A Jones Valley Teaching Farm Instructor leads all aspects of the organization’s program, which
includes designing and delivering innovative standards-based curriculum and coordinating the day
to day management of a Teaching Farm at one of our seven partner schools.
Working with our energetic, high performing team, Instructors develop content that is relevant and
effective in an urban public school district serving many students from low resourced communities.
This work requires a high degree of professionalism and a collaborative spirit at the school-level. A
successful candidate must possess extraordinary interpersonal skills as well as strong management,
organization, and communication skills.
Jones Valley Teaching Farm
Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in Birmingham, Alabama.
In 2012, JVTF launched Good School Food (GSF), our in-school food-based education model, in a
pre-K- 5 Birmingham City School. We have since expanded this program to seven partner schools,
including five in one distinct pre-K- 12 feeder pattern in the Woodlawn community.
Good School Food is designed to improve education and health outcomes for students. We achieve
this by building out extensive Teaching Farms on school campuses, and providing our partner
schools with full-time Instructors who collaborate with teachers to develop and deliver programs
and curricula that align food and nutrition concepts with learning goals in math, science, social
studies, engineering, and language arts.
● Basic processes and procedures: Consistently shows up prepared and on time and is
available in person, on the phone and through email. Maintains a professionalism when
communicating and follows set channels of communication across the organization.
Follows protocols outlined in the policy guidelines/handbook. Adheres to school system
rules, administrative procedures, local board policies, and state and federal rules and
regulations that are a regular part of a public school system.
● Advocate: Seeks to understand the organization’s core purpose and develops a deep
understanding for it. Actively communicates, supports and protects this purpose. Maintains
effective relationships with external stakeholders, including school staff, parents, community
members and other constituents.
● Environment: Creates and maintains a positive collaborative environment around them that
is supportive and respectful of others and their ideas. Is an effective team player. Actively
participate in Jones Valley Teaching Farm staff meetings and professional development.
Effectively communicates the school activities to colleagues in order to be better supported
in his/her role.
● Improvement and Refinement: Is relentlessly committed to the pursuit of constant
reflection, improvement and refinement of our work.
● Create a safe, structured and warm learning environment for all students modeling respect
and curiosity for learning, while encouraging students’ interests and talents
● Collaborate with Jones Valley Teaching Farm staff and partner school faculty in the
development lessons that are integrated with classroom teaching and core academic
● Design and deliver in-school lessons for students in grades pre-K- 8th grades
● Design and lead after-school programs
● Design and deliver innovative summer programming
● Document lessons and programs, and implement assessments effectively and consistently
● Provide written feedback on lessons and programs demonstrating a commitment improving
program quality and rigor over time
● Collaborate with teachers, administrators, and the partner school community to generate
excitement around Jones Valley Teaching Farm sites and programming
● Directly manage and lead a Teaching Farm Fellow (an AmeriCorps Vista service member)
● Maintain detailed Education related records and reports and submit on time
● Actively participate in weekly education team meetings, observations, and check-ins
● Create a superior outdoor learning environment, maintaining a high standard of aesthetics
● Manage all aspects of the Teaching Farm site including: crop production, soil health,
landscaping, storage organization
● Lead a Teaching Farm Fellow in the implementation of sustainable farming practices
● Passionately lead students in the care of the Teaching Farm with a specific focus on farm
● With supervision from the Farm Director, manage maintenance repairs and improvements
of equipment and facilities
● Maintain detailed Teaching Farm related records and reports and submit on time
● Actively participate in weekly Teaching Farm meetings and check-ins
What We Look For
● Believers in the power of education and food
● Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
● A positive and constructive attitude
● Self-direction and self-motivation
● An openness and drive for learning, assessing and improving your work, and the ability to
hear, reflect upon and implement feedback
● Undergraduate degree in related field preferred
● A minimum of 1-3 years experience teaching youth
● Demonstrated experience or interest in lesson and curriculum development
● Demonstrated experience or interest in organic and sustainable growing practices
● Must be capable of participating in the physically demanding needs of gardening and
● Criminal background check and a valid driver’s license required
Duration and Compensation
Jones Valley Teaching Farm Instructor position is a year-round, full-time position with a 3-month
probation period. Competitive compensation packages include salary, health benefits, and paid
To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé with “Jones Valley Teaching Farm Instructor” in the
subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. In this cover letter, please highlight previous relevant experience(s).
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.
Competitive compensation packages include salary, health benefits, and paid
Minimum Education Required