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Agricultural Educator - Job Description

Position Purpose:

Our Core’s Agricultural Educator will plan, coordinate, and carry-out agricultural education programming in collaboration with student interns, teachers, partners, and volunteers. The position is funded through a USDA Farm to School grant, which supports activities including procuring locally-grown food that the students will eat, agricultural and preparation processes from farm to fork, and agricultural education for students and staff (e.g., what is agriculture, how to integrate agriculture into various curricula, how to procure and prepare locally-grown food, and the value of food being sourced locally).

 

Deliverables:

  • Recruit five teachers each school year to integrate AgriCultural Education into their classrooms and curriculum.

  • Co-design and provide instruction, coordinate outside presenters for Urban Agriculture Basics course each school year in an after-school setting, one to two days per week for two hours each day.

  • Supervise 12 youth interns in the summer program each year; plant, maintain, and harvest produce outside, in the elements

  • Connect Our Core staff and volunteers, youth interns, teachers, and outside individuals and organizations.

  • Coordinate activities for teachers on three Professional Development (PD) days per school year, for two to three hours each PD day.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteer Management: recruit, retain, and recognize teachers and others for their participation in the AgriCultural Education program.

  • Curriculum Design: Provide teachers with agricultural educational support including lesson plan development and working 1:on:1 with teachers. Develop existing and new agricultural education lessons, co-developed with the Executive Director.

  • Teach, supervise and engage with youth and respond to situations that arise.

  • Communicate regarding programming successes and goals to increase support of the program. 

  • Facilitate Farm-to-School Committee meetings. 

  • Co-plan and deliver educational programs and events including taste tests, field trips, workshops and special events, community and organizational events. 

  • Occasional travel and some weekends

 

 Position Qualifications:

 

Required

 

  • Knowledge of local food systems and sustainable agriculture, and land stewarding

  • History of working thoughtfully with a diverse population

  • Experience working with children; formal or informal teaching experience 

  • A Bachelor’s degree or 4 years relevant experience

  • Comfort with soil, plants and the ecosystem’s creatures

  • Satisfactory results of Criminal History Background Check

Preferred

  • Engagement as employee or volunteer in non-profit setting

  • Excellent public speaking, writing skills, and organizational skills

  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

  • Spanish speaking and understanding

Compensation & Benefits:

  • $17-19/hour 

  • 20 hours per week

  • Fresh produce when in season

  • No health coverage

  • Paid time off 

  • Work remotely when schedule and duties allow

  • Potential expansion to full time position

  • Input on schedule

 

Applications accepted and reviewed continuously  until position is filled. 

Please forward resume, letter of introduction to:

 Jenn Bynoe @ ACE@ourcore.org

Clarifying questions may be sent to:

 Christine Hutchinson @ Hutch@ourcore.org