Arcadia Farm Education Volunteer-Thursdays

Published

04/16/2018

Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

A few hours per week

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)

Address

9000 Richmond Highway
Alexandria
Virginia
22309
United States

Description

TIMES OF DAY

Thursdays 9 am-2 pm; April 26-May 24th


TIME COMMITMENT

A few hours per week


DURATION

Short-Term; Thursdays, April 26-May 24th


ADDRESS

9000 Richmond Highway

Alexandria, Virginia 22309

United States


DESCRIPTION


Overview: Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture seeks Farm Education Volunteers to assist with the Arcadia Farm Field Trip Program which teaches students about the origins of healthy food. Field Trips help students in grades Pre-K-5th make the connection that fresh food comes from the earth through hands-on, farm-based learning. Trips familiarize students with new fruits and vegetables that grow in the DC Metro area 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 safe, educational and fun. They help monitor the space, provide instruction during trips, and assist with general garden maintenance.


Background: Arcadia is a non-profit organization serving the Washington, D.C. Metro area. Arcadia’s mission is to create a more equitable and sustainable local food system to improve the health of our community, increase the viability of local farmers, and preserve the environment for future generations. Arcadia has three interrelated program areas: Food Access, Farm & Nutrition Education, and Sustainable Agriculture.

Reports to: Farm Education Volunteers report directly to the Farm Education Manager.


Hours: This is a 5 hour/week minimum commitment under the guidance of our Farm Education Manager. Volunteers commit to one or two of our three Field Trip days: Thursdays from 9:00am-2:00pm


Location: Volunteer time will take place at Arcadia Farm, 9000 Richmond Highway in Alexandria, VA. Volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from the farm.


Responsibilities:

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Teach a short interactive lesson on farm-specific topic to small groups of students during Field Trips;
  • Assist with all Field Trip tasks, including set up and clean up.
  • Contribute to general maintenance of the children’s educational garden.


Qualifications:

  • Desire to work with children (preK-5) in an outdoor school setting
  • Experience working with youth, especially in an outdoor environment
  • Dynamic, energetic personality
  • Desire to learn about sustainable growing practices and food education
  • Creativity, enthusiasm and a sense of humor
  • Must be able to work outdoors in various weather conditions and lift 50 lbs
  • First Aid/CPR certification is a plus
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • BONUS: Spanish speakers!


Training:

Arcadia is committed to providing quality, on-site training and learning experiences to our volunteers. Volunteers receive training in farm-based education techniques, sustainable growing techniques, and much more.


How to Apply:

Please send your resume and a note describing your interest and relevant experience. Email Farm Education Manager, Ivy Mitchell, ivy@arcadiafood.org, using "Farm Education Volunteer Application" as the subject.


Arcadia is committed to diversity in the workplace and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs.



BENEFITS

Training Provided

HOW TO APPLY

ivy@arcadiafood.org

http://www.arcadiafood.org


Arcadia is committed to diversity in the workplace and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs.


Benefits

  • Training Provided

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