Washington Academy – Farm and Garden – Youth Coordinator

Position Summary

Position details

Start Date: 09/06/2024
End Date: 08/07/2025
Term Date: 09/06/2024 - 08/07/2025 - Note: start and end dates flexible. Full and part time opportunities may be available.
Location: East Machias, ME

Do you love gardening and want to make a positive impact on students and the community? Join us in beautiful East Machias as our School Garden Youth Program Coordinator! The Washington Academy campus garden currently donates over 1,000 pounds of fresh produce to a local food pantry each year, and we aim to double that amount with your help. You’ll work with a diverse group of over 60 residential students from more than 20 countries, including members of the Passamaquoddy tribe. Your role will help grow fruits and vegetables that remind students of home, enhancing their meals and fostering a sense of community through gardening activities.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead engaging, hands-on gardening classes where students can learn about growing their own food.
  • Receive training from a master gardener and collaborate with three experienced gardeners/science teachers.
  • Work closely with the Assistant Head of School to maintain strong partnerships with the food pantry, kitchen staff, Passamaquoddy mentors, and the science department.
  • Utilize our new greenhouse with water and power to support the garden’s growth.
  • Organize service projects and sustainability club activities, giving students plenty of opportunities to enjoy the garden.
  • Live on campus to help integrate the garden into daily student life and understand their needs better.

Daily Duties:

  • Guide students in the garden and communicate its needs to the Healthy Acadia liaison and Assistant Head of School.
  • Assist all classes that visit the garden with engaging in gardening activities.
  • Support after-school clubs that want to work in the garden.
  • Coordinate with the Healthy Acadia partner to ensure our produce is delivered to the food pantry.

Additional Perks:

  • Free room and board in exchange for being a dorm advisor, chaperoning weekend events once a month, and supervising one evening a week.
  • Be part of a vibrant community and make a real impact on students’ lives and the local community.
  • Enhance your gardening skills while making a positive difference.

Join us and help grow our garden and our community. Make a meaningful impact, one plant at a time.

Organization

Washington Academy

East Machias, ME

Public Health AmeriCorps Youth Development

Public Health AmeriCorps Youth Development members serve youth who have been impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), while building a foundation for youth development and academic engagement in Maine schools and nonprofits.