Work period: Week of April 11 to October 27, 2022
Garden Educators in Training will work at the Troy Kids Garden and Goodman Youth Farm. Both programs serve youth ages 3 through 18 with outdoor, garden-based learning. At each site, trainees lead small groups of youth in gardening, cooking, animal care, outdoor art, and other hands-on activities. Garden Educator Trainees can expect to gain experience developing and implementing garden-based curricula and activities, while developing a working knowledge of vegetable gardening and small-scale farm management.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
- Assisting in field work to maintain urban agricultural sites, including planting, weeding, mulching, trellising, bed-prep, composting, cover cropping, harvesting, and post-harvest handling.
- Arriving on time and being ready to work for every shift.
- Working in inclement weather or adjusting their work hours to accommodate the weather.
- Participating in weekly professional development experiences during the summer session as well as other training opportunities throughout the season.
- Completing at least one self-directed project throughout the course of the season.
- Leading groups of youth in garden-based activities, both independently and as part of a teaching team.
- Involvement in all preparatory work for our educational programs, including activity set-up and clean-up, developing educational materials, and program debriefs.
- Occasionally directing groups of adult volunteers.
- Participating in preparing garden areas for student activities, including additional weeding, mulching, and bed preparation, among other duties.
- Participating in field walks and CSA farm maintenance tasks; attend beginning farmer trainings at Troy Farm (one day per week).
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Ability to interact in a professional, courteous, and confidential manner with others in a variety of circumstances.
- Experience working with diverse groups of people in community settings with cultural competence.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, including the ability to listen and solve problems.
- Flexibility and willingness to grow in response to needs or changes in the field.
- Ability to work on projects independently or as part of a group.
- Experience working with productive, proactive teams, or the desire to do so.
- Demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments, responsibilities, and tasks.
- Proficient use or willingness to learn office software, email, and other technology.
- Ability to lift fifty pounds.
- Ability to commit to and promote Rooted’s mission, goals, and priorities.
- Prior experience working with children is desirable but not required.
- Must have access to reliable transportation.
- Willingness and ability to work some weekend and evening hours.
- Ability to pass a standard background check.
- Trainees must follow COVID-19 safety practices
Position Classification & Time Commitment
- This position is FLSA non-exempt.
- Part time (minimum 20 hours per week) and full time (maximum 40 hours per week) positions available from April 11 – October 27.
- The pay rate is $10/hr. Trainees must record their hours daily.
Trainees may be eligible for academic credit. Please negotiate the terms of any academic credit directly with a faculty sponsor, and discuss with your Rooted program manager prior to starting the training program.
How to Apply
Applicants may apply online or with a paper application. For priority consideration, apply by March 7, 2022.
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Madison, WI 53704