The Program Assistant’s primary responsibility is to support Big Green’s Program and help carry out the Edible Garden Initiative by working with schools’ Garden Teams to ensure they have the skills, materials, personnel, and confidence to successfully grow vegetables and teach in their Learning Gardens. This includes primarily working with Big Green’s Garden Educators and helping lead planting and harvest days at schools with teachers and students. This is an opportunity for individuals interested in working with schools, in the nonprofit sector, and the sustainable food sector, while also making a positive impact on developing a real food culture in communities. The Program Assistant reports to the Regional Program Manager.
This is a one year contract, part-time, hourly paid position, great for someone with a flexible morning schedule. The weekly work schedule is dependent on the number of school events scheduled per week. Weekly schedules may be affected by inclement weather. The job will require, but not guarantee, 10 to 20 hours of work per week during the months of August 2019 through November 2019 and March 2020 through June 2020. Candidates must be available from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at least 2-3 days per week.
- Work with Memphis Program Team to achieve defined seasonal goals, and prioritize efforts to promote community through food in all Learning Gardens.
- Support Garden Educators at school events with diverse populations of teachers, parents, community members and students at schools with Learning Gardens.
- Help lead Planting Days and Harvest Days alongside Big Green Garden Educators, which includes teaching K-12 students how to plant and harvest fall, spring and summer crops.
- Minimum High School Diploma
- Excellent communication and teamwork skills
- Organized, able to manage priorities
- A reliable go-getter with a can-do spirit
- Valid drivers’ license, and access to a vehicle
- Schedule availability at least 2-3 days per week from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Candidates must be available from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm, at least 2-3 days per week during the months of August 2019 to November 2019 and March 2020 through June 2020.
- Interest or experience working with children in an educational setting.
- Interest or experience instructing and guiding garden demonstrations with children and/or adults.
- Familiarity with small-scale organic food production or home gardening.
- Familiarity with urban garden, botany, environmental science, health and nutrition, environment and social justice, food systems, and food access.
- Ability to work with diverse populations, including youth and adults.
- Occasionally lifts and carries objects up to 50 pounds.
- Occasionally stoops and bends.
- Occasionally reaches and grasps with arms and hands. Work involves exposure to outdoors including warm and cold weather.
Big Green is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.