“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

 

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