Urban Nutrition Initiative


over 5 years ago

1 Admin

Christopher Kocher

Contact Info
3451 Walnut Street
Suite P-117
Philadelphia, PA 19104
P: 215-898-1600
W: http://www.urbannutrit...

Job ID #32


Garden Crew Leader and Shopper


Garden Crew Leader and Shopper This position is a hybrid position with two distinct yet complementary parts. The Garden Crew Leader is a part of the Urban Nutrition Initiative's Youth Development Program. UNI's Youth Development Program provides paid internships in nutrition education and urban agriculture to one hundred and fifty West Philadelphia teenagers annually. The Garden Crew Leader will supervise a crew of twelve teenagers, manage a quarter acre garden, build and sustain community partnerships, and operate a small Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at William L. Sayre High School (5800 Walnut St.). UNI empowers teen interns to explore and identify solutions to health disparities, promote healthy lifestyles and build a just and sustainable food system. By teaching healthy cooking classes, tending school gardens, and operating local farmer's markets, AUNI interns increase access to local, organic, affordable, nutritious, and culturally-relevant food; create tools to build food sovereignty; provide a space to deepen our relationship to the land, our food and each other; and improve community health while developing academic and job skills. Additionally, interns involved in this program play a lead role in advancing youth-led solutions to improving community food systems through participation in multiple regional and national networks and conferences. For more information on our Youth Development program, check out our webpage. The Shopper supports all of UNI's staff by ordering, procuring and organizing ingredients for UNI's weekly nutrition lessons, cooking clubs, after-school programming, adult and senior cooking classes and monthly food tastings. UNI runs programming in over twenty public schools in Philadelphia, focusing mostly in West Philadelphia. Details of Position Garden Crew Leader is responsible for: Crop planning, harvesting and distribution. Creating engaging lessons to teach the crew topics in social justice, food sovereignty and garden basics such as weeding, composting, transplanting, and harvesting. Overseeing Sayre Garden's outside partnership with produce buyers. Managing the garden's small CSA-style food distribution program with the Sayre Health Center. Maintaining harvest market data and tracking systems weekly to record profit share, pounds of individual product brought to and sold at CSA. Training and supervising undergraduate interns. Building and sustaining community and school partnerships. Providing a high quality youth development experience for 12 teen interns by reinforcing expectation policies, being a positive adult role model, and forming relationships with the students and their families and teachers. Improving students' skills in critical thinking, leadership and social responsibility. Participating in regular feedback and evaluation of youth interns. Helping youth interns to find their personal connection to UNI's mission, fostering youth buy-in, and making food justice relevant for them. All aspects of youth internships, including recruitment, retention, benchmark tracking, and payroll. Shopper is responsible for: Compiling staff shopping lists on Microsoft Excel and managing overall shopping list processes. Submitting receipts in a timely matter. Making purchases for the organization. Reducing food waste. Purchasing food that follows UNI's Healthy Habits and Think A.H.E.A.D. model, i.e., foods that are affordable, healthy, easy, accessible and delicious, and supports just labor and sustainable growing practices. Organizing and cleaning the food storage space and refrigerators. Communicating with UNI staff and business partners via phone and email. Placing bulk and advanced orders with businesses. Driving a personal vehicle to pick-up and deliver weekly food orders. Completing Driver's safety course. Keeping a mileage log and submitting monthly mileage reimbursement form. Organizing and labeling food and other purchased goods. In addition, this position is responsible for attending weekly meetings with supervisor and bi-weekly meetings with UNI staff. Desired Qualities: Committed to justice and equality Committed to openness, transparency, and fairness Polite, humble, and willing to learn Respectful of all people, cultures, and backgrounds Willing to work both independently and collaboratively Desired skills and experiences: Experience working with and empowering teenagers Strong organizational skills Knowledge of nutrition, food sovereignty and social justice Minimum of 2 years of farming experience Competence in all aspects of farm management Experience working with a diversity of backgrounds Experience working in the food industry, specifically in natural and sustainable foods or strong personal experience with such foods The ability to communicate well with diverse members and partners, including teenagers, parents, staff and teachers Able to multi-task The ability to make curriculum relevant to 10-12th grade urban public school students of varying academic abilities The ability to hold students to a high standard of discipline and accountability Able to work in a physically demanding environment (working outside in all kinds of weather, lifting heavy things) Familiarity with West Philadelphia Experience facilitating group discussions and group decision-making Valid Driver's License and personal vehicle Excellent computer skills, especially MS Excel and Google documents Experience with carpentry, bike mechanics and/or garden equipment repair is a plus. Time Commitment: School-year: 20-32 hours per week with 1.5 weeks off for winter break Schedule is Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with evening work until 6:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The remaining hours for prep work and shopping are to be determined on a case-by-case basis. Summer: 40 hours per week from mid-June through mid-August (8 weeks) with 2 weeks off in late August Schedule for last two weeks of June is Monday through Friday 9-5; in July and first two weeks of August is Monday through Thursday: 7-3 and Friday: 9-5. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter as one PDF file to jobs@urbannutrition.org







Start Date

January 21, 2013




2012-12-21 03:09:03 UTC


2012-12-21 03:09:03 UTC