Farm To Summer School
(Grades 2-3 and 6-8)
Mission: New Britain ROOTS is a community-engaged 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to promoting food security. We make healthy food accessible and affordable to our low-income neighbors. We work with Connecticut farmers, food artisans and healthy food advocates. ROOTS provides K-12 programs for students focused on food justice, sustainable farming, and empowered eating practices.
Farm To Summer School Program: We partner with New Britain Schools to bring food and farming education into the summer school classroom. We serve 120 elementary school students and 34 middle school students attending the summer school session.
Job Description: ROOTS is now hiring for multiple positions in our Farm To Summer School Program. We are seeking Program Instructors and Program Assistants to offer full and half day programs at 4 schools in New Britain.
Our Middle School Instructor will co-teach with a school district teacher for a full day of programming for grades 6-8. Middle School students will design and implement a community service project related to food and agriculture during a one-hour block two afternoons a week. The Instructor will encourage research oriented discussion that examines human impact on ecosystems through the lens of a farmer. Instructors will use the STEM Scouts program, which will guide students to identify problems, measure impact, analyze data, and test solutions in relation to food production. A small aquaponics system, greenhouse, and raised garden beds will be used. Additionally, guest speakers will be contracted to provide one-hour sessions in the area of personal finance, mental wellness, health/nutrition, and physical fitness. The idea behind this concept is to give students an exposure to the programming available to the community and increase the connection to the school and local community. The Middle School Program runs July 24-Aug 18 and is a full day, M-F, and a full week of training the week of July 17-21.
Elementary School Instructors provide half day programs focused on gardening, nutrition, and sustainability. Students will also take part in field trips to a local farm The Elementary Program runs July 24- Aug 11 M-F. All programs will utilize school greenhouses and gardens as part of their curriculum.
All positions are contract, non-staff. Compensation range for Program Instructors and Assistants are between $12-17/hr BOE. Program Instructors receive prep time for lesson planning. All applicants must be able to pass a DCF background check and provide two professional references.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in education, environmental science, agriculture, natural science or related field OR substitute equivalent experience in a job related field. Applicant must show some experience in youth development and supervision. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate knowledge in aquaponics and/or gardening.