Farm Educator Opportunity – Common Good City Farm

Common Good City Farm is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 and our mission is to sustain and support a more equitable community through growing, learning, cooking, and sharing fresh food together. Common Good’s half-acre farm in DC’s LeDroit Park is the principal site for programs providing hands-on training in food production, healthy eating, and environmental sustainability to people of all ages and backgrounds.

About Us: Common Good is an exciting and diverse workplace that offers employees many opportunities to be themselves and be co-creators in programming. We believe in supporting our employees through their hardships as well as celebrating their successes. If you’re ready to be part of a dynamic team of dedicated staff, volunteers, and board members, then this is the place for you!

Job Responsibilities
This role supports the Certificate Program in Regenerative Urban Agriculture. It is one of the first certificate programs of its kind focusing on urban small-space growing, regenerative techniques, carbon sequestration, and climate resilience. The Farm Educator will work in collaboration with the Farm Production Manager and with the support and assistance of Common Good staff and volunteers. Job responsibilities will include:

Execution and Management of Certificate Program in Regenerative Agriculture
*Deliver instruction for the adult cohort of the Certificate Program
*Recruit and select students for the program in partnership with the Farm Production Manager
*Obtain and manage data as appropriate for evaluation and in accordance with grant agreements, including surveying students
*Serve as a resource for students and staff who may have additional questions about regenerative agriculture

Management of Partnership with McKinley Tech High School
*Schedule and facilitate classroom visits to McKinley Tech High School covering topics such as rotation for soil nutrient management, soil testing and remediation, seed starting and greenhouse management, career paths in agriculture, and food systems and urban food policy
*Schedule and facilitate Field Trips for students to visit the farm and perform activities such as taking soil samples, transplanting seedlings, plant identification walks and food safety procedures
*Coordinate with school garden advisors to support leading and teaching activities such as: garden and farm planning, soil sampling, nutrient management, remediation, and crop rotation, starting, transplanting, and maintaining seedlings in the school’s greenhouse, providing summer support of school garden

Coordination of Youth Internship Program
*Hire, teach, and manage approximately 5 high-school students serving in an internship capacity
*Coordinate with other staff members so interns can shadow and work with other staff
*Modify the Certificate Program Curriculum as appropriate to meet the needs of the school calendar
*Meet any reporting requirements imposed by DCPS or the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE)

Organizational Support
*Be a welcoming presence to youth and adult community residents
*Promote active and broad participation by volunteers, program participants, and other stakeholders in a manner that supports relationship building between the farm and the community
*Support other farm programs as needed, particularly other education programs
*Assist with preparation of farm reports for Board meetings and grant reporting
*Represent Common Good City Farm at community meetings, events, and other outreach efforts
*Cultivate and maintain relationships within the urban agriculture and local food systems communities

Experience teaching high school students and adults
Experience working with regenerative agriculture techniques
Ability to modify and adapt curriculum
Must have availability to teach a class on Saturdays, and occasional additional availability on weekends
Must have availability on weekday evenings, specific weekday evenings to be determined
DCPS background clearance or willingness to obtain

Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt salaried position, with an annual salary of $55,000. Benefits include 100% health care coverage for the employee at the Gold tier level and employer contributions to dental, vision and dependent coverage. Common Good City Farm also offers a retirement plan and makes contributions to an individual retirement account after 6 months of employment. Paid time off includes 12 federal holidays, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, sick leave, and 12 days of personal time. Scheduling is flexible around farm needs and programming, as many farm events and activities happen on evenings and weekends.

Application Process

Common Good is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We encourage people of color, women, and other people with marginalized identities to apply. We do not expect anyone to be a 100% perfect fit. Generally, if you meet at least 80% of the qualifications for a position and you are enthusiastic about learning more, we encourage you to apply. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, video, or audio recording that summarizes their skills and experience and why they are interested in this role, along with their resume to jobs@commongoodcityfarm.org We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis with an anticipated start date in Spring 2024.

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