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  New teaching vacancy (immediate): Urban Ag Instructor, Gary Comer Youth Center, Chicago  
  Lucas Allen  11/8/2019 10:30:00 AM  
     
 

The Urban Agriculture Instructor serves as a key member of the innovative urban agriculture initiatives at the Gary Comer Youth Center. The ideal candidate will have a strong background and interest to engage diverse youth with their local environment and to develop opportunities for future leaders in areas such as community development, food access, environmental and social justice, along with broader STEM fields. This is a year-round position within a five-member urban agriculture department. The Urban Agriculture Instructor will develop hands-on, inquiry-based programs for middle and high schoolers to be implemented during in- school and out-of-school-time settings. The instructor will lead teens in work-readiness programs in urban agriculture, landscaping, agriculture-based social enterprises, and related green careers. The Instructor will work alongside teens and young adults in the GCYC network of sustainable outdoor learning environments, which include: a ¼ acre intensive rooftop garden; the Comer Campus, which includes an environmental education garden with woody plants, herbaceous perennials and a culinary garden; along with a 1.75-acre youth education garden featuring a fruit orchard, perennial beds, high tunnels and about 20,000 square feet of vegetable beds.

 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: Urban Agriculture Instructor

Instruct groups of 10 to 20 teens during school, after school and school vacations.
Develop and implement urban agriculture curricula and program activities utilizing the GCYC network of gardens.
Work both independently and with youth to lead urban agriculture tasks including plant propagation, site preparation/maintenance, planting/transplanting, weed management, integrated pest and disease management, irrigation, harvesting, washing and packing, distribution and food safety.
Collaborate with GCYC culinary department to support seed-to-table programming.
Assists with the management of part-time instructors, contracted partners and interns.
Lead volunteers, groups, tours, workshops and demonstrations.


For more information, or to apply, visit the GCYC website.
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Lucas Allen
Facilitating Coordination in Ag Education (FCAE)
Phone: 815-530-2065 Cell: --
Email: lallen@ilaged.org
Address: 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton, IL 60187
 
     
 
 
     
     
 
 
     
     
 
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