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Summer Youth Program Instructors at Urban Growers Collective - 4065

Job Title: 
Summer Youth Program Instructors
Urban Growers Collective
1200 W. 35th Street, #118
Chicago, IL 60609
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Part-Time
Job Description: 

About Urban Growers Collective’s Youth Corps:

Urban Growers Collective Youth Corps engages and employs over 300 youth annually throughout our urban farm sites. Our farms serve as a safe space for teens to explore their interests, work collectively, share their talents and learn from one another. During their time spent on the farms, youth expand their understanding of many aspects of urban farming and community food system development.

Through hands on instruction, teens learn the technical skills essential for farming in an urban environment. Teens grow organic vegetables, herbs and flowers and participate in all phases of farm production. Teens learn to produce compost, prep growing beds, and how to identify, plant, harvest and market the vegetables growing at the farm. They also assist with general farm tasks, pest management, site beautification and infrastructure development. At many of our locations, youth also manage an onsite farm stand, increasing access to fresh, healthy, affordable produce for their community, and providing a window into the economic and entrepreneurial opportunities that exist within food system development.

In addition to hands on instruction at the farm, youth explore the science behind farming, through several inquiry-based experiments and take part in nutrition, hunger, cooking, art, food justice and food politics activities. This program aims to serve as both a job training experience and to encourage leadership development. It is our goal that teens graduate with a comprehensive understanding of sustainable food system development and the ability to connect and communicate how the skills they’ve gained at the farm translate to any career path they may follow.

Position Description:

The Youth Program Instructor will specifically focus on providing instruction during the Urban Growers Collective Youth Corps Summer Program, a six-week program focused on farming, community food system development and leadership opportunities. The Youth Program Instructor will co-facilitate large group activities for 30 teens and provide lead instruction and supervision for breakout sessions of up to 15 teens. The standard program model runs 4 hours a day, 4 days a week, with additional prep time allotted.

Duration: 8 weeks, June 2017 – August 2017 (exact dates TBD) Compensation: Hourly, commensurate with experience (average $18-25/hour)

Open Positions:

Roosevelt Square Farm Instructor: Looking for individual with experience working with young people and the ability to teach a multidisciplinary youth program at a farm. Will lead teens in daily farm work and facilitate workshops on science, nutrition, hunger, cooking, work readiness, food justice and food politics activities. Ability to travel and work on the farm, as needed. Priority will be given to candidates with farm management skills and interest/availability to teach this program year-round. This farm is located at 1250 S Loomis Street, Chicago IL.

South Chicago Farm Instructor: Looking for individual with experience working with young people and the ability to teach a multidisciplinary youth program at a farm. Will lead teens in daily farm work and facilitate workshops on science, nutrition, hunger, cooking, work readiness, food justice and food politics activities. Ability to travel and work on the farm, as needed. Priority will be given to candidates with experience leading small groups in bike literacy, repair and safety or public art works such as: murals, community weaving, interactive theater, painting projects. This is a year round program and there may be opportunities to continue instruction during the school year. This farm is located at 9000 S Mackinaw Avenue, Chicago IL.

Altgeld Garden Farm Instructor: Looking for individual with experience working with young people and the ability to teach a multidisciplinary youth program at a farm. Will lead teens in daily farm work and facilitate workshops on science, nutrition, hunger, cooking, work readiness, food justice and food politics activities. Ability to travel and work on the farm, as needed. Priority will be given to candidates with farm management skills, experience leading small groups in bike literacy, repair and safety or public art works such as: murals, community weaving, interactive theater, painting projects. This is a year round program and there may be opportunities to continue instruction during the school year. This farm is located at 1160 E 132nd Street, Chicago IL.

Grant Park Farm Instructor: Looking for individual with experience working with young people and the ability to teach a multidisciplinary youth program at a farm. Will lead teens in daily farm work and facilitate workshops on science, nutrition, hunger, cooking, work readiness, food justice and food politics activities. Ability to travel and work on the farm, as needed. This is a seasonal position only. This farm is located at 450 S Columbus Drive, Chicago IL.

Bridgeport Farm Instructor: Looking for individual with experience working with young people and the ability to teach a multidisciplinary youth program at a medicinal flower and herb farm. Will lead teens in daily farm work and facilitate workshops on science, nutrition, hunger, cooking, work readiness, food justice and food politics activities. Ability to travel and work on the farm, as needed. Priority will be given to candidates with experience creating added-value products from farm products such as: salsa, pickles, hot sauce, dried herbs, tinctures, oils, herbal teas, beauty products, etc. This is a year round program and there may be opportunities to continue instruction during the school year. This farm is located at 1200 W 35th Street, Chicago IL.

Learn more about the farm sites at: https://urbangrowerscollective.org/projects/

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

-Recruitment, supervision and orientation of Youth Corps Participants.
-Independently deliver UGC Curriculum to up to 17 students in a farm setting.
-Co-facilitate large group activities for up to 35 teens.
-Maintain organized student paperwork and daily attendance (paper and online).
-Communicate with parents when teens are absent or late to program.
-Coordination and planning of summer lesson plans and curriculum in partnership with Associate Director of Trainings.
-Report incidents or challenges to supervisors and complete necessary paperwork,
-Assist with farm work management, community outreach and production goals as needed.

Education & Experience: 

Desired Qualifications:

-Youth leadership development experience and skills.
-Experience teaching in an interactive, project-based environment.
-Interest and knowledge of food systems and organic sustainable farming.
-Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with teens, parents, community partners and residents.
-Excellent organization, communication and follow-through skills.
-Maintains appropriate professional boundaries in working with teens.
-Ability to think critically and creatively.
-Ability to work as part of a team in a collaborative environment.
-Passion for food justice, dismantling racism, youth development and urban farming!

Application Instructions: 

Please send resume, cover letter and 3 references to: lauralyn@urbangrowerscollective.org by March 15, 2018.
Applicants will be interviewed and hired on a rolling basis as applications are accepted.

Job Categories: 
Education
Farming/Agriculture