The crew leader serves as coach, teacher, boss, and mentor to a crew of up to 12 youth as they grow food crops together, prepare snacks and meals, mentor younger children, sell their crops at the farmers' market, donate to local food shelves, and visit other farms. This is a demanding position and a great opportunity to learn agriculture skills and work with youth to develop critical skills including food literacy as well as communication, teambuilding, and leadership.
• Train, supervise, and lead a diverse crew of older youth who are working and learning on our Brattleboro farm, at the local farmers’ market, and in the community;
• Use and model strong, positive life and career skills;
• Plan and lead workshops on agriculture, food systems, career exploration, teamwork, and life skills, with other staff and with community partners;
• Guide and support youth and children doing greenhouse, garden, kitchen, and field work;
• Complete administrative duties related to program record-keeping and evaluation.
Qualifications: Relevant hands-on experience would include working with youth and/or diverse audiences, cooking, agriculture, teaching or facilitation, and/or food systems. Local candidates preferred. Must be self-motivated, responsible, adaptable, and able to organize time; work well as part of a team; and communicate well both verbally and in writing.
Schedule and Compensation: Start date and hours for training in May/June are flexible, increasing to 35 hours/week in July and August. You will receive weekly compensation (dependent on funding and experience), practicum or internship credit if applicable, and organically grown fruit and vegetables from the field.
To apply, please email or send a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest, a resume, and contact information for two (2) references. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Youth Agriculture Project
UVM Extension 4-H
11 University Way, Suite 4
Brattleboro VT 05302