Food Literacy Project Job Opening

The Food Literacy Project Seeks Farm-Based Educators for the 2012 Growing Season

JOB OPENING: Farm-Based Educator

TERMS: Seasonal, Non-Exempt position:10-20 hours/week from March through mid-November, 2012

COMPENSATION: $10/hour

THE ORGANIZATION: The Food Literacy Project is the nonprofit education partner to a local vegetable farm in Louisville, KY whose mission is to inspire a new generation of people to build relationships with healthy food, farming and the land.   Founded in 2006, FLP offers group experiential education programs on the farm, professional development for educators, family programs, and ongoing entrepreneurial youth development programming.  Program participants (typically K-12, with occasional pre-K and adult groups) visit our working vegetable farm to learn about fresh healthy food and the soil where it grows while using all their senses to explore the farm. While all FLP programs bring the Field-to-Fork experience to life for our participants, our teaching staff and volunteers customize each program to meet the learning needs of the diverse groups we serve.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Farm-Based Educators deliver direct service to youth, pre-k through adult, on the farm and in local schools and community centers, as well as maintain our Youth Learning Garden and other program areas. Educators also help with administrative and office tasks associated with managing a small nonprofit, including mailings, running errands, printing of newsletters and other publications, managing program supplies and other tasks as needed. The majority of work is done outdoors, can be physically demanding, and will include some manual labor.

QUALIFICATIONS:

·         Bachelor’s degree preferred, or equivalent experience.
·      Experience teaching or working with children or the desire to learn; experience with diverse populations, especially at-risk youth, is beneficial.
·      Must pass criminal background check.
·      Be physically able to participate in and lead farm and garden work projects, and to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
·      Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
·      Shares a commitment to FLP’s mission; experience as a volunteer or paid staff for a small, community-based non-profit organization.
·      Self-directed and organized, with excellent communication skills.
·      Adaptability, creativity, and independence.
·      Background in or interest in sustainable agriculture, community food security, cooking, and/or nutrition are also assets.

TO APPLY: Send resume and cover letter, along with 5 references (3 professional and 2 personal) to Angelique Perez, Program Director.  Hardcopy submissions are preferred (see mailing address below), but electronic applications are accepted by email: angelique@foodliteracyproject.org. Applications will be accepted until Monday, February 6th at 5:00 p.m.

Visit http://foodliteracyproject.org/ for more information.

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