Jobs and Volunteering
Are you interested in getting involved with us over here at the Youth Agriculture Project? We would love to have you! There are numerous ways your effort can be appreciated from volunteering to program coordination. Check through the available positions below to see which opportunites suit you the best!
Volunteering[back to top]
Youth Ag's 1-acre farm at the Brattleboro office of UVM Extension needs hands on the land! Share your expertise and elbow grease, learn some new skills, meet new people, and rack up community service hours or Master Gardener internship hours!
Interested? Please contact us to arrange a farm visit! We would love to meet you and learn more about your goals, skills, and availability.
Examples of jobs include: Planting seeds, setting up irrigation lines, repairing boxes and benches, transplanting, drawing and painting decorative informational signs, harvesting, watering, weeding, ... Here's an idea of what we'll be working on throughout the season:
|Seeding in greenhouse||
|Greenhouse Watering *daily*||
|Dig and hill potato beds|
|Plant bush beans, corn, squash, pumpkins...|
|Cultivating veggie & flowers beds|
|Farmers Market (Wednesdays)|
|Growing Skills (Summer Programming)|
|Grow a Row (School/Afterschool Programming)|
Staff Positions[back to top]
GROWING SKILLS PROGRAM COORDINATOR **Position Filled**
The crew leader serves as coach, teacher, boss, and mentor to the Growing Skills crew as they grow food crops together, prepare snacks and meals, mentor younger children, sell their crops at the farmers' market, donate to local food shelves, and visit other farms. This is a demanding position and a great opportunity to learn agricultural practices, hone your leadership skills, and work with a diverse population of youth.
- Train, supervise, and lead a diverse crew of older youth who are working and learning on our Brattleboro farm, at the local farmers' market, and in the community;
- Use and model strong, positive life and career skills;
- Plan, deliver, and evaluate workshops on agriculture, food systems, career exploration, teamwork, and life skills, with other staff and with community partners;
- Guide and support youth and children working together on greenhouse, garden, kitchen, and field work.
Qualifications: Relevant hands-on experience would include working with youth and/or diverse audiences, cooking, agriculture, teaching or facilitation, and/or food systems. Local candidates preferred. Must be self-motivated, responsible, adaptable, and able to organize time; work well as part of a team; and communicate well both verbally and in writing.
Internships[back to top]
The Youth Agriculture Project is offering several internship opportunities for the 2013 growing season. Internships are based in the Brattleboro office of UVM Extension and may involve local or regional travel.
All interns must be self-motivated, reliable, adaptable, and able to organize time; able to work well as part of a team and to take direction; and communicate well both verbally and in writing.
Interns are encouraged to be creative in connecting work projects with their individual learning goals. Positions as described may be adapted on a case by case basis, for instance by taking place over more than one season.
Deadlines: Fall -June 10th. Winter - October 10th. Spring - January 10th.Summer-April 10th.
|Deadlines||Fall: June 10th||Winter: October 10th||Spring: January 10th||Summer: April 10th|
|Agriculture - Compost||X||X||X|
|Agriculture – Greenhouse / Field||X||X||X|
|Education – School Enrichment||X||X|
|Education – Curriculum Development||X||X|
|Education – Growing Skills Program||X||X||X|
|Administration – Outreach||X||X||X|
|Administration – Resource Development||X||X||X|
Required: Ability to work outdoors for long periods in variable weather, a strong work ethic and communication skills, plus a passionate interest in sustainable agriculture and/or local food systems. Preferred: Experience in gardening or farming, interest in outdoor education and/or working with youth.
Compost: Work closely with the Farm Manager to improve soil fertility at the Brattleboro farm site, secure organic matter and nutrients through community partnerships, test cover-cropping strategies. SPRING, SUMMER, FALL.
Greenhouse / Field: Assist the Farm Manager on a 1-acre vegetable farm in Brattleboro. Intensive fieldwork plus opportunities to support education activities, lead volunteers, and assist with record-keeping and logistics. SPRING, SUMMER, FALL.
Required: Experience in experiential education, lesson planning, and/or working with youth from diverse backgrounds and abilities. Preferred: strong interest or skills in community development, nutrition, and/or local food systems.
School Enrichment: Lead garden-based farm and food education for students of diverse ages and abilities on Youth Ag's 1-acre vegetable farm and at area schools. Field-tested curriculum is available. FALL, SPRING.
Curriculum Development: Update or create ready-to-use lessons on a theme such as the Vermont 4-H Pizza Garden or another topic of interest. FALL, WINTER.
Growing Skills Program Assistant: Program support to help at-risk youth build their life and job skills through agriculture. Support and help lead workshops and activities. Can focus on farmers' market, mentoring, fieldwork, or teambuilding aspects of the program. SPRING, SUMMER.
Required: Ability to do basic graphic design in Microsoft Office or other software, some familiarity with the contexts of farm-based education and /or sustainable food systems. Preferred: interest in non-profit and educational management, strong local or regional network of contacts.
Outreach: Research and promote educational opportunities related to youth in agriculture through social media, newsletter, press releases, etc. Create photo albums, newsletters, brochures, other outreach materials using Youth Agriculture Project's archived photos and program documentation. FALL, WINTER, SPRING.
Resource Development: Work with program staff to secure financial or material donations, write grants, and/or fundraise from local businesses. FALL, WINTER, SPRING.
Send a resume and contact information for two references, as well as a cover letter indicating the position you are applying for, your goals and qualifications, and your availability (preferred start/end dates and hours per week) to:
- Liz Kenton
- Youth Agriculture Project Coordinator
- UVM Extension 4-H
- 11 University Way, Suite 4
- Brattleboro VT 05301
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- fax: (802)257-0112
Questions? Please do not hesitate to get in touch by email or by calling 802-257-7967 x308.[back to top]
Last modified December 13 2013 11:42 AM