Gardening the Community (gardeningthe.org) is a BIPOC-led urban agriculture organization engaged in youth development and advancing racial justice to build healthy and equitable communities. We work with youth to grow food on reclaimed abandoned lots in the Mason Square community of Springfield. We partner with the Springfield Food Policy Council on advocacy campaigns for increased access to healthy food and greater food security for historically marginalized residents. The impact of our work is far beyond growing vegetables. GTC contributes to the local and statewide food and racial justice movements that seek to change the root causes of the poor health and unjust food systems facing communities (especially low-income communities and communities of color) across the State. We are creating locally controlled food resources that support our young people, build community and offer sustainable alternatives to Springfield families.
GTC is a fiscally sponsored organization of TSNE (tsne.org).
The Youth Program Associate under the direction of the Executive Director and Youth Program Manager 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.
This is a temporary, part-time position.
Reporting and Supervision
This position reports to the Youth Program Manager 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.
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:
Compensation and Benefits
Location:Work will be primarily performed at Gardening the Community, Springfield, MA. Work is not eligible for remote work.
Schedule: The hours for this position will be flexible up to 32 hours a week. This role requires the ability to work occasional mornings, nights and weekends.
Compensation: The starting pay for this position is $18.00/hr and is commensurate with experience.
Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:
TSNE/GTC strives to achieve excellence through a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment that embraces all of our individual and collective differences. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Middle Eastern and North African, Bilingual and/or Bicultural candidates, and LGBTQ2SIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We value and honor the unique talents, learning styles, and lived experiences of each individual that enrich and strengthen our workplace culture, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
All employment conditions are based on an individual’s performance and job qualifications. TSNE/GTC prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, creed, color, religion, native language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, race-based hairstyles, or any other protected characteristic stated by federal and state law. Regardless of any class’ protection under the law or lack thereof, TSNE/GTC celebrates diversity and values the strengths that come with having a diverse team of employees. It is represented in our workplace culture, and it is who we are.
TSNE/GTC's EEO statement extends to volunteers, interns, contractors, vendors, and clients.
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