DC: The Farm Youth Initiative seeks Nutrition/Garden Education Seasonal Staff

7 Mar

Classification                     Non-Exempt
Department                        Harvest for Health
Reports to                          Harvest for Health Program Manager

Job Summary
The Farm Youth Initiative (FYI) teaches urban youth about the importance of making healthy food choices through a nutrition class and a field trip to Clagett Farm. Classes focus on basic nutrition themes centered around a hands-on opportunity to participate in vegetable growing, cultivating, harvesting and healthy snack preparation.

Basic Function
Co-lead and facilitate nutrition lessons at community organizations throughout
the Washington, DC metro area and at the children’s garden at Clagett Farm in
Upper Marlboro, MD

Major Responsibilities/Activities
·         Co-teach nutrition/garden classes at Kids Cafe summer program sites
and at Clagett Farm including healthy snack preparation at each class
·         Assist with all activities during the Clagett Farm field trip which
may include garden maintenance, hands-on garden instruction and organizing youth
·         Shop for and process ingredients for healthy snacks
·         Conduct pre- and post- evaluations of project and track results
·         Development of educational aids and teaching materials, as needed
·         Maintain a log of accomplishments throughout internship
·         Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
·         Education background and/or experience working with at-risk youth
·         Academic background and/or practical application experience in

·         Experience/understanding of gardening or farming programs in a diverse
working environment

·         Physical capacity to work outside in a variety of weather conditions
·         Ability to work independently and as part of a team and ability to
multitask and prioritize
·         Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
·         Must possess a current valid driver’s license

·         Summer 2011 – 12 weeks full-time (40 hours/week)
·         $12.00/hr

Work Environment
·         Interest in and ability to work outside in a variety of weather
conditions, especially hot temperatures
·         Willingness to drive CAFB cars to sites in metro area Washington, DC
and Clagett Farm

Impact of Volunteer Opportunity
·         Hands-on learning about sustainable agriculture, local food systems,
and nutrition

·         Better understanding of non-profit work serving the needs of low
income people

·         Understanding of Kids Cafe program structure and purpose
·         Teaching and curriculum development experience
·         Understanding of efforts to increase access to fresh produce in
underserved areas

How to Apply:
Send cover letter and resume via e-mail, fax or U.S. Mail by March 31, 2011to:

Capital Area Food Bank
Attn: Human Resources
645   Taylor St. NE
Washington, DC  20017-2063

202-587-1330 (fax); E-mail: johnsonl@capitalareafoodbank.org


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