Works in partnership with area high schools and service providers to recruit Green Youth Farm participants
Oversees administration of student documentation, including collection of employment information and processing student pay
Coordinates educational workshops and fieldtrips
Coordinates procurement and delivery of materials necessary for program delivery (i.e. plants, soil, building materials, etc)
Tracks program expenditures and advises on annual budgets
Oversees garden planting and maintenance in cooperation with full time Grower
Collects and organizes written, anecdotal, and photographic documentation for education, publication, and reporting purposes
Works with teachers on ad hoc basis to assist with the use of growing space for curriculum enhancement
Coordinates once weekly after school garden club from March-June with ten students to grow plants in school greenhouse for use in summer program
Oversee six-month seasonal instructor in charge of six-week summer Jr. GYF program (includes teambuilding, workshops, growing, and fieldtrips)
As necessary, assists with the coordination of on-site and off-site symposia, presentations, classes, workshops, demonstrations, contests, fairs, and other special events that educate, support and/or recognizeand gardening efforts.
Supports the establishment of horticultural standards for the Community Gardening Department; maintain current knowledge of industry trends, practices and policies relevant to department operations.
Represents the Chicago Botanic Garden as requested on external committees and advisory boards that impact urban greening policy and planning issues and/or result in program partnerships.
Support department and institutional projects as requested.
Excellent organizational, presentation, written and verbal communication skills
Ability to thrive in a team oriented environment where flexibility is a must
Strong knowledge ofwith at least one season of vegetable production experience
Familiarity with issues surrounding local food systems
At least one year experience working with teenagers in a mentorship or supervisory role
Willingness to work in all neighborhoods of Chicago and surrounding communities with diverse audiences
Availability for evening and weekend work, particularly May-October
MUST be licensed driver, with constant and reliable access to personal vehicle and familiarity with Chicago area a plus.
DEPARTMENT: Community Gardening
REPORTS TO: Manager, Community Gardening
SUPERVISES: Volunteers, interns, 2 six-month seasonals, 2 three-month interns
RELATIONSHIPS: Center for Teaching and Learning, Development, , Horticulture and Grounds, Production, Construction and Maintenance, Collaborative Agencies, Subcontractors and Vendors. For More information visit the website at http://www.chicago-botanic.org/greenyouthfarm/