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

 

 

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Connecticut – Common Ground hiring Urban Farm Interns

New Haven, Connecticut

Now Accepting Applications for our Urban Farming Internship, 2018 Season

Common Ground is home to a charter high school and a non-profit urban farm and environmental education center. The site includes 20 acres of forested hiking trails, wildlife and diverse natural habitats, and a working farm that includes production and education gardens and a variety of farm animals. Common Ground’s mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice among a diverse community of children, young people, and adults.

Working on the One-Acre Urban Farm

Common Ground (CG) grows nearly 10,000 lbs of fresh produce annually, including vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. We also raise broiler and laying hens, ducks, sheep and a goat. Farm products go to our Cafeteria, onsite farm stand, Spring and Fall CG Family CSA, the CG/Cityseed Mobile Market, and local restaurants. Farm work will be done with the Farm Director and Assistant Farm Manager, caring for the farm through the growing season. You will gain experience in all aspects of planting, growing, and maintaining a diversified sustainable vegetable operation, and small scale livestock management. Specific farm tasks may include planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, preparing for market, maintaining irrigation, keeping crop records, caring for farm animals and a variety of other tasks.

Several summer programs for children ages 4 – 18 take place on the farm. Apprentices do not have daily responsibilities for working with these programs, but must be mature and a good role model for all children on the farm. Apprentices may sometimes work with small groups of teenagers who are employed by Common Ground. Interns may also run an on-site farm stand and assist with additional markets and farm events as needed.  Depending on the interest and skills of the intern, there may be opportunities to help with off-site mobile farm stands and/or help host weekend educational events on the farm.

Skills and Experience

  • An interest in food security/food justice, urban agriculture and the local food economy.
  • Willingness and ability to work hard, physically in all weather. Previous garden experience is not necessary.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills with people of all ages and a good sense of humor.
  • Ability to learn, to ask questions, and also take initiative, to work both with and without direct supervision.
  • Demonstrated commitment, reliability, punctuality, and responsible behavior at previous jobs.
  • Maturity, and the willingness to be a positive role-model to young people working on the farm.
  • 18 years or older

Apprenticeship Logistics and Details

Seasonal availability and duration:

  • There are two apprenticeship spots available from the end of May-Mid August.
  • There is one apprenticeship spot available from the end of May through November.
  • Hours will be around 20 per week.

Compensation: Apprentices receive compensation based on minimum wage, a share of the harvest, farm field trips and other learning opportunities.

Housing: Housing is not provided.

Transportation: Parking is available on-site, as are bicycle racks. We have a bus-stop on site (take the B1 bus from the New Haven Green), and we are walking distance from New Haven’s Westville neighborhood.

To Apply: Send a cover letter addressing your interest in this position and your resume by May 1st, 2018. Send to the Farm Manager at deborah.greig@commongroundct.org or mail to Attn: Farm Manager, 358 Springside Ave. New Haven CT 06515. Questions? Call 203.389.4333 ext. 1217

Connecticut – Common Ground hiring Farm Based Education Coordinator

New Haven, Connecticut

FARM BASED EDUCATION COORDINATOR

2018 Job Description

Organization Overview

Common Ground is a center for environmental learning and leadership in New Haven, Connecticut where a diverse community of children, young people, and adults cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice. Farm meets forest meets city on Common Ground’s 20 acre campus at the base of West Rock Ridge. The site abuts the 1500 acre West Rock State Park, sharing hiking trails, wildlife, and diverse natural habitats with the surrounding forests. Common Ground delivers three tightly knit programs on site and in the community.

  1. Common Ground’s college preparatory Charter High School uses the site and the City as an organizing principle of its curriculum which is guided by an ecological framework that recognizes the connection and interdependence of all living and non-living things.
  2. The Environmental Education Center receives more than 12,000 community members/year who participate in festivals, field trips, after-school programs, and other educational opportunities on site.
  3. Our Urban Farm is a key resource for both the high school and community programs, as well as for the greater New Haven community. It includes both production and educational gardens used to demonstrate and teach lessons in agriculture.

Common Ground has a commitment to examining the intersection of social, environmental, and food justice issues; how systems of oppression, including white privilege, impact the organization’s work; and how resistance to those systems can offer windows into a more sustainable society. For more information on Common Ground, see www.commongroundct.org.

Job Description

Common Ground is looking for a part time, year round Farm Based Education Coordinator who is  responsible for engaging the Common Ground (CG) community in areas of food justice by supporting educational programs related to our farm.

Our farm is a valuable resource for both the CG High School and Community Programs. It includes a ¾ acre production farm, greenhouse, compost operation and a variety of livestock. The Farm Based Education Coordinator plays an important role in supporting educational projects involving the farm, requiring strong skills in leading groups of youth and adults in food justice and farm based activities. This position also involves hands on support of farm and kitchen work. The Farm Based Education Coordinator works closely with Farm, High School and Environmental Education Center Staff to plan and execute educational programs at Common Ground HS and to support our other Community Programming needs. Their work will greatly contribute to an overall goal of building an integrated whole organization where people understand, contribute to, and collaborate in each others’ work across the organization. There is a lot of room for innovation and growth in this position.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Education

  • Work directly with high school teachers and students to build their capacity to use the farm as an opportunity for active, authentic place-based learning, and to integrate food justice and agricultural themes into their courses.
  • Work with High School (HS) teachers, Farm staff, and the Environmental Leadership Manager to lead one time or recurring “hands-on” lessons revolving around all subjects, from math to social justice, as they intersect with food and agriculture.
  • Lead the Green Jobs Corps Crew, our HS student employment program, on work days with our animals, and on the farm and occasionally at other sites.
  • Conduct lessons and supervise our HS farm and animal afterschool clubs.
  • Support farm related youth leadership opportunities like conferences, special projects and farm internships.
  • Do outreach and education in the HS, including tastings and other cooking activities.
  • Support adult education and farm activities through our partnership with the School Garden Resource Center and our Volunteer Days.
  • Work with Farm Director and the CG Chef to develop education around Farm to Cafeteria initiatives.
  • Collaborate with CG Community Programs, which includes programming for younger school age students from surrounding areas, about supporting Farm Based education for their programs.

Farm and Kitchen

  • Participate in basic farm tasks outside of education based responsibilities; these could include greenhouse work, irrigation, weeding, harvesting and other special projects.
  • Support and communicate with kitchen staff about processing farm produce and student preferences.

General

  • Regularly communicate with the Farm Director about weekly teaching and farming responsibilities.
  • Work with the Farm Staff to set goals and expectations for school and community education and develop parameters to measure outcomes and success.
  • Maintain records and resources related to education program administration.
  • Participation in overall organizational professional development, meetings, fundraisers, events and activities.

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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.’

Utah – Green Urban Lunch Box hiring FruitShare Coordinator

Salt Lake City, Utah

Our Mission at the Green Urban Lunch Box (GULB) is to empower people to engage in local food production by using the resources available in their community. We do so by connecting people to a creative network of spaces and opportunities. GULB runs 4 main programs: FruitShare, Back-Farms, the Small Farm Initiative, and the Mobile Market.

The FruitShare program maintains and harvests the unused fruit trees along the Wasatch Front. In 2018, this program’s goal is to harvest harvested 90,000 pounds of fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste. The FruitShare Coordinator, with the support of GULB staff, americorps, interns and volunteers, works to improve efficiency, relationships, and statistics for this program each year. This is a full time, year round, salaried position.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide supervision, inspiration, and support to staff, americorps, interns and volunteers within this program

  • Hiring and training various positions

  • Communicate, educate, resolve conflicts, and deepen relationships with homeowners

  • Ensure all data collection is accurate, up to date and input into the system

  • Advertising, sales, oversight, and execution of tree care services and internally raised revenue

  • Arranging partnerships, payments/details (if necessary), and carrying out drop offs for excess fruit

  • Continual work with support team to increase sustainability, efficiency, and growth

  • Evaluate and troubleshoot on a regular basis

Seasonal Responsibilities:

  • January – March (~40 hrs/wk)

    • Pruning the trees and removing branches

    • Advertising/promoting, collecting/recording payments, tracking notes and records

  • April (~30 hrs/wk)

    • Brewing and spraying compost tea

    • Advertising/promoting, collecting/recording payments, tracking notes and records

    • Thinning apricots

  • May- June (~50 hrs/wk)

    • Thinning apricots, peaches, nectarines, apples and pears

    • Data collection and input

    • Training new staff, americorps, and volunteers

    • Preparation for harvest season

  • June-October (~50 hrs/wk – ~40 hrs/wk)

    • Scout/Harvest

    • Training team on harvest protocol

    • Data collection and input

  • November – December (~20 hrs/wk – ~10 hrs/wk)

    • Reflect, evaluate, and prepare for the upcoming season

    • Assist Executive and Development Director in locating and applying for upcoming grants

Qualifications:

The FruitShare Coordinator will be committed to the Green Urban Lunch Box’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership and relationship management experience.

  • 2 years experience in nonprofits, urban agriculture, or related field

  • Strong marketing, public relations and conflict resolution experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Proficient computer skills

    • (Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Calendar are a must, Salesforce and other web based apps are a huge plus)

  • Motivated self starter who will work collaboratively with a team

  • Willing to work outside in ALL weather conditions (while motivating others to do so as well)

  • Valid Drivers License

  • Ability to lift and carry 50+ pounds, bend over, and climb trees/ladders regularly

Please email Shawn@gulb.org to apply

New York – WHEDco hiring Farm Manager

Bronx, New York

50 East 168th Street, Bronx, New York 10452 www.WHEDco.org

Title:                  Farm Manager – PAID – Part-Time 2017 Farming Season
Location:          Intervale Green, 1330 Intervale Avenue, Bronx, NY 10459        
Reports to:      Sustainability & Project Manager 

WHEDco is a community development organization founded on the radically simple idea that all people deserve healthy, vibrant communities. We build award-winning, sustainable, affordable homes – but our work is not over when our buildings are complete. WHEDco believes that to be successful, affordable housing must be anchored in strong communities that residents can be proud of. WHEDco’s mission is to give the South Bronx access to all the resources that create thriving neighborhoods – from high-quality early education and after-school programs, to fresh, healthy food, cultural programming, and economic opportunity. See www.whedco.org for more information.

WHEDco affords all qualified applicants equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, or any other category protected by law.  WHEDco follows the requirements of the New York Human Rights Law with regard to nondiscrimination based on prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.

Job Summary:

Since 2010, WHEDco’s rooftop urban farm (approximately 1,600 square feet), and ground-level greenhouse, have been sustainability features of Intervale Green, providing economic, social, and environmental benefits to the community and environment. The rooftop urban farm has promoted healthy eating in the Bronx, as hundreds of pounds of food have been grown and distributed to residents of the building. The rooftop farm also reduces storm water runoff by capturing hundreds of gallons of storm water that would otherwise contribute to NYC’s combined sewer overflow. As a type of green roof, the rooftop farm also enhances the energy-efficiency of Intervale Green by absorbing solar radiation during the hotter summer months, allowing the building to remain cooler and reducing air- conditioning use.  The Farm Manager will tend to certain plots on the rooftop farm and in the greenhouse to grow food for residents in the building and potential local partners, as well as engage residents to manage their own plots. The Farm Manager is an hourly, part-time position and is for the 2017 farming season only. The position will require approximately 5 to 20 hours per week, depending on the season. The work schedule is flexible each week with prior notification and approval. The Farm Manager must be able to work independently while reporting weekly to the Sustainability & Project Manager

Responsibilities:

  • In cooperation with tenants and with support from the Sustainability & Project Manager, assume primary responsibility for planning, planting, maintaining and cultivating WHEDco’s rooftop farm and ground-level greenhouse.
  • Execute and oversee farm policies and procedures.
  • Enhance and maintain the compost system, assess and implement water efficiency measures, including a new irrigation system.
  • Record and submit weekly reports of tasks, hours worked, progress, and activities/ events; maintain data in an Excel spreadsheets and online database, as applicable; meet weekly with Sustainability & Project Manager to review.
  • Hold regular farm hours for residents, as well as weekly produce giveaways / demos in the building lobby.
  • Plan additional periodic farm events (e.g. Harvest Festival).
  • In cooperation with Sustainability & Project Manager, coordinate educational programming with community partners.
  • Prepare information about produce (Spanish translation can be provided), as well as draft flyers marketing farm events.
  • Coordinate with WHEDco’s Communications Department to document and promote farm events and activities, including on the WHEDco farm blog.

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of gardening experience and demonstrated knowledge of horticulture, experience organizing youth and/or adults (preferably in a garden setting) a plus.
  • Enthusiastic approach to tenant and community engagement.
  • Excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Cooking skills; comfortable teaching and presenting to groups.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and ability to use online database and email.
  • Ability to lift and carry farm supplies and produce; ability to crouch, bend and kneel.
  • Organized, enthusiastic, and resourceful problem-solver.
  • Fluent or conversational in Spanish a plus.

 Competitive Pay Based on Experience.

 PAID – Part-Time/Seasonal Position (Farming Season 2017, plus planning and wind-down)

 To respond, send a cover letter and resume to the following: 

 Email:             sustainability@whedco.org
Attnention:   Sustainability & Project Manager
 

Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring Urban Farm Manager

Staunton, Virginia

AMI Urban Farm Manager at VSDB

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) seeks an Urban Farm Manager to oversee the operations of a 3-acre farm site at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton, VA. The 3-acre site consists of a 1-acre vegetable farm, educational gardens, outdoor classroom and kitchen, orchard, and diverse native habitat plantings. AMI manages and operates the Urban Farm at VSDB, which provides students of all ages a place to learn, play, and grow outdoors. The farm hosts community work days, teacher trainings, as well as workshops for our surrounding communities. The incumbent will plan and carry out the continued development of the farm site based on the goals of the project, and work closely with the VSDB horticulture teaching staff to carry out garden-based education curriculum at the farm. The Urban Farm Manager is responsible for the organic,sustainable management of all operational aspects of farm production including: plant propagation, cultivation, succession planting, pest and nutrient management, harvesting, processing, distribution, quality and quantity control for all vegetative plantings, both perennial and annual.

The Urban Farm Manager position description and AMI Application Form is attached to this email.  In addition, those interested may visit AMI’s website athttp://www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org/ to view the complete Urban Farm Manager position description, download the AMI application form, and follow instructions to apply. 

When applying, please email a single compiled .pdf file that includes a cover letter, resume, AMI Application Form, and at least 3 professional references to:EDSearch@alleghenymountainschool.org.

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c) 3 educational nonprofit organization that cultivates healthy communities through food and education.

Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, disability, political affiliation, or marital status. AMI is an equal opportunity employer.