Growing Skills Crew Leader (summer)
UVM Extension’s Youth Agriculture Project seeks a Crew Leader for Growing Skills, a VT Department of Labor-funded job-training program for at-risk youth ages 15-21, based in Brattleboro. The youth crew will work in pairs out on local farms, joining weekly for a day of professional development and cooking together.
With the program coordinator, the crew leader is a coach, teacher, boss, and mentor for 8 youth. This is a demanding position and opportunity to help disadvantaged youth develop skills that range from food literacy to communication, teambuilding, and leadership.
• Accompany and support youth crew members in greenhouse, garden, kitchen, marketing, and field work;
• Coordinate with youth crew members, farmers, program coordinator, and case managers;
• Plan and lead workshops (such as pest identification, canning and freezing food, art in the garden, interview skillz, etc.) with other staff and with community partners;
• Model strong, positive life and job skills.
Local to southeast Vermont strongly preferred. Relevant experience with high-needs audiences and/or teaching is a priority, with hands-on agricultural experience and knowledge a plus. Must be self-motivated, responsible, adaptable, enthusiastic, and organized; work well in a team; and have excellent communication skills.
Terms: Hourly wage is $15 for 20 hours weekly for 8 weeks starting July 7th. Opportunities include teaching experience, practicum/internship credit if applicable, connecting with local and state food system efforts, plenty of fresh organically grown food from the field.
To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and contact info for 2 references, asap. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Youth Agriculture Project
11 University Way, Suite 4
Brattleboro VT 05302
University of Vermont Extension and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without
regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.