On a temporary, part-time basis and as part of a team, assists the Sustainable Living Center & Fehr Ave Garden Program Coordinator with program delivery and coordination of the Roots and Wisdom Program, designed to engage the diverse population of Schenectady County – particularly youth – in serving their community through the support of a sustainable local food system.
Assists participants to experience personal growth and development, leading to positive social change. Responsibilities also include preparing garden beds, growing and harvesting vegetables & herbs, winterizing beds, pest management, and composting, either directly or by providing oversight for the involvement of youth program participants to do the same. Program is located at the Sustainable Living Center in Central Park and at the garden on Fehr Ave.
These are temporary/seasonal positions running from June 17 to August 23 (potential to extend based on Association and program needs, not to exceed three months), with scheduled work hours which may fluctuate depending on the program needs and growing season.
Please include a cover letter, resume and three references(at least one who is a current or former supervisor or teacher).
Once your application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.
Internal Applicants: Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are internal applicants; please refer to Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) for additional guidance.
All applications must be received on-line by May 28, 2019. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
High School Diploma or equivalent and 6 months volunteer or work experience working with youth participants (teens aged 14-18) or in the field of agriculture.
Ability to assist in teaching existing informal garden/agricultural based youth programs.
Ability to read English and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
Ability to work independently, be resourceful and self-motivated as well as function highly in a team work setting.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check requirements.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Ability to perform the following functions, primarily during the growing season, with or without reasonable accommodation: frequently work in outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat, precipitation and cold; frequently lift, move or transport program & facility /gardening materials and produce; and constantly perform and demonstrate agriculture and horticulture techniques (for example preparing garden beds, planting, weeding, harvesting and washing vegetables and herbs, pest management, composting) by frequently positioning self (for example, pulling, bending, reaching, touching, kneeling, using hands to feel/reach) in greenhouses, garden beds and other program areas.
Some college experience preferred.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Delivery - 80%
Under the guidance of the supervisor, lead a group of five to ten youth participants (ages 14-18) who work together throughout a six-week summer growing program.
Work with and supervise a crew of youth participants to carry out educational based gardening activities in the Association's urban gardens in Schenectady. Demonstrate and assist in teaching agriculture and horticulture techniques to program youth participants (for example preparing garden beds, planting, weeding, harvesting and washing vegetables and herbs, pest identification/management composting) in greenhouses, garden beds and other program areas, primarily during the growing season. Assists youth participants with involvement in the weekly community farm stand, utilized to strengthen youth development skills.
Under the guidance of the supervisor, conducts regular existing workshops and discussions focusing on program topics.
Crew Leaders are responsible for assisting in the safety and well-being of youth participants in all settings.
Presents as a positive role model as part of program delivery.
Interact with program participants, parents, and volunteers representing CCE in a professional manner at all times.
Coordination/Operation - 15%
Perform agriculture and horticulture responsibilities (for example preparing garden beds, planting, weeding, harvesting and washing vegetables and herbs, pest identification/management, composting) in greenhouses, garden beds and other program areas.
Frequently lift, move or transport program & facility /gardening materials and produce.
Perform maintenance of gardening materials and tools.
Immediately reports unique and/or emergency situations to supervisors.
Professional Improvement - 5%
Participate in required orientation and training programs.
Attend weekly leadership meetings.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied to all duties and functions.
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Schenectady County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
This are part-time, temporary nonexempt positions. Compensation paid at the rate of $13 per hour. This position is eligible for limited, statutory benefits only.
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at 607-255-6120, or via email at: email@example.com.
For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (518) 765-3503.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
Internal Number: WDR-00018793
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