Under supervision of the program manager, the part-time Youth Garden Coordinator will work with youth ages 6 to 18 to develop and maintain a community garden at the Rita Bright Family & Youth Center.

The coordinator will engage youth in all aspects of the garden, including planning, planting, weeding, harvesting, and compost. This work will involve hands-on garden work and collaboration with LAYC and Rita Bright partners.

The coordinator will develop programming related the garden, which could vary depending on youth interest. This could potentially include the creation of a youth-run garden market in collaboration with DC Greens and Community Food Works.

The coordinator will be responsible for developing a curriculum to fit the program goals and for program implementation and garden management at the center.

This is a contract position. The coordinator will work an average of eight hours per week. Funding-permitting, there is the potential to expand this position.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and implement curriculum that aligns with program goals of creating a youth-led garden.
  • Oversee students’ gardening and market work; ensure a safe, successful, and educational experience for students.
  • Create an engaging environment and structure for youth to fully participate in activities.
  • Identify and coordinate field trips and/or guest speakers.
  • Be responsible for the safety and well-being of students and equipment.
  • Leave work spaces clean and usable by others.
  • Track student attendance and other paperwork as-needed.
  • Communicate and collaborate with Program Manager and other LAYC staff.
  • Promote a respectful, safe, multicultural setting.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with youth – no sharing of personal social media or socializing with youth outside of LAYC sanctioned events or field trips.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Experience with urban gardening; experience growing fruits and vegetables.
  • Experience leading activities or classes for youth, particularly at-risk or disconnected youth.
  • Experience designing curriculum.
  • Knowledge of basic nutrition and health preferred.
  • Experience working with food preferred.
  • Ability to relate to culturally diverse population.
  • Complete criminal record clearance.
  • Time management skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Work is a fairly physical with many duties requiring standing and walking around the classroom, garden, and kitchen. Work involves physical demands such as lifting 30 pounds or more, bending, lifting, stretching, pulling, walking or standing for extended periods of time.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

TO APPLY:

Submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for two professional references to Julia Kann at  julia@layc-dc.org