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Farm to School Education Coordinator

The Farm to School Education Coordinator will play a key role in facilitating Greater Newark Conservancy’s Farm to School education programs which serve elementary and secondary schools throughout Newark. The Coordinator will interface with our Newark public school partners, FoodCorps NJ/NYC team, and FoodCorps service members serving at the Conservancy.  The Coordinator will provide technical assistance and support to schools throughout Newark seeking to create and sustain garden programs.

This position will support the Conservancy’s mission by building a robust garden-based education and farm to school movement in Newark.

Some responsibilities of this position include:

SCHOOL INTERFACE: (30%)

▪        Meet with school representatives to develop a school year plan using the FoodCorps Menu and Action Plan

▪        Conduct regular visits to schools for classroom observation, garden technical support,

▪        Assist FoodCorps service members in planning year-long calendar of taste tests

 

SERVICE MEMBER SUPERVISION: (30%)

▪        Direct and train FoodCorps service members

▪        Facilitate weekly group and individual check-in meetings

 

FOODCORPS INTERFACE: (10%)

▪        Review and approve weekly service member timesheets

▪        Participate in required FoodCorps training and meetings

 

SCHOOL GARDEN SUPPORT: (30%)

▪        Supervise teen interns to provide summer school garden maintenance

▪        Conduct site visits and provide technical assistance and consulting support to schools

▪        Help build Newark Network of School Gardens; produce regular social media posts; write monthly newsletter; assist in creating and hosting workshops

 

For more information, qualifications, and salary, please click here.

Newark Youth Leadership Project College Mentor

Greater Newark Conservancy is seeking students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university to serve as College Mentors in the Conservancy’s Newark Youth Leadership Project. College Mentors work directly with Conservancy staff to manage and supervise high school students in one of four departments during a 6-week summer program: education, farm stand, horticulture, and urban farming. Prior to the start of the program, College Mentors are trained for six weeks in the skills of managing youth, supporting environmental education, handling food safely and appropriately, and organically growing and managing vegetable crops. College Mentors are employed for up to 16 weeks from June-August 2022.

We are looking for students from a variety of majors; however, there must be a demonstrated interest in connecting your studies with supporting a strong, healthy social and physical environment. Appropriate majors include: environmental science, biology, horticulture, nursing, public health, sociology, anthropology, and many more.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Mentor high school students in development of technical (agricultural, horticultural, etc.) and other life skills (time management, college readiness, financial literacy, etc.)
  • Support department supervisors in management of high school interns
  • Maintain a positive work environment while working alongside high school interns in, at times, challenging outdoor conditions
  • Practice good, sound judgment in decision-making with students and present a professional demeanor when representing NYLP
  • Assist NYLP Program Coordinator in preparation of special NYLP activities
  • Assist in maintenance of daily bookkeeping (attendance, time sheets, weekly schedules, etc.)
  • Be on time when traveling to sites through the city of Newark, sometimes with high school students

For complete job description and how to apply click here.

 


Service Opportunities

FoodCorps

As a FoodCorps service member, you will lead hands-on lessons, influence healthy school meals, and build a schoolwide culture of health. Each year, FoodCorps, an AmeriCorps program, searches for its next round of leaders, including one working with Greater Newark Conservancy! The ideal candidate should believe that every child—no matter their race, place, or class—has a right to healthy food at school.

Visit the FoodCorps website for more information and to apply. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Contact Sarah O'Leary, Director of Family and Youth Education, for questions and to schedule a pre-interview: soleary@citybloom.org.

 


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