We have a variety of positions available throughout the year, especially during early fall and early spring. For example, nearly every fall we generally seek applicants to fill positions for Urban Farmer Assistants and Education Assistant while each spring we seek applicants to fill positions for Urban Farmer Assistants, BCLC Crew Leaders, and our Summer Interns. We’re also happy to accommodate unpaid internships year-round. See below for open positions, but check back often for updates!
Little Gunpowder Farm Assistant Farmer – 1700 Hour AmeriCorps Term
Position Start Date:
On or around March 18, 2019
Position End Date:
On or around December 18, 2019
Organization and Program Description:
Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. Civic Works goals are to build brighter futures through education and job training, grow healthy hood and green communities, and create safe and affordable housing.
Little Gunpowder Farm (LGF) strives toward a just and sustainable food system by improving neighborhood access to healthy food, providing experience-based education, and developing an economically viable, environmentally responsible local agriculture sector. Little Gunpowder Farm serves residents of the Baltimore area by providing high-quality vegetables at an affordable price, while prioritizing environmental stewardship of the land.
The Assistant Farmer will serve with the Farm Manager on all projects related to field and greenhouse production to raise vegetables, herbs, flowers for markets, including the Community Supported Agriculture program, potential farmers markets, restaurants, and Real Food Farm’s Mobile Farmers Market. The Assistant Farmer will participate in training activities throughout their term in order to improve their skills and understanding of sustainable farming practices. The Assistant Farmer position requires 40 hours per week during the length of their term.
Member Service Activities:
Specific responsibilities include: assisting in the harvesting and washing of produce; field preparation, planting, irrigation, weeding, cultivation, pest management, and all other tasks related to growing vegetables; assisting and/or managing farmers market stands (proceeds are used for continued food production); delivering produce to food hub and other markets; helping maintain farm equipment and irrigation system.
Candidates must bring a good attitude, an open mind, and willingness to learn and assist with:
- Managing youth and adult volunteers;
- Participating in community outreach activities;
- Leading independent projects on the farm;
- Practicing good organizational skills and work site maintenance;
- Actively participating in team meetings;
- Teaching other team members new skills and sharing your knowledge.
Desired Skills and Education:
- One year organic vegetable production experience is desired.
- Minimum age requirement is age 17.
- A high school diploma or GED is required. If an individual does not has not completed one of these, they must commit to actively work towards obtaining a diploma/GED.
- Must be and remain drug free during the term.
- Be able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly
- Be willing and able to serve outside in all weather: rain, heat, wind, and cold.
- Be willing to learn, teach, and share with your co-workers and community.
- Valid driver’s license and clean driving record is required.
- Strong interest/experience in food systems, farming, nutrition, public health, and/or the environment is a plus.
Terms of Service:
This position requires 40 hours a week throughout the term in order to complete the 1700 AmeriCorps term of service between March 2019 and December 2019. Required late evening and Saturday events will cause the weekly schedule to shift.
This position is a 1700 hour AmeriCorps service term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and an education award upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. Assistants will be strongly encouraged to attend regional farming workshops and events. Additionally, team members are welcome to take extra produce throughout the season.
In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.
How to Apply:
- First, send a cover letter and resume, or a completed application, to email@example.com with “Assistant Farmer” in the subject line. Paper applications can be sent to Civic Works 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213.
- Then, apply for the position through AmeriCorps by visiting myamericorps.gov to login or create a my AmeriCorps account and search listings for “Little Gunpowder Farm.”
Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. The start date for this position is expected to be on or around March 18, 2019.