Colonial School District is seeking apprentices who are enthusiastic about sustainable agriculture, community building, public health and nutrition with a strong desire to learn. Apprentices will work/learn alongside our Farm-to-School Manager and gain valuable farm experience in general field work, farm upkeep, soil preparation, greenhouse management, weed control, harvesting records, operating/maintaining farm equipment and tractors, marketing and facilitating group visits to the farm. Apprentices will also have an opportunity for additional educational experiences on other partner farms through University of Delaware and the Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture’s (CASA) Beginning Farmer Training Program in addition to annual GHP/GAP, tractor safety, pesticide applicator certifications.
**The program is separated into two parts, 6-month summer cohort (April-end of September) and a year-long apprentice option (Oct- end of September). All apprentices must commit to at least 6-month availability during the hiring process. At the end of the 6-months, one apprentice will have an opportunity to stay on for a full-year apprenticeship, pending availability. Housing is not available however, apprentices will have access to weekly CSA shares.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Experience working one full season on a farm or large-scale market garden is desired, but not required. Applicants should possess a very strong work ethic, positive attitude and problem-solving abilities. We expect apprentices to be reliable, responsible and flexible. Candidates must also show a willingness to be involved beyond farm work to occasionally help with programs and special events.
● Strong group facilitation and presentation skills
● Strong verbal and written communication skills
● Ability to demonstrate self-direction and motivation
● Ability to work independently and as part of a team
● Ability to organize and prioritize duties
● Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds and stand on feet for extended periods of time (5 hours or more)
● Ability to work in extreme heat, cold and wet conditions
● Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Apps and social media platforms
● Commitment to a full growing season (April through the end of September) is required.
● Acceptable Criminal Background Report and no entries on Child Abuse Registry.
● Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle for travel to multiple schools.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and/or fingers to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Interested candidates who meet the minimum qualifications may apply by completing an employment application via AppliTrack at http://applitrack.com/colonial/onlineapp. In addition to completing the employment application, a cover letter, resume and two letters of recommendation from employers and/or educators are required to complete the application. Applicants needing special accommodations in the application process of this vacancy announcement may contact the Human Resources Division at 302-323-2712.
Incomplete Application Packages will not be considered.