Archive for February, 2016

February 16, 2016

“Farm to Fork” Community Educator

Organization Description: Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) provides access to land, education and other resources so people in Greater Providence can grow food in environmentally sustainable ways and create community food systems where locally produced, affordable, and healthy food is available to all. Each year, over 2,500 people benefit from SCLT’s programs which include community gardens, youth employment and education, garden leadership training, food growing and nutrition workshops, and new farmer development.

Position Summary: The Community Educator is a part-time summer position to lead SCLT’s “Farm to Fork: Growing Healthy Food in the City” program within the Providence After-School Alliance (PASA) Summer Scholars Camp. The Camp is a four-week hands-on learning experience for middle school youth, with a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) focus. The Educator will be paired with two other experienced PASA teachers to plan and execute SCLT’s program, under the support and supervision of SCLT staff. The position begins with required training on March 18, 2016.

The Farm to Fork program teaches students about the food system through hand-on activities and inquiry, in-classroom and field experiments, and leadership opportunities. We aim for students who complete the program to understand the following: 1) plant classification systems and soil biology, 2) nutrition and health, 3) how the complex ecosystem of plants, weather, birds and insects produces the food that we eat, 4) healthy food preparation, and 5) actions we can take to support threatened wildlife and endangered species. On some days, the program will take place at SCLT’s City Farm. On 3-4 other days, the students will take field trips to pre-identified sites.

Job Duties:

  • Attend all PASA orientation and staff training meetings
  • With guidance from SCLT Farm, Food and Youth Programs Director, work with the other PASA teachers to develop the Farm to Fork curriculum
  • Teach the 2- day program each week for four weeks
  • Provide support, including materials, to the PASA teachers for the program’s in- class component on off-days

Job Requirements: This position requires the physical ability to move/lift heavy objects, to kneel/sit/bend on the ground, and work outdoors in hot or cold weather.

Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience, particularly with middle school students
  • Previous experience creating and delivering hands-on activities and lessons
  • Gardening/ agriculture experience
  • Comfort with STEM subjects
  • Creativity, patience, a good work ethic, and a sense of humor

Once selected, the educator must pass a National and State Criminal Background Check.

Schedule and Compensation:

The educator’s responsibilities include the following time commitments:

  • 5 hours of PASA orientation and staff training [see schedule below]
  • 20 hours of team pre-planning, including 8 hours during 4 school based meetings April-June; and 2 pre-planning meetings at SCLT with the STEM team
  • Teaching the 2-day program each week for 4 weeks (M/W 8:30a-1:30p, July 5-July 29). The educator is required to ride the bus with their cohort between the school and the offsite location.
  • Two citywide planning/debrief sessions, scheduled for Friday, July 8th from 9:30-11:30 and Friday, July 29th, from 1:30-3:30.

Compensation: $16-$22 hour depending on experience and ability to meet qualifications.

To Apply: Preferred application deadline is March 1. Review of applications begins immediately. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to Margaret DeVos, SCLT Executive Director, at jobs@southsideclt.org. Include the position title, “Farm to Fork Community Educator” in the subject heading. At least 3 references will be required of all finalist candidates.

SCLT is an equal opportunity employer.

PASA Orientation and Staff Training Schedule

Workshop Title Date(s), Time(s) Location
Citywide Orientation Friday, March 18, 4:00pm-6:00pm 101 Sessions Street

Providence, RI

AfterZone Summer Scholars: Introduction to Positive Youth Development Thursday, March 24, 3:45-5:15pm 335 Prairie Ave, Suite 1B

Providence, RI

AfterZone Summer Scholars: Blending Inquiry and Social Emotional Learning Tuesday, April 5, 3:45-5:45pm

OR

Wednesday, April 6, 3:45-5:45pm

335 Prairie Ave, Suite 1B

Providence, RI 02905

AfterZone Summer Scholars: Integrating Math and ELL Strategies Thursday, April 7, 3:45-5:15pm

OR

Friday, April 8, 3:45-5:15pm

335 Prairie Ave

Suite 1B

Providence, RI 02905

AfterZone Summer Scholars:

Collaborative Teaching & Field Connections

Tuesday, April 12, 3:45-5:15pm

OR

Wednesday, April 13, 3:45-5:15pm

 

335 Prairie Ave, Suite 1B

Providence, RI 02905

AfterZone Summer Scholars:

Building Community and Utilizing Behavior Specialists

Friday, May 20, 3:45-5:15pm 335 Prairie Ave, Suite 1B

Providence, RI 02905

AfterZone Summer Scholars: Camp Culture Thursday, May 26, 4:00pm-5:30pm

OR

Friday, May, 27, 3:30pm-5:00pm

Nathan Bishop MS

101 Sessions Street

Providence, RI 02906

CPR/First Aid Thursday, June 23, 9:30am-12:30pm 335 Prairie Ave, Suite 1B

Providence, RI 02905

 

February 15, 2016

Providence Youth, Farm, and Garden Associate AmeriCorps VISTA position

Organization Description: Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) provides access to land, education and other resources so people in Greater Providence can grow food in environmentally sustainable ways and create community food systems where locally produced, affordable, and healthy food is available to all. Each year, over 2,500 people benefit from SCLT’s programs which include community gardens, youth employment and education, garden leadership training, food growing and nutrition workshops, and new farmer development.

Position Summary: The Providence Youth, Farm, and Garden Associate is a year-long AmeriCorps VISTA position that begins in June 2016. It has been designed to provide the VISTA member with a well-rounded learning and work experience. The position provides opportunities to support multiple program, outreach, and fund development goals of the organization.

Job Duties: The position supports 5 areas of work: youth education, community garden and urban farm management, farmers market training, nutrition training, and farmers market outreach.

 Youth Education;

  • Work closely with SCLT’s Farm, Food, and Youth Programs Director to develop and run SCLT’s new Youth Enterprise Farm, including provision of educational programming.

Community Garden and Urban Farm Management;

  • Work closely with SCLT’s Community Growers Director to manage Providence community gardens and the Providence Community Growers Network, including gardener recruitment, distribution of low cost or free gardening resources, and garden workdays.
  • Promote and lead gardening workshops for adults and youth.

Farmers Market Training;

  • Help to deliver farmers market training and technical assistance to beginning farmers at our beginner farmer booth at the Sankofa World Market.

Better Health and Gardens;

  • Work with SCLT’s Farm, Food, and Youth Programs Director to deliver nutrition education classes in Pawtucket and Providence.

Farmers Market Promotion;

  • Work with local farmers, farmers market managers, and SCLT youth interns to develop and execute a multi-faceted, grassroots outreach campaign promoting three Providence farmers markets.
  • Promote SNAP/WIC incentive programs at Providence farmers markets.

Other programs and events;

  • Participate in relevant program outreach.
  • Support all SCLT public events as needed.
  • Track and report program outcome data.
  • Support fundraising/grant writing efforts as needed.
  • Contribute to SCLT’s E-News.

Job Duties are subject to slight changes as we work with our VISTA host organization, Hunger Free America.

Job Requirements: This position requires weekend and evening availability.   This position requires the physical ability to move/lift heavy objects, to kneel/sit/bend on the ground, and work outdoors in hot or cold weather.

 Qualifications:

  • College degree
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Ability to multi-task, and function independently or as part of a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, email, and social media
  • Experience working in multi-cultural setting
  • Valid drivers license
  • Conversational Spanish preferred

Schedule and Compensation: 40 hours per week. Some evening and weekend work is required.

AmeriCorps VISTA positions are compensated at $983/month and with a choice of $5,730 Educational Award which can be used to pursue further education or a $1,500 end-of-service cash stipend.

Other program benefits include: Monthly public transportation (RIPTA Bus Pass), health benefits (members must apply for additional coverage and reimbursement of up to $6,000), opportunity to forbear student loans while in service, relocation and childcare assistance, optional life insurance, one year non-competitive status for federal government positions, a network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums.

To Apply: We encourage applications to be submitted as soon as possible. Final deadline is April 4, 2016. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to Margaret DeVos, SCLT Executive Director, at jobs@southsideclt.org. At least 3 references will be required of all finalist candidates. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged. Spanish speaking candidates are strongly encouraged.

SCLT is an equal opportunity employer. This position is funded by the Walmart Foundation and The Corporation for National and Community Service.

 

February 15, 2016

Pawtucket Youth, Farm, and Garden Associate AmeriCorps VISTA position

Organization Description: Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) provides access to land, education and other resources so people in Greater Providence can grow food in environmentally sustainable ways and create community food systems where locally produced, affordable, and healthy food is available to all. Each year, over 2,500 people benefit from SCLT’s programs which include community gardens, youth employment and education, garden leadership training, food growing and nutrition workshops, and new farmer development.

Position Summary: The Pawtucket Youth, Farm, and Garden Associate is a year-long AmeriCorps VISTA position that begins in June 2016. It has been designed to provide the VISTA member with a well-rounded learning and work experience. The position provides opportunities to support multiple program, outreach, and fund development goals of the organization.

Job Duties: The position supports 4 areas of work: youth education, community garden and urban farm management, farmers market training, and nutrition training

 Youth Education;

  • Work closely with SCLT’s Farm, Food, and Youth Programs Director to deliver youth garden programming in Pawtucket and Providence.
  • Work with SCLT’s Community Growers Director to put on a Harvest Festival with youth programming in Pawtucket.

Community Garden and Urban Farm Management;

Work closely with SCLT’s Community Growers Director to:

  • Enact a plan to upgrade an existing community garden and farm space in Pawtucket.
  • Help to manage Pawtucket community gardens, including gardener recruitment, distribution of low cost or free gardening resources, and garden workdays.
  • Promote and lead gardening workshops for adults and youth.

Farmers Market Training;

  • Help to deliver farmers market training to beginning farmers at our beginner farmer booth at the Sankofa World Market.

Better Health and Gardens;

  • Work with SCLT’s Farm, Food, and Youth Programs Director to deliver nutrition education classes in Pawtucket and Providence.

Other programs and events;

  • Participate in relevant program outreach.
  • Support all SCLT public events as needed.
  • Track and report program outcome data.
  • Support fundraising/grant writing efforts as needed.
  • Contribute to SCLT’s E-News.

Job Duties are subject to slight changes as we work with our VISTA host organization, Hunger Free America.

Job Requirements: This position requires weekend and evening availability.   This position requires the physical ability to move/lift heavy objects, to kneel/sit/bend on the ground, and work outdoors in hot or cold weather.

Qualifications:

  • College degree
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Ability to multi-task, and function independently or as part of a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, email, and social media
  • Experience working in multi-cultural setting
  • Valid drivers license
  • Conversational Spanish preferred

Schedule and Compensation: 40 hours per week. Some evening and weekend work is required.

AmeriCorps VISTA positions are compensated at $983/month and with a choice of $5,730 Educational Award which can be used to pursue further education or a $1,500 end-of-service cash stipend.

Other program benefits include: Monthly public transportation (RIPTA Bus Pass), health benefits (members must apply for additional coverage and reimbursement of up to $6,000), opportunity to forbear student loans while in service, relocation and childcare assistance, optional life insurance, one year non-competitive status for federal government positions, a network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums.

To Apply: We encourage applications to be submitted as soon as possible. Final deadline is April 4, 2016. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to Margaret DeVos, SCLT Executive Director, at jobs@southsideclt.org. At least 3 references will be required of all finalist candidates. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged. Spanish speaking candidates are strongly encouraged.

SCLT is an equal opportunity employer. This position is funded by the Walmart Foundation and The Corporation for National and Community Service.

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