Missouri – EarthDance Farm hiring Youth Programs Coordinator

Ferguson, Missouri

Position Description: Youth Programs Coordinator

Now Hiring: Youth Programs Coordinator at EarthDance Farm

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

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

Organization: EarthDance

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

Position: Youth Programs Coordinator

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

Hours: 40 hours/week

Job Description Summary:

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

The Youth Programs Coordinator will:

-Develop partnerships with groups that serve youth

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

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

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

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

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Utah – Youth Garden Project hiring Garden Educator Intern

Moab, Utah

Youth Garden Project
530 South 400 East
Moab, Utah 84532
435-259-2326

GARDEN EDUCATOR INTERNSHIP

SUMMER & FALL SESSION

 Internship Dates: May 22nd, 2017-November 17th, 2017

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 with children in a hands-on, outdoor setting within a variety of educational programs. In the summer, four interns facilitate our nine week Summer Camp designing and implementing the lesson plans for this program. During the fall, we have two After-School Programs, Garden Classroom field trips, and some Middle and High School classes that do experiments; all of which will be taught primarily by two interns with aid from the Program Manager.

Internship Details:

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 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; sharing and coaching co-instructors in regards to your detailed plans; providing positive and constructive feedback to co-workers.

FALL

  • Interns plan and lead garden-based activities for two After-School Programs.
  • Interns will receive Garden Classroom training and be given time to prepare for teaching, ask questions, and review any details with the Program Manager.
  • Interns will teach grades K-6 in the garden using YGP’s curriculum; each lesson plan correlates with Utah Core Curriculum standards. During a Garden Classroom, each intern will teach approximately 13 students (half of a class) for 90 minutes.
  • Interns will co-facilitate any other field trips (Middle/High School Classes, etc.) either with the Program Manager or another intern.
  • Interns may have the opportunity to build on pre-existing curriculum or develop new curriculum for Garden Classrooms.

OTHER

  • Interns should expect to be outside the majority of the day.
  • Interns should expect to work 45 hours per week on average during the summer (M-F, 8am-5pm) and 35 hours per week on average during the fall. The fall schedule varies on a day to day basis.
  • 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.

 Desired Skills: 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.

 Educational Opportunities: • Gain experience teaching elementary-aged students • Build experience teaching hands-on science • Learn about how a garden can be used as a teaching tool • Build relationships with students, teachers, summer campers, and families • Write and implement creative lessons and activities that connect kids to the garden• Have opportunities to connect children with gardens, food, and community • Community event involvement • And more!

Compensation:

  • Each intern will receive a stipend of $400/month. First and last month’s stipend will be pro-rated based on days worked.
  • The Youth Garden Project will provide housing. 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 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 one CSA share 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, at julie@youthgardenproject.org

 

Massachusetts – Wright-Locke Farm hiring 2017 Farm Educator

Winchester, Massachusetts

2017 Farm Educator (spring and/or summer programs)

NOTE: Candidates may apply to work during spring, summer, or spring and summer programs (spring and summer program schedules do not overlap).

The farm is now hiring Educators for its spring and summer programs for children in preschool (ages 4 – 5) and in grades K – 8. Educators are paid $12 per hour to facilitate outdoor programs. All farm staff are required to undergo a CORI check prior to the start of their work period (the farm will do this upon hiring).

An Educator’s responsibilities include:

  • Preparation to facilitate programs
    • Reading education materials provided by the farm prior to the start of the program(s)
    • Attending required paid training at the farm (8 hours for returning staff and 16 hours for new staff; typically scheduled the week prior to seasonal program start)
  • Facilitation of youth programs
    • Setting up before and cleaning up after each program session
    • Teaching lessons and leading activities (includes modifying lessons and activities as necessary)
  • Communication with student volunteers
    • Delegating tasks and duties to student volunteers before, during, and after program sessions
    • Maintaining positive relationships with student volunteers
  • Communication with the Education Director or Assistant Education Director
    • Providing feedback about successful and unsuccessful lessons and activities
    • Notifying the ED / AED of any known issues experienced during one or more sessions
    • Updating the ED / AED about student volunteer performance

Candidates for the Educator position should:

  • have a strong interest and/or background in teaching children about farming, nature, healthy eating, or related subjects (experience preferred but not required)
  • enjoy working with children ages 4 – 14
  • have a positive attitude, be a strong leader, and be able to adapt to changing environments
  • be comfortable working outdoors- rain or shine!
  • be comfortable handling farm animals (no experience required)
  • be able to lift at least 50 lbs
  • have reliable transportation 

We seek to hire Educators for the following 2017 Programs (work schedules below): Continue reading

Massachusetts – Wright-Locke Farm hiring Assistant Education Director

Winchester, Massachusetts

2017 Assistant Education Director

The farm is now hiring an Assistant Education Director to help develop, manage, and facilitate outdoor youth programs for its 2017 program season. The Assistant Education Director is a full-time position held March – October 2017 (expected start date on or near March 6, 2017) and is paid $15 per hour. All farm staff are required to undergo a CORI check prior to the start of their work period (the farm will do this upon hiring).

The Assistant Education Director’s responsibilities include:

  • Preparation to help develop and facilitate programs
    • Initial one-on-one training with the Education Director to learn about the farm, education programs, and the short and long-term responsibilities of the Assistant Education Director
    • Reading education materials provided by the Education Director
  • Development of youth programs
    • Working with the Education Director to determine appropriate themes and subjects for spring, summer, and fall programs for kids ages 4 – 14
    • Working with the Education Director to create seasonal program curriculum, including lesson plans and notes
    • Gathering / preparing materials for lessons and activities
    • Regular participation in youth garden maintenance
  • Facilitation of youth programs
    • The Assistant Education Director will work directly with the Education Director and/or seasonal educators to co-lead all spring, summer, and fall youth programs scheduled April – October 2017 (see below for detailed program schedule) as well as non-registration based programs, like schools visiting the farm for a morning field trip
    • Setting up before and cleaning up after each program session
    • Teaching lessons and leading activities (includes modifying lessons and activities as necessary)
  • Communication with seasonal staff and student volunteers
    • Delegating tasks and duties to seasonal staff and student volunteers before, during, and after program sessions
    • Maintaining positive relationships with seasonal staff and student volunteers
  • Communication with the Education Director
    • Notifying the Education Director of any known issues experienced during a program or related to the Assistant Education Director position
    • Providing feedback about successful and unsuccessful lessons and activities
    • Updating the Education Director about student volunteer performance

Candidates for the Assistant Education Director’s position should:

  • have a background in teaching children about farming, nature, healthy eating, or related subjects and a strong desire to create and teach similar curriculum in an organic farm setting
  • enjoy working with children ages 4 – 14
  • have a positive attitude, be a strong leader, and be able to adapt to changing environments
  • be comfortable working outdoors- rain or shine!
  • be comfortable handling farm animals (no experience required)
  • be able to lift at least 50 lbs
  • have reliable transportation
  • pending emergencies and excused absences, the Assistant Education Director must be able to commit to working the planned 2017 youth program schedule (there is some flexibility in work hours outside of seasonal programs listed below)

The Assistant Education Director must help facilitate the following 2017 Programs (work schedules and programs periods noted below): Continue reading

Youth Garden Project hiring Program Manager

Moab, Utah

Now Hiring – Program Manager. This is a full-time, year-round, salaried position.
To apply: send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Delite Primus, Executive Director, at delite@youthgardenproject.org
Application Deadline: April 9, 2015.                                                                                    

Program Manager Job Description

Position Overview: Under the direction of the Executive Director, the program manager will oversee the Youth Garden Project’s youth programs, collaborate with community partners, supervise Program Interns and ensure all programs align with the organization’s mission. This is a key staff position, requiring someone who is flexible, collaborative, able to work independently, loves to work with people, exhibits strong leadership, and is enthusiastic about using a garden as a classroom to teach academic and life lessons to youth of all ages and backgrounds.

The Program Manager is responsible for coordination and administration of the Youth Garden Project’s youth programs, including but not limited to: Garden Classroom Field Trips, Summer Camp, After School Program, and Middle School Class. The Program Manager works with teachers and schools to develop and build programming.  The Program Manager collaborates with YGP’s Garden Manager to integrate youth into the garden space as much as possible andco-manage the YGP internship program.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The Program Manager is responsible for the planning, development, organizing, staffing, and leading program activities in the following areas: 

Youth Programs:

  • Create, oversee, and develop youth programs including Garden Classroom Field Trips, After School Program, Summer Camp, and Middle School Class.
  • Remain up-to-date on Utah Core Curriculum Standards.
  • Develop or update Garden Classroom Curriculum based on teacher or intern feedback and/or change in State Standards.
  • Build relationships with the schools and their teachers, and families of program attendees.
  • Develop new programs by assessing community/school needs, identifying potential areas of growth, and conducting research.
  • Inventory and acquire supplies for the infrastructure of the youth programs.
  • Track numbers and budget for grant writing purposes.
  • Provide a safe, active, and engaging environment for all students. 

Internship Program:

  • Recruit & hire Program Interns.
  • Conduct trainings and provide training materials for interns on YGP programs and working with youth.
  • Facilitate an educational experience and provide a supportive learning environment such that interns grow as outdoor garden educators.
  • General management of up to four interns including goal setting, scheduling, and mentoring.

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Wolfe’s Neck Farm hiring Teen Ag Crew Coordinator

Freeport, Maine

Job Posting

Teen Ag Crew Coordinator

Position Summary

A pioneer in sustainable agriculture since the 1960s, Wolfe’s Neck Farm (WNF) is a Freeport-based nonprofit agricultural campus close to the greater Portland metro area, set on 626-acres of incredible beauty, consisting of a unique mix of ecological systems: forest, marsh, pasture lands and four miles of coastline. Our programs focus on connecting people all ages with sustainable agriculture.  Thousands of people are attracted annually to the farm for programs and events where they learn about sustainable farming; gain a greater understanding of where their food comes from, and how they can be more active participants in the food system. Integral to the Wolfe’s Neck Farm experience is interaction with our diverse array of pasture-raised animals.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm believes strongly in the power of experiential education, and uses our special campus to bring people of all ages to the farm for immersive and powerful hands-on learning experiences.

The Teen Ag Crew Coordinator will oversee the development, management and execution of the third year of the Wolfe’s Neck Farm Teen Ag Program.  This innovative, community serving agriculture production and skill-building program has two primary objectives:

1) To provide a meaningful sustainable agriculture immersion program and job skills for a group of 4-6 teenagers in every aspect of a sustainable farming operation, including business planning, field skills, harvesting, livestock management and developing customer and consumer relationships and;

2) To provide area residents in need with access to healthy, locally-grown produce by donating a significant portion of the yield to area food pantries.

The Teen Ag Coordinator will work directly with other key Education and Farm staff to ensure the effective management and integration of the Teen Ag Program into Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s programs and operations.  This is a full-time seasonal position with expected dates of employment from April-October.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, hire, train and lead a group of teens through the Teen Ag program, ensuring a safe, meaningful, enriching, empowering and enjoyable experience
  • Develop and implement a diverse vegetable production plan for two acres with the help of the program participants and other volunteer groups
  • Prepare and conduct trainings for Teens in conjunction with WNF’s Agriculture Staff and outside experts
  • Work to coordinate harvest and delivery of produce to three primary markets: our local participating food pantries and other contracted accounts, an onsite farm stand and a 20 share CSA program
  • Provide an atmosphere for developing good morale, learning, fun, and well-being among the teens and involved community members
  • Help throughout the growing season with program documentation, evaluation, and recommendations for the following season
  • Address other responsibilities required to successfully implement a safe and successful program Continue reading