Employment Opportunities

Racine Area Youth Farm Corps Program Manager 

Job Description

Reports to: Executive Director

General Summary: The Racine Area Youth Farm Corps program manager is responsible for management of crew leaders and crew members and coordination of farm-oriented, educational, and outreach activities from March 1- August 31, 2017.

Primary responsibilities: 
  • Network in the local community to gain support for program 
    • Connect with high schools to publicize and recruit crew members 
    • Publicize at area colleges and institutions to recruit crew leaders
    •  Connect with nonprofits, community centers and other organizations, as well as potential supporters and donors 
  • Interview and select potential crew members and crew leaders 
  • Attend trainings at Prairie Farm Corps (PFC) in March and April 
  • Coordinate cooking demonstrations, farmer’s markets, and other community outreach events 
  • Plan educational sessions relevant to: organic farming (soil basics, weed management, etc.) food insecurity / food justice issues, cooking / baking, job skills, and leadership development 
  • Plan, supervise, and facilitate day-to-day activities of crew, including but not limited to: 
    • Farm work 
    • Animal care / chores 
    • Farmer’s markets 
    • Educational components
    • RAYFC interaction with summer camp
    • Cooking demonstrations 
    • Trips to other farms 
  • Offer constructive feedback (both informal and structured) to crew members and crew leaders 
  • Administer pre-survey and post-survey to measure students’ growth 
  • Prepare and maintain the RAYFC plot; coordinate or perform any farm work that isn’t completed by the crew 
  • Oversee and maintain evaluation activities/outcomes for applicable grants 
  • Meet weekly with the executive director 
  • Additional grounds-keeping duties as time permits  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work/life experience
  • Previous experience working with youth
  • Ability to supervise, mentor, and collaborate with high school youth and college-age or adult crew leaders 
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Baseline knowledge of farming and cooking from the garden 
  • Ability to teach skills in farming, cooking, and leadership
  • Computer skills: competency in Microsoft Office suite and social media
  • Organizational abilities (especially important in prepping for farmers’ markets) 
  • Collaboration with other organizations and farms 
  • Passion for food justice and building stronger communities 

Physical and Mental Requirements: 

  • Ability to perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms, legs, and moving whole body, including the ability to walk significant distances, stand for extended periods, lift moderate weights, and stand and stoop. Ability to maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching on slippery or erratic surfaces. 
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds 
  • Ability to work as a team member: flexibility, openness
  • Ability to work cohesively with and manage a variety of personalities
  • Ability to be pleasant with others on the job and display a cooperative attitude
  • Willingness and ability to do hands-on work, gardening, harvesting and animal care
  • Patience, perseverance, and good humor 

Additional Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Valid insurance if using own vehicle for Eco-Justice Center business 
  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Reliable, responsible and dependable in fulfilling obligations 
  • 30 hours a week, seasonal work from March 1- August 31 
  • Flexibility to work at a farmers’ market on the weekend 
  • Honest and ethical

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to hr@racinedominicans.org.