The crew leader should have high energy for, and interest in, working with post-release participants preparing to enter the workforce, as well as a commitment to teamwork. The ideal candidate for this position will be well-versed in helping others develop job skills and comfortable using organic farming techniques as the vehicle. The crew leader must be able to demonstrate the ability to excite others about the work we are doing, and able to work as part of a team to foster respect for the earth and the communities we serve.
In this role, you will be responsible for the following:
- Supervise and oversee a schedule of activities for six post-release participants.
- Safely transport crew from Arturo Velasquez Institute to Northbrook in company vehicle.
- Lead crew on developing basic employability skills such as communication, timeliness, reliabililty, teamwork, and appropriate workplace behavior.
- Implement a three-season crop plan designed for Women, Infants, and Children market boxes and donation.
- Manage overall production and maintenance of a sustainable vegetable corporate garden.
- Guide and work with crew on farm tasks such as: seeding, weeding, bed prep, irrigation, thinning, transplanting, harvesting, processing, and packing and delivering produce.
- Work with volunteers from office weekly, engaging them in farm work with the crew.
- Manage site-related tasks including tool and machinery use, inventory and maintenance, deliveries, and general security during operating hours.
- Enforce Windy City Harvest standards through weekly feedback sessions. This will require daily logging of performance clearly noted for feedback sessions.
- Conduct weekly informative job development and environmental literacy workshops in collaboration with job corps coordinator, and lead safety discussions with participants.
- Provide general support for job development and job search activities.
- Maintain a safe and secure work site.
- Follow a set budget, track purchases, and report site progress and needs.
- Communicate effectively through reports and other means with corporate partner personnel on equipment storage needs and other site management needs.
- Act as a resource on program information for project partners, community members, Garden staff, and the media, as required.
Our ideal candidate will have the following:
- Experience working with and empowering youth transitioning into the workforce.
- Demonstrated leadership experience in the workplace.
- Experience giving constructive verbal and written feedback to participants.
- Experience working on an organic vegetable production farm.
- Experience maintaining a display garden.
- Experience maintaining edible planters.
- Experience maintaining fruit trees and brambles.
- Ability to problem solve while working with team and crew.
- Be dependable and responsible.
- Be comfortable filling out daily Windy City Harvest logs for reports.
- Be able to work in all weather conditions.
- Be able to lift 50 pounds.
- A valid driver's license.
Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: we cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.