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Board of Directors (Volunteer)

Hilltop Urban Farm is seeking Interested Applicants to be At-Large Board Member


About Hilltop Urban Farm:

The Hilltop Urban Farm is a nonprofit, community-centered farm in south Pittsburgh’s Hilltop community. With 23 acres dedicated to farming, it is a multi-pronged initiative that will produce locally-grown crops, provide agriculture-based education, generate entrepreneurial opportunities, and strengthens communities. Given its size, scope and reach, it will ultimately become the largest urban farm in the United States and serve as a resource for urban farming initiatives.

The Hilltop Urban Farm has been in development since 2013, following a comprehensive community visioning process. Soil rehabilitation for farming acres was completed in 2017 and 2018. The Youth Farm was built in 2018. The Youth Farm Program and farmer rental acres will begin in April 2019.

Programs at Hilltop Urban Farm:

  • The one-acre Youth Farm at Hilltop Urban Farm will engage school-aged children from the Hilltop. Partnering with the Pittsburgh Arlington School, Lighthouse Central, and The Academy Charter School, the Youth Farm acts as a living agricultural and ecological laboratory for children. It promotes the teaching of Nutrition & Cooking, Growing Food, Local Food Systems, Agriculture as a Career Pathway, and Ecology of Western Pennsylvania through the lens of urban farming.

  • The Farmer Incubation Program at Hilltop Urban Farm will train adults who are eager to gain hands-on experience growing their own farm enterprise. In exchange for an annual program fee participants will have access to ¼ acre of restored farmland, storage, solar panels, mobile coolers, a shared tool library, greenhouses, and hoop houses. Entrepreneurial in spirit, the Farmer Incubation Program is the first of its kind in an urban area in the United States, and equips graduates with the tools to own and operate their own, independent farms after three years.


Seeking Applicants - At-Large Board of Directors:

The Board of Directors of Hilltop Urban Farm is seeking interested candidates for up to 12 of the At-Large Board of Director seats for a two-year term, beginning in January 2019. The entire Board of Directors consists of up to 19 seats. Board of Directors meetings will be held 10 times per year.

The Nominations and Governance Committee is specifically seeking candidates with the following experience/expertise:

  • A professional, experienced farmer

  • A youth education professional

  • A farmer training professional

  • A university-level agriculture education professional

  • A representative from a competitor or collaborator organization

  • Human Resources

  • Fundraising

  • Legal

  • Marketing

  • Organizational Development

  • Understanding of United States Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture regulations and programs

  • Government relations

  • School systems liaison

  • Nonprofit Management

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply. Other Board of Directors experience is a plus. Preference will be given to local candidates, especially those with a connection to the site, Mt Oliver City and St Clair.


How To Apply:

Please send resume/bio and a completed copy of the Application for Board of Directors via email to Sarah Ashley Baxendell, Director of Hilltop Urban Farm, at Sarah@pghhilltopalliance.org, with the subject header “Hilltop Urban Farm Board of Directors”. All submissions must be received by January 31, 2019, with the intention of scheduling follow-up interviews with the Nomination and Governance Committee.


Youth Farm Coordinator, Intern


The Youth Farm Coordinator Intern focuses on supporting the development of curriculum and delivery of programs at the Youth Farm at Hilltop Urban Farm.

This position reports to the Executive Director and works directly with the Youth Farm Program Manager. This internship is unpaid, and can be used for college credit.

Curriculum Development: 

  • Support the development of the Youth Farm curriculum with program partners Grow Pittsburgh, Allegheny Land Trust, Penn State Extension, and the Youth Farm Program Manager.

  • Create and define garden-based lesson plans.

  • Develop as assessment and evaluation process for the Youth Farm curriculum.

Program Delivery:

  • Support the implementation of youth farming programming at the Youth Farm, with partners Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8 school, The Neighborhood Academy, and Lighthouse Cathedral.

  • Support the management of Youth Farm food production, including crop schedules, maintaining and operating irrigation, harvesting, washing, and packaging produce, and maintaining farm facilities and equipment.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Interest and/or experience working with youth aged 4 to 18 in classroom and/or experiential education setting. 

  • Ability to demonstrate basic gardening tasks and science concepts to a class of elementary, middle school and high school students. 

  • Interest or background in sustainable agriculture, food justice, social justice and food. access. Food production experience a plus, including use of farm tools and/or machinery.

  • Ability to carry up to 40 pounds.

Availability:

  • Schedule is flexible, to be determined. 

  • Hours: ~10-15 hours per week, totaling 120 hours for 3 credits within one semester.

Required:

  • The Youth Farm Coordinator Intern must own a laptop computer.

  • Preferred - Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle (non-commute mileage can be reimbursed).

  • Must obtain Pennsylvania child abuse clearances, which will can paid for by Hilltop Urban Farm.

Application Requirements:

Please submit resume and cover letter to Sarah Baxendell, Director, Hilltop Urban Farm, by email (sarah@pghhilltopalliance.org) by January 15, 2019. Please use the subject “Youth Farm Coordinator Intern Application.”

Interviews for the Youth Farm Coordinator Intern position will be held within the months of January and/or February 2019.


Farmer Incubation Program Coordinator, Intern

The Farmer Incubation Program Coordinator Intern focuses on supporting the first year of farmland rental to experienced urban farmers.

This position will work directly with farmers, assessing their technical support needs and coordinating with program partners (Penn State Extension, Allegheny County Conservation District, Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture) to address these gaps through programming, workshops, technical support, or market access. This position will support site management, including work trade farmers performing site maintenance in exchange for reduced rental rates and site access challenges or needs.

This position reports to the Executive Director. This internship is unpaid, and can be used for college credit.

Food Access Research:

In addition to liaising directly with farmers, this position will complete program-specific research projects to inform the next stages of program development and investment.

  • Assess food access gaps in the 11 Hilltop neighborhoods to generate a list of neighborhood based partners and events for the mobile Farmer’s Market of the Hilltop Urban Farm.

  • Assess commercial kitchen demand in Pittsburgh, commercial kitchen operating models, and generate a list of churches with commercial kitchens in the 11 Hilltop neighborhoods for a potential commercial kitchen partnership model with the Farmer Incubation Program at Hilltop Urban Farm.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Interest or background in sustainable agriculture, food justice, social justice and food. access. Food production experience a plus, including use of farm tools and/or machinery.

  • Experience working directly with farmers and farm businesses. Ability to work directly with immigrant communities.

  • Experience coordinating and assessing programming needs.

  • Ability to independently complete research projects.

  • Ability to carry up to 40 pounds.

Availability:

  • Schedule is flexible, to be determined.

  • Hours: ~10-15 hours per week, totaling 120 hours for 3 credits within one semester.

  • The ideal candidate would be available from April 2019 to November 2019.

Required:

  • The Farmer Incubation Program Coordinator Intern must own a laptop computer.

  • Preferred - Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle (non-commute mileage can be reimbursed).

Application Requirements:

Please submit resume and cover letter to Sarah Baxendell, Director, Hilltop Urban Farm, by email (sarah@pghhilltopalliance.org) by January 15, 2019. Please use the subject “Farmer Incubation Program Coordinator Intern Application.”

Interviews for the Farmer Incubation Program Coordinator Intern position will be held within the months of January and/or February 2019.