(NEW BRITAIN) Urban Farmer, New Britain ROOTS (FT, Seasonal)

New Britain ROOTS seeks an Urban Farmer.

Mission: New Britain ROOTS promotes the diversity, education and empowerment of those who farm, produce, prepare, and eat food in our community. We partner with local farmers and advocates for healthy food to make fresh, nutritious food accessible and affordable to all. ROOTS works with K-12 students, using a social justice and youth development approach. We support youth and adults in volunteer, entrepreneurial and employment programs focused on sustainable urban agriculture, land stewardship and food systems.

Job Description: The position is (40hrs/wk) from April 1- November 30th. The Urban Farmer is a new position with ROOTS with the goal of consolidating the management, maintenance, and coordination of 10 existing school gardens in New Britain, with the planned construction of two new gardens in 2019. The school gardens include 3 greenhouses, where the farmer will be responsible for an operations plan and the operation of our annual seedling sale that our school garden clubs host each May. The position will also help oversee greenhouse operations at New Britain Senior Center,
where ROOTS works with seniors on food and garden activities. Finally the Farmer will help oversee the planning, launch and development of a new community farm in New Britain on property recently acquired by ROOTS.
The Farmer will work directly with ROOTS’ Executive Director. S/he will co-manage our youth employment program, City Growers, in addition to overseeing volunteer activities on the community farm. The Farmer will work closely with our Market Manager, to coordinate produce availability for our Mobile Market. Coordination of school garden activity will be between ROOTS’ Education Coordinator and appropriate school staff.
Compensation: $15/hr, reimbursement for mileage, monthly professional development and training opportunities, and free produce during the market season.

Qualifications: Applicant must have a minimum of 2 years experience in vegetable
production/gardening on a small scale and 1 year experience supervising volunteers and/or staff. Applicant should have experience with irrigation systems, proper watering schedules, light machinery, and carpentry. Preference will be given to applicants who also can demonstrate experience working with youth on a farm setting. A valid driver’s license is required. This job is physically demanding so the applicant should feel comfortable lifting 50lbs and working in all weather conditions.

Submit resume and cover letter to Joey Listro, Executive Director, at joey@newbritainroots.org

Applications will be accepted until February 28th.

Start Date: April 1, 2019.

New Britain ROOTS is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, caste, tribe, age, disability status, protected veteran status or any other
characteristic protected by law.