Saturday, September 26, 2009

Apprenticeship Opportunity in West Oakland

Urban Farm Apprentice Job Announcement

One Year Apprenticeship (approx Dec 2009-Dec 2010)

City Slicker Farms, a non-profit urban farming program in West Oakland, California is seeking qualified applicants for a 1 year long apprenticeship. Urban Farm Apprentices work in all areas of the program, including farming (planning, obtaining supplies, propagating, planting, harvesting, etc.), volunteer management, farm-stand sales, community outreach, event planning, technical assistance for community members, administrative work, and record-keeping.

We will welcome the talents and opinions of the apprentice in our collective decision-making process. This is a great position for motivated people who are interested in all aspects of community food security and food justice. We will tailor the apprenticeship to your learning needs as much as possible.

•At least 1 year experience in farming/gardening, with at least 6 months of on-farm job experience
•Able and willing to do hard manual labor and to lift at least 50 pounds
•Basic computer skills (Word, Excel, e-mail, etc.)
•Organizational & communication skills (record-keeping, data entry, planning, filing, managing schedules,
e-mail, etc)
•Farmer’s market sales experience preferred
•Comfortable working with a diverse group of people (age, race, gender, ethnicity, economic status)
•Driver’s License and ability to drive a standard shift truck a plus
•Outgoing and friendly with the public
•Ability to stay on task while handling multiple distractions
•Comfortable directing volunteer workers
•Attention to detail (attractive produce displays, clean tool sheds, etc.)
•Experience in community outreach and/or marketing a plus
•Ability to instruct community members in gardening techniques
•Basic construction skills preferred
•Spanish language fluency a plus

Duration & Work Schedule:
•Year Apprenticeship, Mid-November through Early December (somewhat flexible start & end dates)
•35 hours per week, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays required
•Three weeks paid vacation in December/January plus two weeks paid vacation (negotiable);

•Housing is provided within walking/biking distance to most work sites and regional public transportation.
•Board (food) stipend.
•$300 stipend per month.

If interested please find the application online!

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