Aquaponics Education Assistant

education · Lexington, Kentucky
Department education
Employment Type Part-Time
Compensation $16 per hour

Position: Aquaponics Education Assistant 

FLSA Classification: Non-exempt 

Location: Lexington, KY

Report to: Director of Education and Outreach 


General Description:

FoodChain forges links between community and fresh food. For over a decade, FoodChain has provided education and demonstration of sustainable food systems to the local Lexington Community. For more information, visit foodchainlex.org


The Aquaponics Education Assistant will work closely with FoodChain’s Director of Education to develop, manage, and lead all activities related to Bluegrass Urban Farm Friends (BUFF). The BUFF program increases the ways through which our community can grow, eat, and learn about fresh produce in new and meaningful ways: growing produce year round, learning safe processing procedures, and learning how to think ecologically about the local community and food system. Specifically, this position will provide education around aquaponics in order to increase neighborhood self-sufficiency, diversifying production and education opportunities.


Job Responsibilities

  • Work with the Director of Education and Seedleaf Educator to create curriculum and educate others about aquaponics and urban agriculture
  • Lead youth ages 8-18 and educators in lessons about aquaponics
  • Recruit, install, and work with schools and community centers to provide education for classroom aquaponics systems
  • Design and lead “teach the teacher” workshops to provide opportunities for teachers to choose their level of participation in aquaponics education
  • Work with the Director of Education, Seedleaf Educator, and additional evaluator to perform program evaluation 
  • Work with the Director of Education and Seedleaf Educator to develop, implement, and manage a youth advisory council that will be instrumental in leading workshops, directing initiatives, and assisting with the growth of the BUFF program
  • Recruit, interview, and manage middle and high school interns (two 8 week sessions per year, 10 hours per week) 
  • Provide tours of FoodChain’s indoor aquaponics farm, in collaboration with the Farm Managers, for private groups, school groups, classes, and the general public 
  • Assist volunteers and interns with educational projects as needed



Job Requirements

  • Strong Knowledge and experience working with agricultural systems (aquaponics, hydroponics, indoor, and urban growing experience preferred)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good collaborator and strong self-manager
  • Thorough, organized, reliable, and punctual
  • A professional attitude and demeanor
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a consistent, solution-oriented, problem solving focus
  • Ability to operate effectively in a demanding, public, constantly evolving team environment that requires high energy and flexibility 
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis
  • Ability to work with diverse populations; sensitive to folks with barriers to employment
  • A passion for local food and finding long term solutions to the complexity of food system issues
  • Experience working in an educational setting, especially with individuals with limited-resources and barriers to employment 
  • Maintain valid driver’s license and personal vehicle for transportation and travel to offsite locations 
  • Upon hire, background check will be required 
  • Associate Degree or experience equivalent
  • Preferred language proficiency in one of the following: Spanish, Swahili, Arabic, Nepali, Japanese, French, Mandarin, Kinyarwanda, Korean or Portuguese



Details

This position is grant funded for 3 years. It is a part-time position for 20 hours per week in year 1, increasing to 30 hours per week in years 2 and 3. The starting pay is $16 per hour. Hours are flexible and will include some weekends. Benefits include PTO (after 90 days of employment), 2 Floating Holidays, Holiday Pay, and mileage reimbursement. 


Complete Application requires Resume and Cover Letter; References upon request 

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  • Location
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Department
    education
  • Employment Type
    Part-Time
  • Compensation
    $16 per hour