We encourage volunteering with Grow It Forward to help us connect our community by growing food and educating for the future in the areas we live, learn, work, and play!

Employment

 

We are seeking a part-time Farm to School AmeriCorps Nutrition Educator for the 2020-2021 school year. The position is about 20 hours a week and will receive a stipend. To apply, please review the full application.

Farm to School AmeriCorps Nutrition Educator

Time Requirements: 20 hours per week

Duties (list not inclusive):​

  • Prepare and teach garden-based, farm-to-school, and/or nutrition lessons to MPSD students

  • Help promote local foods and farms through lunchroom activities and communications to school staff and families

  • Assist with preparation and processing of fresh local fruits and vegetables for snack programming and/or tastings

  • Assist with cooking classes, programming, or chef-in-the-classrom activities

  • Provide feedback on lesson plans and develop lesson materials

  • Develop materials and assist at community and school events and assemblies

  • Connect farmers to the classroom through in-class programming

  • Create and/or help maintain school gardens

Requirements

  • Passion for inspiring healthful eating among youth, and promoting local, sustainable agriculture

  • Experience facilitating education, preferably elementary age children

  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills in a team setting

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent motivational skills

  • Creativity and flexibility in curriculum presentation

  • Working knowledge of Word processing and spreadsheet software, and ability to efficiently navigate the internet

  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, flexible work setting

  • Ability to provide one's own transportation for work purposes

  • Possession of a valid Wisconsin Driver's License

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident alien

 

Internships

 

We are seeking student interns from area colleges to help build our brand and help us grow. Interns will help us become a leading agency for giving back to our community. Moreover, our interns will make 14th Street Community Garden a showcase for the community and provide fresh, healthy food for area families. Individuals who believe in and support healthy, positive experiences, and who envision a sustainable, abundant, accessible, holistic, and just food system that empowers diverse communities of all ages is encouraged to apply.

We look forward to your support in helping us Grow It Forward!

 

If interested in an intern position, please email us at growitforward.wi@gmail.com

 

Administrative Coordinator Intern

Time Requirements: 20 hours per month

Duties (list not inclusive):

  • Works with Grow It Forward staff with business development, programing, and outreach

  • Works with Program Director to develop committee structure and information processing

  • Works with Program Director to develop and implement garden programing

  • Brainstorm partner organizations

  • Reach out to partner organizations

  • Brainstorm potential funding sources

  • Assists in planning Grow It Forward's fundraising events, budget planning, and finances

  • Assists in developing volunteer coordination

Qualifications:

  • Clear communication skills

  • Great writing skills

  • Comfortable making phone calls and sending emails

  • Knowledge of various software programs including but not limited to Microsoft Office and Adobe.

  • Quick Books, finance, book keeping, and/or business management experience is a plus

  • Passion for changing the food system--food justice and food security

  • Appropriate turnaround time on project tasks

  • Ability to work independently

  • Helpful to provide your own computer

  • Reliable self-starter, with excellent ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities, follow-through, and deadlines

  • Highly organized, with excellent attention to detail


Garden Program Coordinator Intern

Time Requirements: 20 hours per month

Duties (list not inclusive):

  • Seed start and prepare annual and perennial crops

  • Implement permaculture installation (perennial food crops)

  • Take part in produce marketing efforts

  • Engage the neighborhood surrounding 14th Street Community Garden in growing food

  • Participate in and help plan community potlucks and harvest dinner

  • Provide supervision for volunteers and guide them to participate in daily garden activities

  • Prepare land for upcoming projects, grantor visits, events and more as assigned

  • Initiate and follow through on additional projects to efficiently grow food in the city

  • Assist in developing record keeping and analysis of production and potential sales

  • Report to Grow It Forward staff on progress and key decisions in the community garden

  • Provide expertise and consultation to volunteers and partners through installation of fencing, irrigation, hoop or green house, season extension, and storage

  • Provide basic maintenance of hand and power tools

  • Assist in purchasing or maintaining soil amendments, greenhouse supplies, seeds,  and plants

  • Help manage the growth and distribution of crops

  • Assist in the development of onsite garden related programing and training

Qualifications

  • Gardening, horticultural, or agricultural experience required

  • Demonstrated experience in project, program, and/or organization management-including supervisory experience preferred

  • Experience working with youth and interest in youth leadership and development

  • Able to perform hard and repetitive physical work outside in all weather

  • Experience, familiarity, and/or passion with urban agriculture and local food systems

  • Basic carpentry skills

  • Reliable self-starter, with excellent ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities, follow-through, and deadlines

  • Highly organized, with excellent attention to detail

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