November 3rd, 2022

Full-Time Position



Under the supervision of the Farm Operations Manager, the K-8 Teaching Farm Specialist leads the day-to-day operations of partner school sites serving elementary and middle school students and upholds the organization’s vision of welcoming, productive, and diverse outdoor learning environments. The K-8 Teaching Farm Specialist is responsible for crop production, soil management, field work, produce harvest and food safety, record-keeping, and the care of Teaching Farm equipment and infrastructure at Avondale Elementary, Glen Iris Elementary, Hayes K-8, Oliver Elementary, Putnam Middle, and Phillips Academy Middle Schools. It is the K-8 Teaching Farm Specialist’s role to serve as a steward of these sites and to welcome a variety of individuals to engage with the work and mission of the organization. The K-8 Teaching Farm Specialist works collaboratively with the Education Team while also facilitating Apprentices. The K-8 Teaching Farm Specialist supports the Farm Operations Manager in materials procurement and farm resource management, as well as executing or arranging for necessary maintenance and repairs of Teaching Farm facilities and equipment. This work utilizes organic and sustainable growing practices and requires a high degree of professionalism, as well as strong management, organizational, and communication skills. A successful candidate must be capable of focusing on the day-to-day while also projecting and planning for the future.

Please note this job description is not designed to provide a comprehensive list of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position. Job responsibilities may change at any time without prior notice. New job responsibilities may be added as needed.


Jones Valley Teaching Farm

Founded in 2002, JVTF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2012, JVTF established Good School Food (GSF), a food education model rooted in academic standards and implemented in partnership with Birmingham City Schools. In the GSF model, JVTF designs and builds extensive teaching farm sites where staff deliver programming that connects students to food, farming, and the culinary arts through in-school and after school programming. Since 2012, JVTF has expanded the program to seven partner schools, including five in one distinct pre-K-12 feeder pattern in the Woodlawn community. Learn more at jvtf.org.


What We Look For

  • Believers in the power of education and food
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • A positive and constructive attitude
  • Self-direction and self-motivation
  • An openness and drive for learning, assessing and improving your work, and the ability to hear, reflect upon and implement feedback
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, parents, and schools
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, manage and carry out duties efficiently and within established timeframes
  • Undergraduate degree in a related field preferred
  • A minimum of 1-3 years experience teaching youth
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in lesson and curriculum development
  • Demonstrated interest in organic and sustainable growing practices
  • Criminal background check and a valid driver’s license required


Duration and Compensation

This is a year-round, full-time position with a 3-month probation period. Competitive compensation package includes:

  • 403(B) with matching
  • Paid Health and Dental benefits
  • 22 Days of Paid Time Off at the onset of employment
  • Generous maternity and paternity leave
  • JVTF values work-life balance and strives to create a culture where this principle is supported.

Criminal background check and a valid driver’s license required.


Application Information

To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé with “K-8 Teaching Farm Specialist” in the subject line to jobs@jvtf.org.  In this cover letter, please highlight previous relevant experience(s). Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.  No phone calls or drop-ins, please.