Veterans’ Agriculture and Workforce Training Program Coordinator
Start Date: March 2020
Working in close cooperation with the Farm Director, the Veterans’ Program Coordinator will help manage the new Veterans’ Agriculture and Workforce training program at Hilltop Hanover Farm. Using our farm as an outdoor classroom, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for creating and delivering farm-based programming focused on basic job skills and healthy living to a group of 6-14 veterans who are looking to re-enter the workforce. The right candidate will be self-motivated and demonstrate compassion and genuine interest in helping program participants succeed.
Our initial pilot program ran in the fall of 2019, and we are now expanding for 2020. Program participants are on site four days per week (Tues-Fri) from 9am-1pm. The Coordinator is expected to develop hands-on training activities based on available site resources, which include: 4 acres of production fields, display gardens, pollinator habitat, heated greenhouse, unheated high tunnel, retail farm stand, and native plant nursery. The participants will be engaged and trained to be productive members of our farm operations including running the U-Pick operation, greeting and checking out customers, growing plants for our seedling sale, and coordinating our food pantry donations. An Assistant Farmer with help with curriculum delivery, overseeing production plots, and supervising participants in farm/garden tasks.
- Oversee program logistics, including transportation and lunch service
- Working with other program and farm staff, create weekly schedule for program participants
- Assist in developing sustainable agriculture training manual
- Using classroom methods, hands-on demonstration, and working side-by side, teach participants gardening and farming skills
- Perform daily record-keeping including attendance and evaluation forms
- Order and manage program supplies
- Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment
- 2-4 years of experience in formal or informal education; preference for environmental educators or prior experience working in an outdoor classroom
- Experience teaching, coaching and/or supervising adults
- Ability to monitor participants’ learning pace and adjust daily program activities accordingly
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
- Demonstrated ability to supervise and train program participants in general workforce preparedness using farming/gardening activities
- Working knowledge of sustainable agriculture and organic gardening
- Comfortably able to lift 30lbs
- Valid driver’s license
The Program Coordinator schedule requires a minimum commitment of 24 hours per week, but up to 40 hours/week may be available. This is a seasonal position, running from mid-March to mid-November, with possibility of renewal for future years. Salary DOE. To apply, please email a brief letter of interest, resume, and a list of 3 references. Include ‘Veterans’ Program Coordinator’ in the subject line.