Youth Farm and Volunteer Coordinator

Website Hilltop Urban Farm

Growing Food, Growing Farmers, Growing Community

Organization Overview

Hilltop Urban Farm (HUF) is a non-profit organization located in Pittsburgh’s Hilltop community. HUF is dedicated to providing nutritious locally grown crops to individuals/ families in its neighboring food-desert communities, providing agriculture-based education, generating entrepreneurial opportunities, and becoming a strong asset for the Hilltop. HUF is the largest urban farm in the Pittsburgh region and is one of the largest urban farms in the country. HUF’s first responsibility is to serve and directly benefit the surrounding Hilltop communities. Given the farm’s size, scope and potential, the organization is dedicated to earning recognition as an important resource and model for urban farms across the country.

Position Overview

HUF is seeking a positive, reliable, and dedicated individual who can work independently but also appreciates the value of working as part of a team. The ideal candidate will have the ability to efficiently pivot between diverse responsibilities. This is an opportunity for an individual with a strong background in farming/gardening and a track record of working with youth/serving as a mentor, to join a committed and enthusiastic team to help the organization move toward reaching its incredible potential. As the third member of the HUF staff, this position is crucial to the advancement of organizational goals. The Youth Farm and Volunteer Coordinator will report directly to the Director of Farm Programs.

At times, there will be projects not necessarily directly related to Youth Farm Programming and/or volunteer events that require focused attention from all staff. In these instances, the Director of Farm Programs/Executive Director will coordinate with the Youth Farm and Volunteer Coordinator to assure work responsibilities are responsibly addressed in a timely manner.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain positive professional working relationships with a host of community stakeholders and partners, especially those engaged in Youth Farm programming and in the planning of volunteer events.
  • Plan, develop, amend, lead, track results and evaluate a variety of youth programming activities to include, but not limited to, afterschool programs, summer camps and engagement with school families and partners.
  • Lead role in organizing, preparing, and conducting volunteer events which can range from working with individuals interested in a higher-level, longer-term volunteer relationship to hosting one day events of over 100 individuals.
  • Develop structure for a formal volunteer program of focused, regularly scheduled field work/community outreach/farm ambassador opportunities in support of common farm goals.
  • Assist with planting, maintenance, harvest, and distribution of produce from the Community Farm.
  • Assist with routine maintenance across the farm (i.e., mowing, weed-trimming, equipment maintenance, and repair, etc.)
  • Assist with maintenance of fruit and nut tree orchard (over 250 trees).
  • Represent the organization on committees of partner/allied organizations as assigned.
  • Assist with aspects of grant-writing and reporting, developing project budgets, marketing, fundraising, research, and planning for further development and build-out of the farm.
  • Assist with social media/website updates and general administrative tasks.

Competencies and Attributes

  • Flexible and adaptable to changing needs and conditions.
  • Ability to build strong, genuine professional relationships with a diverse set of individuals.
  • Dependable. Consistent use of good judgment.
  • Determined, focused, and strong team player.
  • Ability to work independently with attention to detail.
  • Capacity to anticipate and head off predictable problems in operations and programming.
  • Natural interest and curiosity in youth programming, sustainable agriculture, food/social justice, and food security.

(Desired) Qualifications

  • Strong youth development or education background preferred.
  • Experience in farming, gardening.
  • Experience developing, delivering, tracking, and evaluating projects/programs.
  • College or trade school degree in a related field.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds and put in full days of physically demanding fieldwork.
  • Valid driver’s license and consistent access to reliable transportation.

Compensation Overview

The Youth Farm and Volunteer Coordinator position comes with a starting salary of $40,000-$45,000/year based on qualifications and experience. During the first two years of employment, the organization offers thirteen paid holidays and fifteen (PTO) days per year. HUF offers an annual $2,500 stipend for health care and an option to participate in a retirement plan with an employer contribution. This is a salaried position with flexibility in scheduled hours depending on the needs of the organization. Some evening and weekend work is required.

HUF is an Equal Opportunity Employer

HUF is an EOE employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. HUF follows Pennsylvania’s at-will employment policy. People of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must pass criminal and child-abuse background checks as a condition of employment. Applicants must provide references upon request.

Application Process/Requirements

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to: John Bixler, Executive Director by email (john@hilltopurbanfarm.org). Please list “Youth Farm and Volunteer Coordinator” in the subject line.

The anticipated/desired start date is between March 1-April 1, 2022.

The application process will remain open until the position is filled.

No phone calls, please.

Office Location: 831 East Warrington Avenue, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15210 (when not working at the farm, primarily working from home during the pandemic).

Farm location: 700 Cresswell Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15210

To apply for this job email your details to john@hilltopurbanfarm.org