The Urban Nutrition Initiative seeks a Garden Educator/Manager

22 Feb

Location: West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

U.N.I. is a West Philadelphia based nonprofit that engages K-16+ learners in an active, real-world problem-solving curriculum that strives to improve community nutrition and wellness.

The position involves leading two teams of 7-10  high school aged students in the provision of an award-winning intensive garden education program. This position is part of an overall ecological approach towards nutrition education that provides teens with hands-on experiences growing, cooking and selling healthy foods. The goal of the program is to foster youth leadership; improve dietary knowledge, habits and status of Philadelphia youth; increase knowledge of food systems; increase access to healthy foods; empower teens to become peer educators; improve/maintain high levels of academic performance; and provide teens with job training in urban agriculture. This outreach program is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and primarily focuses on the West Philadelphia community.

The position requires interaction with and supervision of high school and college students.  This position collaborates closely with other youth program
coordinators, community partners, school teachers, and parents.  The Garden Education Coordinator will prepare participating youth to conduct peer garden education through training interns in concepts of chemical free gardening, planting and caring for plants, maintaining gardens as community spaces, and running weekly farmers’ market at several locations in the city of Philadelphia. Additionally, the coordinator will assist with developing outreach partnerships, outreach planning, and event planning.

The position will require 40 hours per week.  Some flexibility in hours may be necessary.  Applicants must have 3 years of farming experience, and be
competent in all aspects of farm management.  Experience working with and empowering teenagers is required.  Knowledge of nutrition and bicycle mechanics considered a plus.  Salary is commensurate with experience. Full benefits package offered.

This position will begin March 15th.

E-mail resumes to Mark Risso at:

uni.peer.educator@gmail.com

Please send resumes to:

Mark Risso
Urban Nutrition Initiative
3451 Walnut Street, Suite P-117A
Philadelphia, PA 19104

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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