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Food Literacy Project Seeks Year-Round Farm-Based Educator

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JOB OPENING: Farm-Based Educator

TERMS: Year-round, non-exempt position: 20-25 hours/week, some evenings and weekends required

COMPENSATION: $11/hour

THE ORGANIZATION

The Food Literacy Project (a nonprofit education partner to Field Day Family Farm, an 8-acre commercial vegetable operation located in Louisville, KY’s Hikes Point Area) is transforming youth and their communities through food, farming, and the land. Founded in 2006, the Food Literacy Project reaches a diverse group of youth and families through the Field-to-Fork Program, which includes experiential education programs, in-school and afterschool programs, family engagement programs, professional development for teachers and food service personnel, community outreach activities, food access projects, and out-of-school-time youth development opportunities. In a time of great concern about rising obesity rates, lack of access to fresh foods, as well as the cultural disconnection between people, food and the earth, the Food Literacy Project engages youth and families to create a just and sustainable food system that cultivates healthy communities. Participants empower themselves with skills to lead healthier lives and discover earth’s bounty through hands-on learning.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Farm-Based Educator (FBE) will deliver direct service on Oxmoor Farm, Iroquois Farm, and at local schools and community centers, preparing and leading hands-on activities with youth and adults. The FBE will work under the guidance of a Program Director and Program Coordinator and alongside a team of seasonal FBEs. She/he will facilitate hands-on education programs, assist with curriculum development, collect and enter program data, assist with staff training, maintain the Youth Learning Garden and other program areas, and execute site management projects alongside staff, program participants, and volunteers. The majority of this work is done outdoors, can be physically demanding (walking, lifting, kneeling, crouching, etc.), and includes some manual labor. The FBE will also help with office tasks associated with managing a small nonprofit, including assistance with publications and mailings, running errands, managing program supplies, and other tasks as needed.

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Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience teaching or working with children.
  • 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 Food Literacy Project’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, with a willingness to seek and accept direction as appropriate.
  • Background in or interest in farming, sustainable agriculture, food justice, cooking, and/or nutrition are also assets.

 

TO APPLY: Please send a resume, cover letter and five references (3 professional, 2 personal) to Program Director, Sarah McCartt-Jackson, by Monday, January 30th. Hard copy submissions can be mailed to 9001 Limehouse Lane, Louisville, KY 40222. Electronic applications will be accepted by email to sarah@foodliteracyproject.org

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The Food Literacy Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

The Food Literacy Project emphasizes diversity in both our programs and our staff, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable federal laws.