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The Youth Agriculture Project helps young people build life and job skills through hands-on learning about food, nutrition, and agriculture.

Youth Agriculture Project

Employment

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Are you interested in getting involved with us over here at the Youth Agriculture Project? We would love to have you! There are different ways your effort can be appreciated from internships to program coordination. Check through the available positions below to see which opportunities suit you the best!

Growing Skills Program Assistant

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The Growing Skills Program Assistant serve as coach, teacher, boss, and mentor to the Growing Skills crew as they work on area farms, prepare snacks and meals together, mentor younger children, and take skill-building workshops. 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.

Responsibilities:

  • Train a diverse group of older youth in basic farm/garden, kitchen, and work skills
  • Plan, deliver, and evaluate workshops on career exploration, teamwork, and other life and job skills, coordinating with other staff and with community partners as appropriate
  • Guide and support youth crew working on area farms and with children in the greenhouse, garden, kitchen, and field
  • Use and model strong, positive life and career skills.

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 strongly preferred. Must be responsible, resilient, compassionate, and organized; work well as part of a team; and communicate well both verbally and in writing.

Schedule and Compensation

The start date and hours for training in May/June are flexible, increasing to 27 hours/week in July and August. You will receive weekly compensation (dependent on funding), practicum or internship credit if applicable, and organically grown fruit and vegetables from the field.

To apply:

Please email or send a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest, a resume, and contact information for two (2) references. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. (If this announcement is still on the website, the position is still open!)

  • Liz Kenton
  • Youth Agriculture Project Coordinator
  • UVM Extension 4-H
  • 11 University Way, Suite 4
  • Brattleboro VT 05301
  • email: youthagproject@uvm.edu
  • fax: (802)257-0112

Questions? Please do not hesitate to get in touch by email or by calling 802-257-7967 x308.

Internships

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2014 interns have the chance to share duties and learning opportunities with both Food Connects (our regional Farm to School organization) and the Youth Agriculture Project. We are looking for team players who are self-motivated, reliable, adaptable, and communicate well both verbally and in writing.

Internships have flexible hours, are unpaid, are based in Brattleboro VT, and may involve local or regional travel. Compensation includes, as applicable, mileage, organic produce, use of greenhouse and field space, and course credit.

Interns are encouraged to be creative in connecting work projects with their individual learning goals, so each internship will be unique. Some examples of the kind of work/learning you might do:

  • With the field manager of the School Harvest Project, do farm work and host visiting classes
  • Run Taste Tests at the weekly School Buying Clubs or the summer Neighborhood Market
  • Direct teaching with students of diverse ages and abilities in local school gardens
  • Create ready-to-use curriculum on a theme such as a Pizza Garden or Harvest of the Month
  • Support the Growing Skills summer job-training program which helps at-risk youth build their life and job skills through agriculture (can focus on farmers' market, mentoring, fieldwork, or group dynamics)
  • Research and promote farm and food education through social media and press releases

To apply:

Please send (by email, fax, or post) a resume and contact information for two references, along with a brief cover letter describing your goals and qualifications, as well as your availability (start/end dates and hours per week).

  • Liz Kenton
  • Youth Agriculture Project Coordinator
  • UVM Extension 4-H
  • 11 University Way, Suite 4
  • Brattleboro VT 05301
  • email: youthagproject@uvm.edu
  • fax: (802)257-0112

Questions? Please do not hesitate to get in touch by email or by calling 802-257-7967 x308.

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Last modified March 14 2014 03:45 PM