  • The Platform at City Market
  • Additional field trips occur weekly

Hours per week: Approximately 25-30

In addition to our regular schedule, participation in and attendance at additional events, networking opportunities, and enrichment activities are encouraged.  Growing Places Indy will facilitate these opportunities throughout the program and participants are encouraged to seek out others.

Compensation: $400 stipend, a weekly veggie share and yoga classes

Program Description:  The Summer Apprenticeship Program immerses participants in the work of Growing Places Indy, through hands-on farm work to community engagement, fundraising, youth education, personal development and more.  Participants are challenged to consider what change they want to see in the world and are trained in skills they can employ to take personal action.  Participants build a strong team relationship within their cohort and have the opportunity to meet many leaders and entrepreneurs doing transformational work in the Indianapolis area.

Apprentices will:

  • Learn about urban agriculture through hands-on experiences and educational lessons, obtaining information and skills to teach others. This includes general farming activities (planning, planting, transplanting, cultivation, weeding, etc.) and sales/marketing/distribution activities (CSA, farm stand and restaurant sales).  Physical work is a major part of the program, with daily outdoor tasks at Growing Places Indy’s farm sites as well as farms, gardens and organizations across the Indianapolis area.
  • Engage in the Indianapolis area food system with producers, consumers, advocates and educators, connecting into a network of relationships and opportunities. This may include attending presentations and leading workshops, speaking engagements and tours for community members.
  • Explore and apply practices for personal empowerment including yoga, self-study, cooking, gardening and mindfulness activities. Participants enjoy a daily yoga/mindfulness practice and explore how to apply the philosophy of yoga in day-to-day life and work.
  • Develop an integrated understanding of how food access and awareness, agricultural systems, individual and collective lifestyles (or lifestyle choices) impact personal and community wellness, as well as economic and environmental sustainability.
  • Investigate how community based food systems support community development. This will include site visits, guest lecturers as well as recommended readings.
  • Explore leadership and teamwork concepts by working as part of a small team of apprentices and program leaders to accomplish daily, weekly and season-long tasks and goals.
  • Learn to comfortably and safely navigate Indianapolis by bicycle. Bicycling is the primary mode of group transit between farms sites, restaurant deliveries and visits to downtown area locations.
  • Each apprentice will have an additional role he or she will play to accomplish our collective goals and gain valuable experience. Examples include but are not limited to: farm stand manager, social media assistant, photographer, CSAveggie share leader, after school program leader, restaurant harvest coordinator and fundraising project coordinator.

Application Eligibility:  Eligible participants must be 18 years of age or older and have at least one year of continuing education or work experience post high school.  To be accepted, a candidate must be able to fully commit to the weekly schedule for the entire 8-week program, be willing to work hard, have a sincere interest in the subject matter and activities, desire to take on leadership roles and to grow personally.  Strongest candidates will be able to articulate a sense of purpose for applying, as well as thoughtful ideas on ways in which they can contribute to the 2017 cohort experience, Growing Places Indy and potential ways they will pay forward the experience.  Prior experience in gardening, farm product sales, educational programming and/or the practice of yoga are not required.

Application Process:

  • Submit your application by March 15, 2017 to Sarah Adams/Program Coordinator at saraha@growingplacesindy.org.
  • After an initial application review, applicants will by contacted for an interview by March 31, 2017.
  • Interviews will take place April 10 – 21, 2017.
  • Applicants will be informed of a final decision on their application by April 30, 2017.

Previous apprenticeship schedules and testimonials can be found at: http://www.growingplacesindy.org/our_programs/summer-apprenticeship/

2017-growing-places-indy-summer-apprenticeship-program-application

 

Colorado -Jefferson Conservation District hiring Urban Agriculture Intern

Denver, Colorado

Position Announcement

Position Title:            Urban Agriculture Intern
Location:                    Lakewood, Colorado (Denver Federal Center)
Closing Date:             March 1, 2017

Applications will be considered until the position is filled;
however, applications should be submitted by the closing date for full consideration. Internship mid-May thru mid-August

Salary: $12/hour

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours/week

Organization Overview Jefferson Conservation District (JCD), a political subdivision of the State of Colorado, provides natural resource technical assistance in Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek counties. Our mission is to provide leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment. Programing disciplines include forestry, noxious weeds, soil health and urban agriculture. JCD is overseen by a Board of Supervisors.

Position Overview – Position is a 16 week internship (Mid May-Mid August). Interns report to the Agriculture Coordinator and undertakes a variety of activities including: on- farm demonstrations, field tours, farm activities, event planning, publications, and social media engagement. The selected candidate will work with various groups from non- profits and government agencies to private landowners.

Primary Duties

  • Intern on-farm project- Develop an on-farm conservation practice that will occur at 1-3 different farm loca On-farm demonstrations will be conducted as an event, and intern will present data on the benefits of sustainable conservation practices to the public.
  • Equipment Share Program- Assist in developing a program for local farmers to share equipment and reduce farmers operating co
  • Relationship Building- Use interpersonal skills related to networking and listening to local farmer’s nee
  • Public Relations – Develop and maintain strong working relationships with landowners, other Districts, local, state, tribal, and federal agencies, and elected offic Increase social media presence and develop creative ways to increase PR for the District.
  • Outreach and Education – Promote existing district, state, and federal programs to interested landowners, operators, community organizations, and agencies. Develop written communications, displays, social media content, and presentations targeted to diverse audiences.
  • Website/Social Media Development — Update website regularly and maintain district’s presence in social media.
  • Event Planning – Organize meetings, workshops, farm/field tours, etc.

Necessary Skills

  • Experience with farming and/or interest in learning wide variety of aspects related to urban agriculture farming
  • Access to personal computer for on-farm research, blogs, social media, e
  • High organization and efficiency in managing tasks, projects, computer files, supplies, and time
  • Self-motivation and self-direction
  • Flexibility to perform a variety of duties and deal with unforeseen events
  • Excellent communication, both verbal and written
  • Problem solving skills, inter-personal and customer service skills
  • Use of innovative ideas and enthusiasm
  • Capacity to enjoy working with people and respect different viewpoints
  • Commitment to safety, quality, and professionalism
  • Experience in professional presentations and adult education/training
  • General computing skills: proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and able to learn other software programs as necessary
  • Discretion in maintaining confidentiality of cooperator business and records
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle and a valid CO driver’s license is required
  • Must have reliable transportation to various work sites – no vehicle provided

NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee will perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the intern program

Job Qualifications Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma
  • Experience in performing duties described above
  • Interest in natural resources or agriculture is an advantage

Highly Desirable

  • College degree or associate degree in urban agriculture, natural resources, horticulture or a similar field.
  • Experience working in farming, ranching or an agriculture related job is an advantage.
  • Social media, website, or publication experience.

Application Information: When applying with the Jefferson Conservation District, applicants may submit required materials listed below, via email to Jeffersonconservationdistrict@gmail.com or may mail hard copies of required materials listed below to:

Attention: Emily Zeller Jefferson Conservation District Denver Federal Center Building 56, Room 2604
PO Box 25426
Denver, Colorado 80225

Required Application Materials:

  • Cover letter (one page, one-sided)
  • Résumé (curriculum vitae or CV)
  • 3 references
  • College/university transcripts (photocopies acceptable)

Questions about this position can be referred to Maria Bumgarner at

bumgarnermaria@gmail.comor 720-544-2869.