The Chicago Lights Urban Farm is hiring a part-time, seasonal Program Assistant. The position will focus on assisting the Associate Director with an urban farm based high school job training program called Chi-Lights Farm Corps. This role will consist of working with crews of high school age youth engaged in farm-related tasks, program set-up and breakdown, leading teens in activities, co-teaching workshops that engage teens in agricultural topics and social justice-related topics. It will also offer hands-on experience in farm and marketing skills through engaging with Farm microenterprises, and education practices. Aside from direct program time with the youth program, the position will assist in curriculum development, program recruitment and community events and some production tasks when youth programming is not in session. The position is an integral part of the Farm, as he/she will be working alongside staff, child and youth program participants, and volunteers. They will need to be comfortable working with people of all ages and need to be flexible and able to work in a dynamic, outdoor, and changing environment.
Chicago Lights Urban Farm is dedicated to cultivating a thoughtful and engaged community of youth and adults through educational and economic opportunities, hands-on learning experiences, and access to fresh, local, and sustainably grown produce.
The Program Assistant will work with the Associate Director and other staff to:
Act as co-instructor and crew leader for the high school program, when in session
Help plan curriculum and recruit for the high school program
Help lead activities and teach workshops for youth both independently and as a co-teacher
Act as lead instructor, if Associate Director is not present
Assist with production/farm work tasks when program is not in session
Participate in community outreach activities and work with volunteers
Other duties as assigned or needed
Demonstrated experience with high school age youth education and interest in youth development models
Experience with gardening/urban farming principles and practices
Commitment to social justice values and engaging youth on these topics
Must pass a criminal background check
Strong communication skills
Flexible availability, including afternoon/evenings and most Saturdays from April-November
Valid Driver’s License (or ability/willingness to obtain) and good driving record
Ability to lift 40lbs and physical and mental stamina to stand for long periods of time, lift objects and work in all weather conditions.
Able to shift gears quickly and efficiently
Comfortable operating as member of a team
Comfort and willingness to work in a multi-cultural and faith-based environment
Additional Salary Information: Part-time, Seasonal position, exact days/hours may change.
Employment dates are mid-March through early December.
Employee also receives 1 full share of vegetables (during employment dates and when available).
Salary commensurate with experience.
About Fourth Presbyterian Church - Chicago Lights
At Fourth Presbyterian Church, we believe that through mission outreach, we can serve our brothers and sisters in need, sharing in their struggles and hopes and working together for a world of compassion, peace, and justice. Mission is essential to what it means to be church. As followers of Christ we are called to love our neighbors in ways that proclaim the good news of the gospel. Fourth Presbyterian Church has claimed the call to reach out in many meaningful ways. Our outreach efforts include bringing hope and relieving suffering through compassionate service, building partnerships with people in other countries, advocating for justice and peace, and sharing God’s unconditional love for all persons. As we give we also receive and are blessed by neighbors in our city and around the world.