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Farm Education Volunteer (Spring)

Volunteer opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity posted by: Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Posted on: February 4, 2014

Volunteer Opportunity description

Program Description

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture is a non-profit organization serving the Washington, DC metro region. Arcadia is dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system. Our mission is to improve the health of our community, support the viability of local farmers, and preserve the environment for future generations. Our farm, located on the historic Woodlawn estate in Alexandria, VA, aims to demonstrate environmentally and economically sustainable growing practices through community engagement.

The Arcadia Farm Field Trip program helps students make the connection that healthy, fresh food comes from the earth. It also familiarizes students with new fruits and vegetables that grow near Washington, DC, so that they will be more likely to eat those healthy foods when they see them in the cafeteria or at home.

Farm Education Volunteers help make Field Trips to Arcadia Farm safe, educational and fun. They help monitor the space, provide instruction and supervision, and assist with general garden maintenance. We will host groups of up to 60 elementary school students from Washington, DC and Virginia schools on Thursdays and Fridays.

Time Commitment:We are looking for volunteers to commit to one day per week, on either Thursdays or Fridays from March 17th to June 13th. Hours will be 9am-2:30pm.

Pay: This is a voluntary position.

Location: The volunteer shift will take place at Arcadia Farm, 9000 Richmond Highway in Alexandria, VA. Volunteers must provide their own transportation to/from the farm.

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities of Farm Education Volunteers will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Help supervise and manage large groups of students;
  • Teach a short interactive lesson on farm-specific topic during Field Trips;
  • Contribute to general maintenance of the kids educational garden, and
  • Assist with set- up and clean-up.

Qualifications:

  • Desire to work with children (preK-5) in an outdoor school setting
  • Creativity, enthusiasm and a sense of humor
  • Dynamic, energetic personality
  • Desire to learn about sustainable growing practices and food education

Volunteers must attend an on-site volunteer educator training session and pass a background check.

Arcadia is committed to diversity in the workplace. People of color, LGBTQ and multilingual people are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Contact Information

Please send a note describing your interest and relevant experience with "Farm Education Volunteer Application" in the subject line to Farm Education Director, Morgan Maloney, at info@arcadiafood.org by February 28, 2014.

Location

9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA, 22309, US

Time Commitment

Duration
3 months or longer
Time commitment
Occasional (weekly or monthly)
Times of day
Mornings
Afternoons
Days of week
Weekdays
Schedule
Fixed schedule
Start and end dates
March 17 - June 13, 2014

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