Summer Youth Farmer Director

Location: 
Brooklyn, New York
Publication Date: 
Monday, March 18, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
The Youth Farm

The Youth Farm is a unique partnership between the High School for Public Service and Green Guerillas. It is a 1.1 acre diversified production farm engaging the school community and surrounding neighborhood in farm-based experiential learning. Farm products are sold at a weekly farmers market increasing community access to fresh affordable food.

We are seeking applicants with experience in both education and farming to join the Youth Farm staff as the Summer Youth Farmer Director from May 15 – August 31 with an orientation week the last week of April and planning hours interspersed from May 1 - May 15. The applicant should be an enthusiastic self-starter with experience in gardening or farming, lesson planning, team management, and motivating and inspiring teens. The ideal candidate should be equally comfortable taking initiative and working collaboratively in a close-knit team environment. While farm knowledge is appreciated, it is very important that applicants have experience mentoring youth in leadership roles. We are committed to creating a workplace that respects and values diversity – we strongly welcome candidates from all backgrounds as we are committed to hiring staff that reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our school community.

Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Managing 10-15 youth farmers and several farm interns
  • Motivating and developing leadership skills in youth
  • Motivating youth to engage in farm activities ranging from irrigation and weeding to Marketing and selling at the farm stand
  • Supporting teens in the creation of a supportive team environment
  • Cultivating partnerships that support the goal of enhancing youth engagement
  • Working with farm team to evaluate how youth development objectives are being met
  • Collecting timesheets and budget for fiscal reporting
  • Documenting work through teen created videos and writings
  • Working with farmers to develop and integrate farm-based curriculum
  • Working with nutrition intern to develop lessons around cooking in nutrition twice/week
  • Managing farm school apprentice to lead youth and work on farm
  • Researching latest farm-based and food systems curriculum

 Qualifications:

  • Licensed teacher or equivalent experience leading youth
  • At least one season of farm/garden experience required
  • Manage work hours effectively with experience supervising others
  • Outgoing and engaging personality
  • Experience with non-profits, urban farming, food preparation, and/or nutrition a plus

 Availability:

  • MUST be available Wednesdays (10-6), Fridays (10-6), and Saturdays (10-4) from July 3 through August 24th.
  • MUST be available for one week at the end of April or beginning of May for farm orientation Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-3pm each day.
  • Flexible hours are available in the planning stages May – June.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Anita Singh at anita@bkfarmyards.com. The letter should include details of your availability, as well as details about your relevant experience. This position is a paid part-time position (20 hours / week), and also includes fresh harvested vegetables and herbs.

 

Stacey Murphy
www.bkfarmyards.com