Youth Program Specialist

Employer: Urban Roots

Position: Youth Program Specialist

Posted: July 23, 2013

Application Deadline: Friday, August 16, 2013

Location: Austin, TX




Who We Are:

Now in its seventh year, Urban Roots is a youth development 501c3 that uses sustainable agriculture as a means to transform the lives of young people and increase access to healthy food in Austin. On 3 ½ acres of urban farmland, Urban Roots’ Core Youth Program provides thirty Austin teenagers with paid service opportunities and teaches them important life skills. Urban Roots engages young people to learn about hard work, to connect with the land and food, and to serve their community. Through additional programming, we engage hundreds of volunteers through team-building farmwork days on the land, provide educational tours to school and community youth groups, and donate thousands of pounds of farm-fresh produce to hunger relief agencies.


The Guiding Principles of Urban Roots:

1. We provide a High Quality, Transformational Experience for youth and community members.

2. We celebrate “Rigor” and Meaningful, Hard Work.

3. We build Strong Relationships.

4. We cultivate Intentionality in our work.

5. We engage our work with a Spirit of Celebration and Joy.

6. We Honor and Respect Diversity.


Job Summary:

We are seeking a high-energy, creative individual to join our team to coordinate and lead aspects of the Core Youth Program, Outreach Program, Alumni Program, Community programming, and Educational Tours. This full-time staff person works closely with the Program Director and Farm Education Specialist to lead young people (14-17) through UR innovative youth development techniques, integrating farmwork, field trips to local soup kitchens, cooking classes and over 60 leadership-development, cooking, and food justice workshops.


Who You Are:

You are eager to join a growing organization that is on the front lines of social entrepreneurship, sustainability, and food justice - where you can express your ideas & passion for fresh, local food and youth empowerment.  You have a lot of experience working with youth, and you enjoy taking an active and leading role in the ownership of projects and programs. You work well independently and relish working on a dynamic team. You are socially nimble as well as dependable and flexible. You are supremely organized & possess a great attention to detail.  Each summer you can't wait to harvest the first cherry tomato of the season, and you are comfortable getting dirt underneath your fingernails.  Watching a young person achieve his/her goals gives you real hope for the future.  You strive to have a healthy work/life balance, and your sense of humor helps keep it all in perspective.



  • Youth Outreach Program:  Execute and take ownership over the Outreach programming for 8 - 12 youth Interns on our farm including every Saturday and some weekday evenings in the Fall, transporting youth in a 15 passenger van, facilitating workshops, supporting the personal growth of youth through sharing feedback, and the recruitment/interview process.
  • Core Youth Program:  Executing several aspects of the Core Youth Program (similar to the Outreach Program) alongside the Program Director and the Farm Education Specialist on our farm.  Work with 30 farm interns every Saturday and some weekend evenings during the Spring Session (February – May), and every Tuesday thru Saturday during the Summer Session (June – mid July).  Assist in program planning and the Farm Intern recruitment/interviewing process.
  • Educational Tours:  Schedule and coordinate school and community groups to visit the farm.  Train youth to lead tours and support them during the tour.
  • Alumni Program:  Coordinate 2-3 youth Alumni reunions on our farm per year.   Keep Alumni information up to date.  Communicate with Alumni via social media.
  • Administrative Tasks:  Participate in Program Meetings.  Submit youth Intern payroll.  Secure in-kind donations for youth programming.  Assist with office management and administrative tasks.

  Job Requirements:

  • A completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent professional experience in the areas of social work, youth services and/or education
  • Two or more years working with teenagers
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Willingness to work Saturdays, some weekday evenings, and a flexible schedule as dictated by the needs of the program
  • Ability to work independently, with diverse groups, perform manual labor and lift up to 40 lbs., maintain a positive/motivating attitude while working rigorously during extreme weather/environmental conditions
  • Efficient in social media and Microsoft Office; strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Texas Driver’s license and good driving record


This is a full-time, year-round position at a salary range of $26,000 - $28,000 commensurate with experience.  Work in a dynamic co-working space in east Austin with over a dozen social-profit organizations and work on the Urban Roots farm.  Benefits include paid time off, access to seasonal produce, and a health care stipend. 


To Apply:

Submit a resume and a cover letter to  No phone calls, please. Please reference “Urban Roots Youth Program Specialist Search” in the subject line.  Approximate start date: Early/Mid September. We will review all submissions, identify viable candidates and contact ONLY those individuals selected to continue in the interview process.


Urban Roots is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position, especially candidates of color. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We will not discriminate in our hiring on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

Austin, Texas
Publicaton Date: 
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
Urban Roots
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