Newburgh Garden Assistant
Position Type: This is a paid, part-time, temporary position. The salary is $15/hour.
Duration: May 15, 2019 - November 15th, 2019, approximately 24 hours/week, with a flexible schedule. Hrs/week will shift with the season.
About Us: Hudson Valley Seed educates children in school gardens, empowering students through curriculum-integrated lessons focused on healthy eating, food literacy, outdoor learning, and academic success. Hudson Valley Seed educators integrate experiential learning into public school classrooms by bringing classes into school gardens during the warmer months and hosting lessons indoors during the winter. Weekly or biweekly lessons throughout the school year provide opportunities for students to explore subjects such as ecology and botany, eat vegetables, make connections to food and health, and engage with the natural world. We teach students in elementary schools in Beacon, Garrison, Newburgh, and Kingston, where we maintain vegetable gardens for use as learning and growing spaces.
Position Description: The Newburgh Garden Assistant will be responsible for helping maintain all six Newburgh school and community gardens, with tasks including watering, weeding, planting, harvesting, and other tasks. This person must have their own vehicle for transportation to and from gardens, as well as between gardens. This person reports to the Newburgh Program Managers who will train and work with the Newburgh Garden Assistant to develop a schedule of garden maintenance tasks to be completed each week. In the late summer and fall, this position transitions to support our student-run, after-school farm stand, called Crop Shop. Responsibilities for Crop Shop will include growing produce for sale, as well as assisting the Crop Shop Manager with organizing and running the Crop Shop.
Goals of the Position: By helping us maintain school and community gardens throughout the summer recess, the Garden Assistant will be contributing to our mission of educating youth in outdoor garden classrooms. The Garden Assistant will gain knowledge and build skills in gardening, food literacy, ecology, botany, as well as running a farm stand, under the direction of the Newburgh Program Managers. The Garden Assistant will practice time management skills by creating an intentional schedule of tasks with an efficient plan to execute them each week. The Garden Assistant will have the opportunity to work independently, gaining skills in decision-making and responsibility, and helping grow food for our school gardens, summer camp programs, and after-school Crop Shops.
Requirements for success in this position:
● Must have proven farming or gardening experience - Please provide a detailed description in resume
● Must be able to work independently
● Must be comfortable working outside in all weather conditions
● Must have valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle
Please send a letter of interest stating why you would like the position and what you hope to gain from it. Please include a resume detailing any relevant gardening experience, work experience, and any accomplishments, and also contact information for 2 references. Send a letter with the subject “Newburgh Garden Assistant” in the body of an email or as a PDF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. People of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 30th 2019.
Reports to: Director of Development
Status: Part time, unpaid
The Development Intern will support the Director of Development with aspects of fundraising to support the school garden programming of Hudson Valley Seed. This is an excellent opportunity for young professionals seeking experience in the nonprofit field.
Grant writing: For small grant applications (under $5,000), draft applications based off of answers to similar previous applications.
Grant research: Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate, foundation, and individual donors.
Database: Update and correct database records. Data entry of new constituent and address information.
Mailings: Checking address lists for accuracy, printing letters, stuffing envelopes, addressing envelopes, affixing stamps on envelopes or working with post office to meter envelopes, delivering mailing to post office.
Etc: Other duties as assigned by the Development Manager and Executive Director.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Ability to present information concisely, compellingly, and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to organize and prioritize work, and work independently with little supervision. Keen attention to detail and deadlines.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs and Google Sheets. Training will be given to work with Bloomerang database.
Excellent interpersonal skills. A great sense of humor with an ability to encourage fun and laughter in a team environment.
A knowledge of the Hudson Valley and a passion for gardening, food justice, local and sustainable agriculture, and/or public elementary education are prefered but not required.
Current college students and recent graduates seeking experience in the nonprofit field, with a focus on fundraising and/or communications, are especially encouraged to apply.
People of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace.
Status: 10-15 hours per week, part-time, flexible hours/schedule
Wage: This is an unpaid internship.
Location: Beacon (HVS office), with potential to also work remotely.
To apply: Application deadline is rolling until the position is filled, to start ASAP. We also welcome applications for future start dates, i.e. the fall school semester. Please send via email a cover letter, resume, and a sample of your writing to:
Air Nonken, Director of Development, at email@example.com
Finalists will be asked to also provide 2 references that can speak to your professional experience or potential.
We often have opportunities for volunteers to make a real difference in our work throughout the entire year, in the gardens, in the office, and in our schools. You can learn more here. To volunteer with Hudson Valley Seed please contact Program Coordinator Omari Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org