COMMUNITY + EDUCATION COORDINATOR
We are looking for a community and education coordinator to drive the community and education programs on our urban farm in Camperdown. The successful applicant will be working with the general manager and farm manager in the day-to-day operations of the farm and the community and education engagements.
This unique opportunity to work as part of our team on an urban farm in the middle of the city includes four days (including some weekend hours, usually Saturdays, most weeks) working on the successful execution of our community and education program. Hours and days are flexible but dependent on the weekly calendar. This includes but is not limited to a focus on our school education program as well as community workshops, talks and events, community and corporate group bookings, vacation care, and children’s parties and programs.
Experience teaching children, as well as a keen interest in local food systems and the role of urban agriculture are essential. Some experience in education and/or community projects or roles is also desired. The position requires the applicant to work within a team, alongside the farm manager and with some direction from the general manager, though the role is also somewhat autonomous in its day-to-day. The successful applicant will be someone who is excited to drive the community and education program with good ideas, realistic expectations and the ability to see a project through from start to finish. The role also requires some communications with the other parties on-site, a restaurant and community spaces.
If you are passionate about local food production, seasonality, building community and education, then we’d love to have you join us on the PCF team!
The Community and Education Coordinator will report to the General Manager and the position includes:
School education program, establishment, promotion, bookings and coordination.
Community workshops and events schedules, bookings and coordination
Private community and corporate group workshops and tours program, bookings and coordination
Yoga and recreation schedules, bookings and coordination
Vacation care program, bookings and coordination
Kids parties program, bookings and coordination
Managing a free subsidised program for eligible low income and disadvantaged groups
Seasonal forward planning for the programs of the above
Updating online listings for event and recreation programs
Developing opportunities for new community and education activity and programs
Successful applicants will have:
Keen interest in local and regenerative food systems, urban agriculture and projects that help foster local community
Experience teaching children
Experience in education and/or community projects
Ability to work well both autonomously and collaboratively
Gardening, horticulture or permaculture knowledge
Experience in event coordination is beneficial
A happy, positive ‘can-do’ attitude helps too!
The job is a paid role requiring 30 hours per week, including some weekend work, with an anticipated starting date of end of April. As this work involves time working with children, a working with children check will be required.
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and your resume to Emma Bowen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications close Sunday 17th March 2019.
ABOUT POCKET CITY FARMS
Pocket City Farms (PCF) is a not-for-profit association established and run by a crew of skilled individuals, who are motivated and passionate about urban farming and sustainability. PCF are working to bring urban farms to Sydney’s unused spaces.
Local sustainable food production close to where the bulk of our population live, is integral in securing a healthy future for our communities and our planet. Our model of farming is multidimensional – whilst growing fresh, local, organic and healthy food is at the heart of what we do, we are also aiming to make a significant impact through education and community building.
We have recently opened our first farm on the previously unused bowling greens at Camperdown Bowling Club. The farm is a part of Camperdown Commons - a community revitalisation project developed by Camperdown Project Pty Ltd in collaboration with PCF.
The Camperdown farm has become a productive hub the local community can gather to learn about all things farming and food growing, buy local, organically-grown produce and take part in many workshops and events. The bowling greens have been converted into 1200m2 of market garden using organic practices to grow vegetables, herbs and salad greens. A greenhouse grows seedlings for the market garden and for sale to the public, and a 16 m compost unit has been established for composting local food waste. The farm is a community-oriented social enterprise and open to the public as a demonstrative showcase of urban farming.
Our farm is on Mallett St, Camperdown in Sydney’s Inner West. It is two minutes walk from Parramatta Rd. and a 10 minute walk from Newtown train station and King St.
We also have some great volunteer programs including our Food Forest Community Group, Compost Carers and Chicken Carer programs, as well as our weekly volunteer sessions.