The crew leader should have high energy for, and interest in, working with post-release participants, 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 with teaching others about organic farming techniques and large-scale compost maintenance. 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.
- Help participants develop basic employability skills such as communication, timeliness and reliability, teamwork, and appropriate workplace behavior.
- Work closely with farm coordinator and TJ coordinator to engage participants in work assignments.
- Guide and work with crew on related site tasks such as: collection of food scraps, yard waste, and other feedstock for compost piles.
- Manage the production, monitoring, maintenance, logging, and sifting of compost windrows.
- Manage site-related tasks including tool and machinery (Bobcat, Earth Tub) use and maintenance, deliveries, and general security during operating hours.
- Enforce Windy City Harvest standards through weekly feedback sessions. This will require detailed daily logging of performance clearly noted for feedback sessions.
- Conduct weekly informative job development workshops in collaboration with TJ coordinator and lead safety discussions with participants.
- Provide general support for job development and job search activities.
- Maintain a safe and secure work site.
- 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 organic vegetable production is essential.
- Experience working with and engaging an underserved population is crucial.
- Candidate must have leadership experience and be comfortable giving constructive verbal and written feedback to participants in order to prepare them for full-time, entry-level job positions or Windy City Harvest's nine-month certificate program.
- Candidate must be dependable, responsible, able to work independently, experienced with problem solving, and adaptable to a flexible schedule.
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.