Sunday, August 28, 2011

Youth Farm Instructor Apprenticeship Fall 2011

BK Farmyards is looking for an innovative, engaging educator to join us at our teaching farm at the High School for Public Service in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Over the course of the year we run programs that challenge our students to think about their own access to affordable fresh food and nutrition, and we give them tangible career building skills through workshops and experiences on the farm. This role is best suited for someone with a passion for food justice, experience teaching youth and a love of community organizing.

Responsibilities:
· Improve existing curriculum and pilot new, innovative programs that challenges students to re-envision and reinvent their relationship to food
· Manage our Media Campaign , a program where students study marketing techniques used by junk food companies and co-opt them for marketing fresh food
· Lead group activities on the farm (including, but not limited to: harvesting, spring planting, crop planting, digging new beds, composting)
· Lead hands-on, in-classroom exercises related to food justice and community organizing
· Help plan and execute year-long programs
· Opportunity to grow role into full-time, paid position

Qualifications:
· Studying to be a teacher or educator and/or educational experience with youth
· Farm or garden experience in an educational role
· High energy, positive attitude with excellent communication skills
· Quick study and curious learner
· Keen interest in food policy, nutrition advocacy
· Preferred candidates have experience mentoring youth, but it is not required

The position is a great opportunity if you are looking for a food systems job, teaching experience, and a strong role in a growing organization. While it is not currently paid, we are in the process of funding the position.

The role is 10 hours per week, starting September and running five months (through the whole school year preferred). Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Stacey Murphy at Stacey@bkfarmyards.com, by September 2.

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