Urban Agriculture Education Assistant

Location of Service: Beardsley Community Farm – 1741 Reynolds Street, Knoxville, TN 37921

About Beardsley Farm:

CAC Beardsley Community Farm is an urban educational farm that promotes food security and sustainable agriculture. Beardsley’s goal is to increase food security in Knoxville through produce donations, accessible education, and land and resources for gardening. Beardsley Farm grows over 10,000 pounds of produce on about four-acres of productive land with the help of over 2,000 annual volunteers. 

Position Summary:
  • Support the Education Manager with on-site educational programming including field trips, summer camp, the high school apprenticeship program, and garden and food workshops
  • Aid off-site education and outreach to organizations, schools, and community centers
  • Assist Farm Manager in maintaining vegetable crops and fruit production (planting, weeding, harvesting, irrigation, crop rotation, maintaining soil health, disease/pest management)
  • Lead volunteers in farm tasks
  • Help with food distribution programs
  • Work and connect with community partners
  • Help with community gardens throughout Knox County (tilling, cover crops, mowing, and weed eating)
  • Tend to the flock of hens
  • Keep an attractive landscape at the farm
  • Plan and promote community and fundraising events
  • Foster a safe and enjoyable place for diverse community members at the farm 

The member(s) in this position will have the opportunity to gain the following skills/credentials:

  • Organizing and facilitating garden-based education for all ages
  • Assisting in a season of farming on an organic practicing community farm
  • Leading volunteers
  • Nurturing community partnerships
  • Public speaking
  • Event planning and promotion
Site Preferences/Qualifications:
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Involvement with instructing various age groups
  • Experience and desire to work with kids
  • Strong interest in environmental education
  • Ability to lead groups of volunteers
  • Must enjoy and be capable of working outdoors in all weather conditions (sun, rain, heat, cold)
  • Capable of working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Solid organization and leadership skills
  • Commitment to honesty, excellence, and professionalism
  • Ability to motivate others and act as a positive influence on other’s habits and behaviors
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment with many weekly scheduled events such as community work days, field trips, fundraisers, and workshops
  • Enthusiasm for learning and engaging with new communities
  • Ability to adapt in an ever-changing work environment
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds, team lift 100 pounds

Equity and Inclusion: The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will take action to ensure that members and employees are treated equally without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, romantic/sexual orientation, age, handicap, cultural or religious convictions.  CAC AmeriCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees.  Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the recruitment / employment process.