|Position: GARDEN EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT
Employer : Oregon Human Development Corporation: YouthSource & Supa Fresh Youth Farm
Schedule : Part time, 20 hours per week, schedule will be primarily weekdays with occasional Saturdays & evenings for events.
Term : October, 2017-October, 2019 (two year position, continuation of position beyond year two is funding-dependent)
Salary : $17/hour, part time
Location : Tigard, Oregon
Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)
YouthSource & Supa Fresh Youth Farm Vision Statement: CULTIVATING THE FUTURE!
YouthSource & Supa Fresh Youth Farm Mission Statement: To cultivate self-sufficient, confident and joyful youth who enthusiastically pursue their career and life goals through internships, training and entrepreneurship.
The Supa Fresh Youth Farm, which is a component of the YouthSource program, is administered by the non-profit organization, the Oregon Human Development Corporation (OHDC) , located in Tigard, and is funded through grants from the Department of Labor, Oregon Department of Education, Metro, the City of Tigard as well as other funding sources. The Supa Fresh Youth Farm is an established S* ocial *P urpose E nterprise that has employed and trained low-income at-risk youth, ages 15-24, in the Tigard-Tualatin area since 2009, and serves as a learning space that provides rich experiential vocational opportunities for youth.
Position Summary & Project Goals
The Garden Educational Assistant position will support the primary Garden Educator with the responsibilities of implementing OHDC YouthSource’s Supa Fresh Youth Farm activities by leading youth farm activities and assisting program staff as directed.
Overview of Responsibilities: Leading a small crew of youth to design and install landscaping and sustainable elements for the Metzger Park Placemaking Project; leading and supervising youth at the farmer’s market, during CSA activities and at the farm stand; leading youth activities on the farm; assisting Garden Educator with farm business and lessons in an onsite alternative high school program; maintaining youth attendance; other assigned tasks as identified.
The Garden Educational Assistant will be supervised by the YouthSource Program Director.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES :
- Lead grant-funded Metro Placemaking project at Supa Fresh farm site with a team of youth interns; lead youth interns to host community and volunteer events; research, design and install permaculture landscaping elements and lead youth and volunteers in a cob structure installation at the Metzger School Park/Supa Fresh Farm site.
- Assist Garden Educator in running the Supa Fresh Youth Farm business, teaching business and entrepreneurship classes, using mainly hands-on project-based learning methods, and leading youth activities on the farm.
- Assist Garden Educator in leading student-intern farm crew to manage 3 small farms, including planning, cultivating, harvesting, processing, packing, marketing, customer service and selling produce through a seasonal produce stand, CSA and farmer’s markets .
- Assist Garden Educator with youth cooking activities, including meal planning, preparation and supervising youth in the kitchen.
- Assist Garden Educator in planning, documenting and leading youth on fieldtrips and offsite activities.
- Maintain, with staff and youth support, clean, organized, stocked work sites; oversee use of and purchase supplies and equipment for Metzger School Park project.
- Model reliability, integrity, leadership, strong work ethic, environmental stewardship, local pride, healthy lifestyle, teamwork and positive attitude.
- Oversee site safety of students, teachers, parents, volunteers & farm visitors.
- Uphold and model values that are consistent with the mission, vision, beliefs and values of OHDC YouthSource and Supa Fresh Youth Farm. Represent the program positively and enthusiastically in the community.
- Provide mentoring and positive role modeling for participants to facilitate their personal growth and professionalism.
- Have fun!
- Other tasks as assigned.
The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with a collaborative attitude and a passion for education, agriculture, the environment, equity, community-building and empowering others to succeed, in addition to the following qualifications:
- Proven record of successful project completion and ability to meet deadlines: a variety of related project types will be considered from both paid and unpaid work experience, as well as educational experiences.
- Minimum 1 year -Experience teaching/leading students in a farm/garden setting or similar program.
- Minimum 6 months-Experience teaching/leading at-risk youth/student populations including, but not limited to youth/students who are: juvenile justice or gang-involved, have a disability, or other barriers to success, preferably between the ages of 15-24.
- A proven record of success in engaging participants or volunteers in projects (preferably with youth or marginalized populations). A variety of experience will be considered for this but candidates must be able to demonstrate capability and willingness to work continuously to keep youth engaged in the program.
- Minimum 6 months -Experience working in an agricultural, farm, garden and/or landscaping or sustainable building setting, including but not limited to permaculture design, cob building, growing produce, maintaining farms/gardens, planning crop rotations, planting, harvesting.
- Ability to maintain impeccable attendance, use sound judgment, complete and follow through on tasks , meet commitments to students, staff, organization and funders.
- Ability to maintain client confidentiality and high professional standards of honesty and integrity at all times.
- Cob and/or Permaculture design, experience is highly preferred.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Age 18 +
- CPR/First Aid Certified
- Access to reliable transportation
Secondary (Desired) Qualifications/Attributes:
- Ability to foster positive relationships with at-risk students in educational or work setting, as well as with volunteers and community members.
- Positive, enthusiastic, patient, kind
- Self-motivated, takes initiative
- Ability to work effectively in a team: Supa Fresh takes pride in having a positive, thoughtful, supportive and fun team.
- Values equity and empowering others to lead.
- Excellent problem-solving abilities, ability to make decisions and adapt to changes smoothly.
- Time management skills, ability to meet deadlines, multitask and balance priorities
- Able to perform manual labor, work outdoors in physically demanding environment
- Volunteer/Community Service Experience
NOTE: Background checks will be conducted
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates may apply via email by responding to this post.
Include in email subject line: Garden Educational Assistant
- Submit with email: **
- Cover Letter: Include your experience as related to position requirements, your passion for working with youth, farms, and communities, and why you are interested in this position.
- 3 References (References will be checked for final candidates after interviews are completed)
Qualified candidates will be invited to interview; top candidate will receive a conditional offer of employment and then reference and background checks will be conducted.
Please note there is a short timeline to fill this position and interviews will be conducted during the last week of September.
Preferred Start Date: The week of October 2nd, 2017 (exact date negotiable)
Application Deadline: 5:00pm PST, September 26th, 2017
If you have questions about the application process please respond to this posting.
OHDC YouthSource & Supa Fresh Youth Farm is funded by WorkSystems, Inc. through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as the Oregon Department of Education, City of Tigard, Metro and other grants and donations. OHDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Auxiliary aides and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Job Type: Part-time
Salary: $17.00 /hour
- High school or equivalent
- Farm/Landscaping: 1 year
- Educational/Teaching: 1 year