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School Garden (Fruit & Vegetable) Attendant

Date Posted: Jul 1, 2020

Job Description

Job Title

  

Position Title:  School Garden (Fruit & Vegetable) Attendant

Location:  Legacy Academy and Drew Farms

Salary: $12.18/hr., 20 Hours per week (Seasonal, July - October)

Reports to: School Garden Manager

Bargaining Unit: AFSCME

Benefits Eligibility: N/A

 

In accordance with the Agreement between American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Board of Education of the School District of the City of Detroit, the following vacancy is announced.

 

Position Summary:

The Detroit School Garden Collaborative is an agricultural project supported by the Detroit Public School’s Office of School Nutrition, (OSN).  The program brings together the OSN and DPS’ Department of Science along with multiple community partners to increase access to healthy fruits and vegetables to the children of the City of Detroit.  The OSN is seeking a Garden Attendant who will be responsible for the maintenance of the Detroit School Garden Collaborative gardens. This is a seasonal position.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Candidate must have a total of 2+ years’ experience working with vegetable gardens and school aged youth in an educational environment. Other garden experience and work with school age youth will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Experience working with students and/or volunteers and diverse communities.
  • Interest and familiarity with issues relating to local food, food access, sustainable agriculture, and a genuine appreciation of the urban environment
  • Must be able to stand, walk, bend, stoop, kneel, reach, or squat frequently outdoors in all conditions (hot, cold, high humidity, rain, sleet, snow, etc.)  Frequent exposure to dust and dirt.  Exposure to noise, pesticide and herbicides
  • Comfortable doing manual labor and ability to lift 50lbs required.
  • Skill in developing positive interpersonal relationships, successful work relationships in dealing with supervisory personnel, sensitivity to students and community needs.

 

Essential Functions:

  1. Ensure student-planted fruit and vegetable gardens survive and thrive during the school year and throughout the summer.
  2. Support the school garden team to design, build, and plant fruit and vegetable gardens.
  3. Work closely with the school and community stakeholders.
  4. Maintain gardens with the assistance of students, parents, and volunteers, including planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting as required.
  5. Manage all garden-related infrastructure and equipment, including garden beds, pathways, watering devices, and gardening tools.
  6. Assist school garden teacher with the implementation of gardening and nutrition education-focused lesson plans and activities that expose and familiarize students with Farm to School menu offerings.
  7. Provide technical assistance to teachers wishing to utilize school gardens as outdoor classroom and with their own curriculum.
  8. Assist with garden development at district schools, including the distribution of garden resources, garden design and planning, and volunteer workdays.
  9. Assist with data management of program records and documents.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor

 

Security Clearance: 

Internal Applicants 

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check. 

 

External Applicants 

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.  

 

Method of Application: 

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.  

 

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.  

 

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897. 

 

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or detroitk12.org/compliance. 

 

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