Lutheran Settlement House is seeking to fill the following positions:
Urban Farm Manager and Educator
Teens 4 Good is a program developed and managed by the Federation of Neighborhood Centers (FNC). The Urban Farm Manager & Educator (UFME) is responsible for the management of designated Teens 4 Good urban farms in partnership with LSH and T4G youth. The UFME will play a critical role in helping to build a sustainable, youth-led urban farming business. The job includes crop planning, day-to-day management of urban farms, distributing and selling produce, instructing youth in urban agriculture and urban farm management, creating and managing operating budgets of the farm(s), and developing business plans to ensure the sustainability of the farm(s), and organizing and managing volunteer work days at all T4G farm sites. The job also includes working with seniors at LSH in the T4G garden, learning about nutrition education and healthy cooking while developing an intergenerational program/curriculum with T4G youth & LSH seniors.
The UFME is responsible for completing the following tasks in partnership with T4G and USLA youth:
- Providing positive youth development program for teens including academic support and work readiness skills
- Day-to-day management of urban farm(s) including bed preparation, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and other farming tasks
- Crop planning for new seasons with all T4G farmers
- Preparing farm(s) for winter season
- Working with all T4G famers during seasonal green house management (seedling production)
- Coordinating sales, distribution and donation of produce to clients
- Developing and implementing a business plan to build a sustainable urban farm
- Creating and managing operating budgets for farm(s)
- Tracking and monitoring sales and donations of all produce
- Preparing periodic written reports, both statistical and narrative to T4G Director
- Instructing T4G youth in urban agriculture and urban farming business
- Supervising T4G youth in managing an urban farm business
- Managing farm operations during the T4G summer internship
- Leading and teaching volunteer groups
- Maintaining orderly site(s) for all visitors
- Participating in Federation staff meetings and T4G management meetings.
- Performing other tasks as needed
Education, Experience and Skills:
- Bachelor’s degree highly recommend with degree in agriculture, horticulture and/or field directly related to sustainable agriculture
- Minimum three years experience of farming, preferred experience in urban and organic farming- Passion for sustainable agriculture
- Experience in building and managing an urban farm business
- Experience in maintenance of a hoop/green house
- Experience organizing groups safely and productively
- Strong writing and oral communication skills
- Ability to plan, delegate and organize work tasks
- Business and Marketing skills
- Financial management skills – developing and managing operating budgets; monitoring all sales transaction
- At least 2 years of youth development experience (i.e. engage, motivate, inspire, teach, discipline youth)
- Intergenerational experience is preferred. An interest in working with both teens AND older persons is required
- Willing to work a flexible schedule
- Ability to work well under pressure.
- Working knowledge of computers: Micro Soft Word; Excel. ETO is a plus.
To Apply: Send a resume, cover letter and salary requirements via email to Jamie McKnight at email@example.com.
This internship is a great opportunity for an undergraduate looking to start a career in community change management, community organization, sustainability, or urban planning. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Community/Senior Hunger Intern will be responsible for creating a strategic plan for seniors and community members to develop healthier choices with fresh fruits and vegetables and provide healthier food options in food pantry, served meal program, and work to expand LSH’s Intergenerational Gardening Project, senior center food cupboard, and urban agriculture initiative.
Nature and Scope:
- Work closely with development manager to identify partners in the fight against hunger.
- Track outcomes of hunger-related projects.
- Research healthy food options for seniors in the Philadelphia area including purchased and donated food, the food pantry and the daily served meal program.
- Identify grants and other fundraising opportunities for fresh fruit and vegetable programs.
- Assist staff and seniors in coordinating the Intergenerational Gardening Project.
- Develop healthy vending priorities and research healthy vending options.
Work closely with Lutheran Settlement House staff and LSH’s Community Hunger Advisory Committee (comprised of members of The Food Trust, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition against Hunger, and the Federation of Neighborhood Centers) to develop a strategic plan around food, implement healthy food projects and develop a marketing program to increase visibility of food programs in the community.
- Interest in fighting hunger, urban agriculture, community gardening are required.
- Famailiarity with Microsoft office applications, including Excel and Word.
- Familiarity with online research methods.
- Interest in food justice and nutrition.
- Excellent communication skills, especially over a phone and through email.
- Position is open until filled.
- Knowledge of urban agriculture and food justice preferred.
LSH offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package.
LSH is committed to equal hiring, employmee advancement, and delivery of service regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, sex, physical disability, sexual orientation or marital status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
For immediate consideration, please send resume and cover letter detailing your interest and relevant experience to:
Human Resources Department,
Lutheran Settlement House, 1340 Frankford Ave.,
Philadelphia, PA 19125, Or: Fax: 215-426-2157,
Email: hrdeptATlutheransettlement.org (substitute AT with the sign @ )