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Description: Junior Farm Educator

Job Purpose: The Junior Farm Educator will assist the Farm Education Coordinator with food production and education programs for residents, primarily youth, living at Stenton Family Manor.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide education to youth residents at Stenton Family Manor, including direct teaching as well as development of lesson plans
  • Assist at all farm sites as needed
  • Work with Stenton high school youth to develop summer internship that encompasses food-systems education and work experience (including weekly participation in farm stand)
  • In coordination with Farm Education Coordinator, manage all aspects of food production and farm maintenance, including watering, harvesting, and management of weeds/pests using approved methods
  • Maintain equipment, tools, and infrastructure, including internal and external site management as it relates to WWCP, i.e. WWCP bulletin board, shed, tools, and resources
  • Document and keep records, including (but not limited to) volunteer hours, youth/student/resident participation, harvests, sales, and donations
  • Participate in operation of weekly farm stand including: harvest, set-up/clean-up, sales, records, and outreach; oversee participation/training of Stenton teen intern(s) as it relates to farm stand
  • Conduct marketing and outreach to community organizations, neighbors, leaders, etc. in cooperation with administrative staff
  • Contribute to communications and marketing strategy including social media updates and newsletter submissions (i.e. The Shuttle)
  • Coordinate with Stenton staff on activities including (but not limited to) summer camp activities, curriculum, staff raffle boxes, food donations to kitchen, kick-off and end-of-season cookouts,   and media/photo releases for youth
  • Train and support apprentices and farm volunteers
  • Attend appropriate fundraising and networking events
  • Assist with onsite special events (i.e. cookouts), as well as other WWCP events as needed
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results and duties as needed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Farming experience, including knowledge of sustainable agriculture, farm management, and organic growing practices
  • Experience in educational settings (experience working with youth, leading groups, and managing volunteers); background in nutrition or education a plus
  • Ability to lift at least 40 pounds
  • Must have a car
  • Must be able to submit a written sample

Skills/Attributes:

  • Ability to work well with diverse groups of people (experience working with low-income populations or experience with homelessness a plus).
  • Ability to teach agricultural concepts on a basic level;
  • Must be able to work independently, think creatively, solve problems, and make decisions in accordance with established policies and regulations (including in consult with direct supervisor).
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times; has a high moral character.
  • Polite, courteous and tactful with the public/donors/stakeholders.

Additional Considerations/Skills:

Special consideration will be given to those with:

Hours:                            25 hours/week (April-June)

40 hours/week (July-November)

 This is a seasonal position with the possibility of continuation. Extension of position/duties will be dependent upon program direction and organizational needs.

Compensation:           Hourly ($14/hr)

 

Reports to:                   Director of Operations

To Apply:                     Email cover letter and resume by March 24, 2014 to alison@weaversway.coop with subject line “Junior Farm Educator”. No calls please.

About Weavers Way Community Programs:

WWCP’s mission is to build the Northwest Philadelphia community by fostering cooperative activities that support local food production, economic literacy, a sustainable environment, and healthy lifestyles.

We envision a community where people have access to healthy food and lifestyles, and live in a healthful and sustainable environment; available land is used productively to meet common needs; low-impact and efficient modes of energy production and transportation are available; conservation and recycling is a way of life; and the cooperative business model is valued and practiced.

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