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Job Description

We’re seeking highly motivated, talented individuals to collaborate with our staff to support the following:

  • Good School Food.  GSF is a suite of programs with the centerpiece being a Farm Lab, which is both an outdoor classroom and a small farm on school campuses.  Through this hub, we teach standards-based lessons, and explore and address critical issues around food and farming. Farm Lab is also in many ways the focal point of the Fellows’ experience, the place where they teach JVTF-designed curricula and lead Project Based Learning experiences for students. Fellows are responsible for the implementation of lessons and for the care of the space as a team.  First-year Fellows are mentored by second-year Fellows. Both Fellows are responsible for developing and maintaining positive, productive relationships with students and staff at our GSF partner schools and have instructional and logistical responsibilities at their school sites.  Over time, you will likely become as much a part of the school community you work in as you are a JVTF staff member.
  • Seed to Plate.  The Seed to Plate program transforms our urban teaching farm into a learning laboratory where students explore, investigate, and inquire about where food comes from and why it matters to their long-term health and well-being. The Seed to Plate program has served as the foundation for our newer school-based work and through this program, thousands of children, classrooms and families engage in conversations about health and sustainable food systems in our city long after the field trip is over.
  • Urban Teaching Farm Site.  JVTF’s urban teaching farm is the center of  our work and mission.  The quality of the farm’s development is directly correlated to the quality of our education programs. Fellows will gain invaluable skills and knowledge in sustainable farming and agriculture working directly on the farm, helping to prepare soil, weed and harvest produce. Fellows will apply the skills and knowledge obtained while working on the farm to our on-site education and school-based programming.
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Management. Teaching Farm Fellows will recruit volunteers, including local college and university students, to support and expand the reach of  JVTF’s mission.

Skills Required
What We Look For:

  • Believers in the power of education and food
  • Self-direction with an openness and drive for learning, assessing and improving their work
  • Undergraduate or Associates degree (preferred)
  • Leadership experience teaching in a classroom or leading outdoor education (preferred)
  • Ability to be flexible and handle multiple projects at one time
  • Ability to do physically demanding work
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability make change at JVTF and bring us something new

What Fellows Receive

  • Professional Growth: This is a true opportunity for on-the-ground/hands-on experience working at the community level with teachers, students, parents and an awesome team from JVTF. You will be making real decisions that impact the growth and development of a nonprofit with ambitious goals. Through this Fellowship, you will have an immediate platform for fast yet thoughtful professional and personal growth.
  • Culture: We take care of one another at JVTF.  At JVTF, you are not expected to be anyone but yourself. We call it “The Farmily.”
  • Good Food: You have access to fresh, organic produce all year long. Your office is across the street from one of the most robust and productive urban farms in the country.
  • A service stipend: First year Fellows will receive an AmeriCorps VISTA  Allowances Package. Second year Fellows will receive a more competitive JVTF stipend.


The Teaching Farm Fellowship is a collaboration between Jones Valley Teaching Farm and the AmeriCorps VISTA program through the Corporation for National and Community Service.

How To Apply

Send your current resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript(s) to fellows@jvtf.org by March 31, 2015.

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