Saturday, March 07, 2009

Local Job Opening

This isn't my typical blog post, but this isn't your typical job opening either. This sounds like it would be a really fun and rewarding job.

Please pass this along to anyone who may be interested.

Open job position from SEEDS (1998 NC Peace Prize winner)
From Lucy Harris, SEEDS Executive Director,
706 Gilbert Street, Durham, NC 27701

SEEDS is hiring a co-coordinator for Durham Inner-city Gardeners (DIG) to start in March 2009.

Come join our multi-generational team of youth and adults working together to increase food justice in our community by:
-Growing healthy, sustainable food on a 1/4 acre lot in northeast central Durham
-Selling it at the Durham Farmer's Market every Saturday
-Learning about the importance of food and sustainability
-Cultivating self-confidence, inter-dependence, solid community, and a strong value for all life
-Primary responsibilities would be:
-Sharing knowledge of sustainable gardening, cooking, and healthy living with youth;
-Program development;
-Youth leadership training;
-Working with volunteers;
-Garden stewardship

Required Skills:
-Experience working with youth, especially in leadership development;
-Some gardening experience;
-Creative problem solving and conflict resolution skills;
-Ability and interest in doing physical labor;
-Commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice;
-Ability to work well with a multi-racial, intergenerational staff and desire to interact with a wide range of people
-Flexible schedule, driver's license, sense of humor and the ability to think on your toes

Strongly recommended:
-An understanding of and interest in food systems and food politics;
-Cooking skills;
-Carpentry skills;
-Creative self-expression;
-Morning person

We encourage applicants to get a feel for the position by volunteering during a Saturday work day.

Starting salary $12/hour + paid sick, vacation, and holidays
Average of 28 hours/week including Saturdays

Job starts mid-March

Interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to Lucy Harris,, or 706 Gilbert St, Durham, NC 27701.

SEEDS is a non-profit community garden whose goal is to teach people to care for the earth, themselves and each other through a variety of garden-based programs.

The Durham Inner-city Gardeners (DIG) program is a youth-driven, urban farming leadership development program. DIG empowers teens by teaching organic gardening, sound business practices, healthy food choices and food security values. The program emphasizes sustainable living and growing practices, ecological balance, and the natural recycling of organic materials for plant health and nourishment. DIG youth are paid a stipend to cultivate fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and mushrooms, which they then sell at the Durham Farmer's Market.
Today's beautiful local weather should definitely encourage some good applications for this position - plus, just think about all the amazing things you'd learn about in this position. I've never heard of this before seeing this posting come across the Chix email list, but now I'd love to volunteer sometime.

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