Youth Program Associate

Job Locations US-MA-Springfield
Posted Date 4 months ago(2/1/2022 11:17 AM)
Job ID
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Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Gardening The Community


Founded in 2002, in Springfield, MA, Gardening the Community ( (GTC), a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE (, is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities.  GTC works with youth to grow food on vacant lots and organizes to expand healthy, affordable food access in the Mason Square neighborhoods of Springfield. GTC’s vision includes building a vibrant, healthy food system with just and equal access to it – one that recognizes and addresses inequity - so racism no longer determines the health or well-being of a neighborhood or community.


The Youth Program Associate under the direction of the Asst. Director of Youth Leadership supports young people engaged with GTC in becoming strong, confident leaders who think critically about the world around them, understand the importance of access to healthy and locally grown food for all families, and advocate for food and racial justice.


Essential Functions


  • Support the process of youth enrolling into GTC’s program, including application materials, meeting with youth and their parents/guardians, and seasonal orientations;
  • Supervise the daily on-site participation of youth involved in GTC, including all aspects of farming, Farm Store and market sales;
  • Support GTC’s Farm Share program including supervising the bike delivery team, and helping to develop community engagement activities;  
  • Support the farm skill and leadership development of youth within GTC through coaching and mentoring and creating positive experiences that challenge youth to learn and grow;
  • Implementation of a year-round youth learning and leadership development curriculum; 
  • Support monthly youth timesheet reporting, invoicing and distribution of youth stipend checks;
  • Assist the Asst. Director of Youth Leadership  in ensuring that parents and guardians are well informed about their child’s participation in GTC and are knowledgeable about the program and youth activities;
  • Assist with other organizational activities including fundraising, events, and office management as appropriate;
  • Leads and accompanies GTC’s youth community engagement team with efforts ranging from social media posts to neighborhood flyering, door knocking, tabling and representing at community events (following COVID safety protocols);
  • Represent GTC with attending outreach events around the city and strengthening neighborhood connections; 
  • Staff the GTC Farm Store for at least one shift/week;
  • Drive GTC refrigerated truck and passenger van, as needed;
  • Work with the youth on the Farm Sites as determined by the farm manager and directed by the  Asst. Director of Youth Leadership (hours vary depending on growing season).


Reporting and Supervision


This position reports to the Asst. Director of Youth Leadership and supervises 8-10 youth participants and sometimes volunteer crew.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.


  • Experience growing food;
  • Experience supervising paid or volunteer staff and working with diverse communities;
  • Demonstrated experience in project or program coordination;
  • Demonstrated experience in community outreach or engagement work;
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and to the mission of GTC;
  • Ability to relate easily to middle and high school aged youth and to support their growth and development as leaders;
  • Interest and familiarity with issues relating to local food, food justice, and sustainable agriculture;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including comfort with public speaking;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Knowledge of the Springfield community;
  • Ability to build and sustain individual and community relationships;
  • Successful background check;
  • Successful Driver’s License Check, preferred;
  • Bilingual (spanish/english), preferred;
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel or design related software, preferred;
  • 2+ years experience supervising youth (aged 12-19) in youth organizing or youth development context, preferred.


Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Work on a farm site;
  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; bend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Regarding COVID-19: TSNE considers the health and safety of our employees of the utmost importance, and due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and subject to your state and local laws, our policy requires that all employees performing in-person work at a TSNE designated space or facility are fully vaccinated. For the purpose of this policy, fully vaccinated indicates that you have received a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, or both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Certain exemptions may be requested and will be considered by Human Resources.


Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work will be primarily performed at Gardening the Community, Springfield, MA. Work is not eligible for remote work.

Compensation: The pay range for this position is $16.00 - $18.00/hr and is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim;
  • Low-cost MetLife Dental and Vision;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care;
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance;
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA;
  • Access to fresh food
  • ...and more!

TSNE/GTC envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/GTC will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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