FRESH New London is a small non-profit located in New London, CT. Our goal is to unlock the power of New London’s diverse community and encourage broad participation in the hands-on transformation of our food system from what it is to what it ought to be: healthy, just, sustainable, accessible, productive and beautiful! In 2018, FRESH will grow food in the City, bring hundreds of community members into the work of food justice and connect youth to positive, community based solutions here in New London.
The Food Justice Educator (FFJE) will work directly with young people to grow food and guide them to discover the direct connection between the food system and social justice. This person is will engage youth and other community members in the “how and why” of FRESH’s mission and work with a team to carry out positive food system change projects around New London. The Food Justice Educator will also assist in maintaining the FRESH Urban Farm and Education Center, work with youth to get FRESH food out to the community and may also work with people of all ages to promote food justice.
- Co-plan and co-facilitate seasonal Youth Crew Programs with Youth Leadership Coordinator and Junior Staff (youth staff) that teach young people about food justice;
- Grow food with FRESH youth, from seed to sale, teach basic gardening skills and get food out to the community;
- Assist to facilitate farm based community education and volunteer engagement for all ages with the FRESH team;
- Participate in FRESH staff meetings and events as a part of the team;
- Represent FRESH at local, regional and statewide meetings as needed.
- Knowledge about, experience with and a passion for vegetable gardening and food justice;
- A deep commitment to working with young people with respect and appreciation. Values youth power;
- An understanding of different teaching methods and learning styles – popular education and hand on learning are most valued;
- Lots of energy and brings fun to the job;
- A demonstrated interest in the core mission and vision of FRESH New London and a strong desire to grow in knowledge and experience in these areas;
- Desire and ability to work in collaborative environment, and to work with supervision;
- Strong communication skills. Must communicate often and thoughtfully, through email, Google Docs and text;
- Experience with fresh, whole foods cooking (preferred) and an appreciation for food traditions of many cultures;
- A flexible schedule - after school and evening hours, Saturday mornings and other flexible hours required;
- Valid CT Driver’s License/ clean driving record. Willing and able to drive large van/small bus;
- Is responsible, flexible and self-motivated;
- Ready to work hard with a team of dedicated people;
- Is Committed to working against racism and other forms of discrimination;
- Familiar with or willing to learn about New London;
- Willing to work in both office and outdoor/ agricultural settings, including physical agricultural work;
- Bi-lingual (Spanish and English preferred).
Salary and Benefits
This is a part-time position for up to 18.5 hours per week during spring and fall seasons, 25-30 hours per week from May through August. $15-$17.50 per hour based on experience. Abundant fresh vegetables.
Work on this urban farm includes time on the farm, greenhouse, outdoor classroom and office. It is hard and repetitive physical work that includes evening and weekend hours. Flexibility with scheduling is required. You’ll need to live in or near New London to maintain our garden sites. You’ll also need a current driver’s license, a clean driving record and comfort driving trucks.
We strongly encourage online applications. Please attach your resume and a cover letter.
We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:
Or fax to: 617.896.9393.
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/FRESH New London will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification and veteran or disability status.