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Food Access Assistant

HOURS: Hours to be determined upon hiring

Remote position, but must live in Massachusetts or neighboring state. Some travel within Massachusetts required.  THe majority of the work will be conducted in Springfield, MA with some travel within Western Massachusetts and some field trips to Boston or Worescter.  The prefered candidate will be community member from the Springfield area, in particular from Mason Square, The Northend or Indian Orchard.

Application deadline: December 30th, 2021, with start date in early January

Opportunity:

NOFA/Mass seeks a team member that will work closely with the Food Access Director to assist with the training  of youth agricultural scientists at the Tapley Community Garden, the Franklin Street (Bioremediaton/experimental) site, and the Open Pantry Community garden.  There will be opportunities for learning intensive seedling production, advanced soil health study and organic growing techniques.  The Food Access Assistant will work directly with the Department Director to implement summer intensive sessions with the youth at Home City Housing, work with the Biorememdiation Coordinator/Instructor to deliver sessions at the Bioremediation sites and assist with the garden at Open Pantry.

Our Food Access program strives to assist communities of color struggling with structural racism; health disparities, few or poorly functioning supermarkets, and poverty. Together we work to grow healthy food through organic growing education, support for community gardens and partnering with local organizations to use urban gardening to increase food access.

Responsibilities

  • Work with the youth leaders/agricultural scientists at Tapley Garden to assist with delivery of content, conducting demonstrations, and assist with field trips
  • Assist with delivering content for the Youth Program at Home City Housing
  • Assist with the maintenance and food giveaway for the Open Pantry Community Garden
  • Assist with cooking and food preservation demonstrations at Home City Housing and Open Pantry
  • Assist with smaller soil health projects in Food Access

Qualifications

The successful candidate will offer: 

  • A strong commitment to working with youth of color in all of the major urban centers and rural areas of Massachusetts
  • Enjoy doing hands-on demonstrations as it relates to microscopy, soil testing/sampling, organic growing and food preservation.
  • Excitement for learning

Ideal candidate may also have:

  • Experience in working with high school and middle school youth
  • Experience working in local school systems
  • Experience with gardening

Other position information:

  • The majority of this position takes place in Springfield, MA. Knowledge of the neighborhoods and the local community is important. Some travel outside of the Springfield area may take place during the year.
  • Specific hours will be arranged with the Food Access Director
  • This is a grant funded position that runs from January 2022 through December 2024.

Compensation:

$16-$21/hour based on experience. No health insurance available at this time.  The weekly workload will be 6-7 hours per week.  

About NOFA/Mass:

NOFA/Mass is the Massachusetts state chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association.  

NOFA/Mass is a non-profit organization with 1100 members, focusing on education and advocacy around organic agriculture in Massachusetts.  Our members include farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, consumers, land care professionals, and food activists.

NOFA/Mass staff are allowed and encouraged to exercise self-motivation and in large part to be their own boss.

Our Mission:

Through education and advocacy NOFA/Mass promotes organic agriculture to expand the production and availability of nutritious food from living soil for the health of individuals, communities and the planet.

Our Vision:

NOFA/Mass envisions a commonwealth of people working together to create healthy landscapes that feed our communities and restore our environment.

How to apply:

Please complete a job application form here. The application will require you to upload a resume, cover letter and three references as attachments. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

NOFA/Mass encourages candidates from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to apply. Please familiarize yourself with our Racial Equity Statement before applying.

All staff members are required to be active members of NOFA/Mass.  Become a member here.

Contact Anna Gilbert-Muhammad, NOFA/Mass Food Access Director, with questions about this position at anna@nofamass.org.

NOFA/Mass is an equal opportunity employer who does do not discriminate in employment and contracting practices based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability.

Learn more about us:

NOFA/Mass newsletter:

https://www.nofamass.org/newsletter/

Job Openings:

https://www.nofamass.org/jobs/

Meet our current staff and board:

https://www.nofamass.org/staff-and-board/

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