Hiring: Assistant Summer Farm Crew Leader – Roots Rising

Assistant Summer Farm Crew Leader Job Description

Job Summary: The Assistant Summer Farm Crew Leader will assist the Crew Leader and Co-Directors in leading a Crew of twelve teenagers and guiding them through the Summer Farm Crew job experience.

Organization Overview: Roots Rising is an award-winning, women-led organization whose mission is to empower youth and build community through food and farming.

​​Our vision is to lift up teens as community changemakers and strengthen the local food system through the transformational power of meaningful work.Roots Rising has two main initiatives: our Pittsfield Farmers Market and our Youth Crews.In our Youth Crews, we hire Pittsfield teens to work on farms, in food pantries and at our own market. It’s more than just a job. It’s an opportunity for teens to engage in meaningful work—work that needs to be done and serves a larger social good.

We believe meaningful work leaves youth feeling purposeful,capable and connected.We have three seasonal Farm Crews- Fall, Spring and Summer- and Market Crew, who recently transformed the Pittsfield Farmers Market into the first teen-run market in the region. In 2020 we will be launching Truck Crew, who will run a teen-run food truc

Dates of Employment: The Assistant Summer Farm Crew Leader will have two days of paid training, dates TBD. Summer FarmCrew runs Monday, July 6th- Friday, August 7th. Hours for the position are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to4:30pm. Daily lunch and snacks will be provided.

Job Responsibilities:
●Serve as an assistant leader of teen Summer Farm Crew members
●Oversee, motivate, and ensure the safety and well being of teens during their work periods,including being the sole adult responsible for small groups
●Serve as a model of the employment skills we seek to impart to our youth, including having astrong work ethic and excellent communication skills
●Support the interests and needs of our teen Farm Crew members, including cultivating a safe spacefor learning and growth
●Communicate with worksite hosts to determine the day’s daily tasks●Lead one educational workshop per summer based on own skills and interests
●Assist with daily facilitation of group activities, including games, check-in and feedback circles
●Participate in weekly staff meetings
●Contribute knowledge to the overall organization to advance its mission and vision
●Uphold the standards and values of the organization

●Experience and enthusiasm for working with teens, especially those from diverse backgrounds
●Experience leading groups of teens preferred
●Ability to engage in farm work for prolonged periods, including standing, bending, and kneeling;ability to carry heavy objects (up to 50lbs); ability to withstand varied weather conditions,including heat and rain
●Must have a valid driver’s license.

Compensation:The Assistant Summer Farm Crew Leader will be paid a salary of $14/hour and will not exceed 215 hours total. All required work gear will be provided. The Assistant Summer Farm Crew Leader may be asked to transport themselves and additional staff members to worksites during the day. All mileage will be reimbursed.

To apply send a resume and cover letter to

Roots Rising is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because ofrace, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin,disability or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

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