The Teaching Farm Fellow supports Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF) staff between Summer 2017 and Summer 2018 in one of several roles at the organization. Each role supports our work and furthers our mission. You can learn more about our work at www.jvtf.org.
About Jones Valley Teaching Farm
Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in Birmingham, Alabama. We partner with Birmingham City Schools to deliver Good School Food (GSF), an innovative, hands-on food education program.
We provide our partner schools with Farm Labs-extensive outdoor classroom and school garden spaces. Full-time GSF instructors collaborate with teachers to develop and deliver programs and curricula that align food and nutrition concepts with standards in math, science, social studies, and language arts.
The Teaching Farm Fellowship
In 2013/2012 Jones Valley launched the Teaching Farm Fellowship program, designed to build capacity for the growth of Good School Food. Fellows have served in many important capacities in our organization, and contributed greatly to JVTF’s direction and success. We strive to partner with individuals who show exceptional initiative and are self-reliant and confident. A Teaching Farm Fellow in the 2017-2018 class can expect to serve in the following responsibilities:
● Assist Good School Food Instructors in the management of teaching farms located on school campuses
● Assist Good School Food Instructors with curriculum development and lesson delivery
● Support Good School Food Instructors with after school programs including Student Farmer’s Market and Farm Lab Club
● Participate in JVTF community and fundraising events
● Participate in team meetings and professional development opportunities
What We Look For:
A successful candidate must possess extraordinary professionalism, flexibility, intuitiveness, organizational and communication skills. In addition, Teaching Farm Fellows must be comfortable and enjoy working with our energetic, high performing team in an urban setting serving many students from under resourced communities.
● Believers in the power of education and food
● Undergraduate or Associates degree (preferred)
● Experience teaching in a classroom or leading outdoor education (preferred)
● A positive and constructive attitude, self-direction, self-motivation
● An openness and drive for learning, assessing and improving your work
● Must be capable of participating in the physically demanding needs of gardening and landscape work outdoors in all weather
● An understanding of (or desire to understand) organic and sustainable growing practices
● A willingness to innovate and contribute to the growth and evolution of JVTF as an organization
● Personal and Professional Growth: This is an opportunity for working at the community level- you will observe the growth and development of a nonprofit with ambitious goals, and your work will directly impact students. We provide extensive opportunities for Professional Development throughout the year, with sessions pertaining to educational pedagogy, sustainable farming practices, community development, and food and nutrition.
● Culture: We have a strong and supportive staff culture.
● Good Food: We have one of the most robust, productive urban farms in the country, and our staff has access to fresh organic produce all year long.
Duration and Compensation
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. The Teaching Farm Fellow position is a one-year, full-time position. Fellows will receive an AmeriCorps Vista Allowances Package. This position begins in Summer 2017.
To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé with “Teaching Farm Fellow” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. In this cover letter, please highlight previous relevant experience(s).