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Board of Directors (Volunteer)

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

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 Program Manager

Position Title: Youth Farm Program Manager (YFPM)

Position Reports to: Executive Director

Employment Status: Full-Time

FLSA Status: Exempt


Summary of Position: The Youth Farm Program Manager is responsible for carrying out programming at the Youth Farm at Hilltop Urban Farm by coordinating logistics, maintaining relationships with community partners, leading workshops with educators and students, and supporting the development and growth of the Youth Farm programs. The Youth Farm Program Manager is responsible for the planting and maintenance of the Youth Farm and its youth-led food growing activities.

Programmatic Responsibilities:

Partnership Development and Management:

  • Ability to establish rapport and develop strong relationships with a diverse group of people, including youth, teachers, school administrators, community leaders, and managers from nonprofit organizations and local institutions.

  • Liaison with local partners including Pittsburgh Public School District, Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8, Lighthouse Cathedral, The Neighborhood Academy, and Grow Pittsburgh’s Learning Garden Program

  • Coordinate program partnerships including Grow Pittsburgh, Allegheny Land Trust, Penn State Extension and PowerUp

Curriculum Development and Management:

  • Develop Youth Farm curriculum. Create and define garden-based lesson plans.

  • Assess and Evaluate the implementation of the Youth Farm curriculum with program partners

Program Development and Management:

  • Deliver and directly support garden programming at the Youth Farm and with partnering organizations

  • Teach elementary, middle school and high school age students how to grow and prepare food.

  • Supervise youth interns, summer workers, and program participants.

  • Communicate regularly with teachers to ensure that lessons are meeting the needs of students and successfully connecting to classroom curriculum.

  • Manage programmatic logistics, including calendar.

  • Coordinate monthly volunteer work days from April to October. Coordinate events and tours.

  • Coordinate partnering organizations who contribute supplementary workshops.

Youth Farm Operations:

The Youth Farm Program Manager is responsible for food production and site maintenance within the one-acre Youth Farm.

  • Oversee all farming-production. Plan yearly crop schedules to facilitate education programming. Maintain and operate irrigation. Harvest, wash, bunch and package produce. Maintain farm facilities and equipment.

  • Implement regenerative and organic farming practices.

  • Manage farm operations spending in accordance with Youth Farm Program budget. Manage and provide documentation for farm-related purchases.

  • Collaboratively support overall growth, expansion and sustainability of Youth Farm & Youth Farm Program.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • 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.

  • Experience as a program coordinator preferred.

  • Desire to be a part of a fast-paced non-profit/social business hybrid environment. Self-starter and comfortable/able to lead people and work independently on site.

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

  • Ability to work collaboratively to set goals and create program.

  • Positive experience working with communities of color.

  • Experience supporting Youth voices.

  • Access to a reliable vehicle required.

  • Ability to do physical and labor-intensive work in all weather conditions. Must be able to lift and carry 30 pounds.

  • Good communication skills, including writing and public presentation skills with both youth and adults.

  • Must obtain Pennsylvania child abuse clearances.

Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in education, agriculture, environmental science or comparative years of experience.

Benefits:

This position is a full-time salaried position. Salary range is $38,000 to $45,000. Mileage reimbursement. Paid time off.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Hilltop Urban Farm is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or belief. We encourage a diversity of candidates to apply for the position.

To Apply: Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Sarah Baxendell, Director of Hilltop Urban Farm, at Sarah@pghhilltopalliance.org no later than  January 31, 2019. Please title the email “Youth Farm Program Manager Application.” The Youth Farm Program Manager position will start by mid-February 2019.

Due to our limited organizational capacity, we regret that we are unable to personally follow up with everyone who applies.


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 31, 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 31, 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.