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!
Mission Thrive Summer – Crew Leader
Position Dates: June 17th to August 2nd 2019
Mission Thrive Summer (MTS) is Baltimore based non-profit The Institute for Integrative Health’s five week summer work, earn, and learn program for Baltimore City public high school students. Teens practice team work, healthy habits, and job skills while working on Civic Works’ Real Food Farm (an eight acre sustainable urban farm). Activities include daily cooking of healthy dishes with farm produce, learning yoga and basic fitness routines, professional development and planning and facilitating events, including a health expo for the community.
We are seeking 4 vibrant, dedicated Crew Leaders with a strong interest in community health and youth development to assist with creating a transformative experience for our participants. We hold high expectations for our teen participants and expect our Crew Leaders to be strong role models and mentors that promote healthy living and positive work ethic. While our program focuses on nutrition, cooking skills, agriculture, and mindfulness, we do not require that Crew Leaders are experts in all realms, only that candidates are open to learning and engaging along with the participants.
- Attend an 80-hour Crew Leader Training 2 weeks prior to the start of the program.
- Lead a small crew of teen participants throughout the five week program, directing and assisting participants with farming tasks, including planting, weeding, and harvesting.
- Direct and assist participants with cooking tasks, including healthy meal preparation and clean up.
- Lead and participate in mini-lessons about the food system, nutrition, food justice, resume writing, interviewing skills, and life skills.
- Lead and enthusiastically participate in team building games with participants.
- Assist participants with planning end-of summer external events.
- Assist staff with upholding community standards and provide input on participant evaluations.
- Participate in weekly city-wide field trips with the entire group.
During all activities, including group activities and fieldwork, Crew Leaders are responsible for the safety and well-being of the crew. Training in First Aid and restorative practices will be provided.
- High school diploma is required
- Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills
- Experience working with teenagers, formally or informally
- Ability to serve independently and collaboratively
- Ability to serve outside performing physical labor in summer heat
- Interest in leading and inspiring motivation among a group of teens
- Be dependable, organized, flexible, and have a sense of humor
- Be an excellent role model for community behavior and job performance standards
- A strong interest or working towards an education, environmental/social/health science, nutrition, or culinary degree are preferred
Sample Day (Mon – Thurs)*
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM – 8:50 AM Announcements and Morning Activity
8:50 AM – 9:00 AM Moving to Stations
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Farming / Nutrition
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch
12:00 PM – 12:10 PM Transition and Preparation
12:10 PM – 1:15 PM Thrive Lab
1:15 PM – 1:50 PM Crew Rotations (Mindfulness, Straight Talk, Reflections, Clean Up)
1:50 PM – 2:00 PM Hawkeye, Shout outs, Announcements
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Wrap Up Meeting (Crew Leaders only)
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Planning with Crew Leaders – depart
*Fridays are Field Trip Days
To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with a subject heading of “Crew Leader Application 2019”. All applications must address one of the following prompts in cover letter:
- Describe a specific experience you have had as a role model or how you were a positive influence in someone’s life.
- Describe the role of food, nutrition, fitness/yoga, mindfulness and/or health in your life.
- Describe how being a Mission Thrive Crew Leader fits in to your long term career goals.
Submission deadline is Friday March 22nd, 2019. Interviews will begin in April.
Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps – Crew Leader
Position Dates: July 1st to August 2nd 2019 (mandatory training: June 17th – June 28th 2019)
Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service and hosts Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps (BCLC), a five-week summer program that provides Baltimore City high school students the opportunity to develop job skills, remain physically active, and learn more about the environment through a variety of conservation projects. BCLC members work throughout the city doing trail maintenance on hiking trails in city parks, turning vacant lots into green spaces, and learning about farming at Real Food Farm.
Alongside the Civic Works’ Real Food Farm Education Coordinator, Crew Leaders will lead, educate, and inspire high school students enrolled in Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps (BCLC). Crew leaders will lead a group of 6 students on projects that include trail maintenance, farming, or revitalizing vacant lots, while also helping foster job readiness skills.
- Supervise crew members, facilitate worksite projects, and manage crew workers schedule
- Train and supervise crew members in the safe and proper use of tools
- Assist with tool and equipment logistics and maintenance
- Plan for and carry out daily site tasks for crew members and coordinate with other partners
- Manage administrative duties such time sheets, surveys, and pre/post program paperwork
- Manage a budget and necessary purchasing for crew and projects
- Provide an emotionally and physically safe environment for crew
- Communicate with full time Civic Works ﬁeld staff and AmeriCorps members as needed
- Be a minimum of 21 years of age
- A high school diploma or GED is required
- Driver’s License with a clean driving record is required
- Familiarity with Baltimore City
- Must be and remain drug free throughout employment
- Experience working with, and among, diverse youth (ages 14-18)
- General knowledge, interest, and experience in environmental education, conservation, trail construction and maintenance, farming, carpentry, or related skills
- Ability to perform manual/physical labor for up to 6 hours per day while working outdoors, and must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
- Dependable, self-motivated, and organized
To Apply: Please send your cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Jackie Goulet at firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject heading of “BCLC Crew Leader Application 2019.”
Civic Works is an equal opportunity employer; LGBT, women, and people of color are encouraged to apply. Civic Works also encourages AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and national service alumni to apply for this position. Civic Works works to ensure that the commitment to advancing equity is reflected in our workplace practices, program design, and outcomes evaluation.
Summer Programs Assistant – 900 Hour AmeriCorps Term
Position Start Date:
March 18, 2019
Position End Date:
August 30, 2019
Alongside the Civic Works’ Real Food Farm Education Coordinator, the Summer Programs Assistant will plan and facilitate educational programming at Civic Works, specifically for the summer youth jobs programs, Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps (BCLC) and Mission Thrive Summer (MTS). In addition, the Summer Programs Assistant will assist with farm education programs, including youth and adult field trips to Real Food Farm, help maintain educational growing spaces on the farm, and record data about lessons and participants. We’re looking for an educator who is great at both serving alongside youth (especially teens) and knowledgeable about conservation, environmental science, cooking, nutrition, or farming.
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.
Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps (BCLC) is a five-week summer leadership program that provides Baltimore City high school students the opportunity to develop job skills, remain physically active, and learn more about the environment through a variety of conservation projects. BCLC members work throughout the city to improve our parks, gardens and green spaces. Some crews work on hiking trails in city parks, repairing erosion damage while others help beautify green spaces or take part in farming. All crews do their part to remove litter from Baltimore’s green spaces and waterways. Once a week, all BCLC members gather together for an education day with topics ranging from stream ecology to financial literacy.
Mission Thrive Summer is a five-week health and wellness summer program for Baltimore City high school students that focuses on nutrition, cooking skills, agriculture, fitness and mindfulness. Students participate in the kitchen and on the farm daily while also engaging in leadership activities and gaining job readiness skills.
Member Service Activities:
- Assist with facilitating BCLC, a summer youth program focused on conservation and environmental education.
- Assist with facilitating MTS, a summer youth program focused on mental and physical health and wellness, cooking, and farming.
- Facilitate field trips and service learning events for groups visiting Real Food Farm, along with education program team members.
- Facilitate high school and/or middle school educational programming, potentially after school and on Saturdays, along with education program team members.
- Maintain educational growing spaces on Real Food Farm, along with education program team members.
- Assist Education Coordinator with strategic planning for education programming.
- Contribute to the documentation, evaluation, and adaptation of current education programming.
- Help with preparation and cleanup of classroom spaces, work sites, and supply areas before and after each program.
Desired Skills and Education:
- A high school diploma or GED is required.
- Experience in youth education, outdoor education, or a related field.
- General knowledge, interest, and experience in conservation, trail construction and maintenance, environmental education, and and youth development.
- Experience forming positive relationships with and among diverse youth.
- Understanding of racial equity and how injustice plays a role in our current education system, food system, and access to green space.
- Dependable, self-motivated, and organized.
- Strong verbal communication skills – both interpersonal and presentation skills.
- Ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
- Driver’s License with a clean driving record is required
- Familiarity with Baltimore City.
- Must be and remain drug free during the term.
Terms of Service:
This position is a 900 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. 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 completedapplication, to email@example.com with “Summer Programs Assistant” in the subject line. Paper applications can be sent to Farm Education Team, Real Food Farm, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213.
- Then, visit americorps.gov to login and/or create a myAmeriCorps account. Search the listings for “Real Food Farm.” Complete and submit an application to the listing as well.