Battery Urban Farm Apprentice The Battery Conservancy
- Date Posted February 22, 2017
- Location New York, NY
- Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
- Job type Educational program
The Battery Conservancy was created in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not–for–profit educational corporation to rebuild and revitalize The Battery, the 25-acre public park at the southern tip of Manhattan, and its major landmark, Castle Clinton National Monument. The Conservancy spearheads this dramatic transformation in partnership with City, State, and Federal governments and with individuals, corporations, and foundations in the private sector. With much of the physical transformation of the park accomplished, The Battery Conservancy works daily to operate and maintain this unique asset, in partnership with The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.100% of The Battery Conservancy’s annual budget is generated by gifts from the private sector.
The Conservancy honors and preserves The Battery’s heritage by rebuilding the park with sustainable design and practices while respecting and interpreting the park’s rich past. The landscape design protects the natural environment while meeting the needs of a growing residential population, crowds of bustling commuters, and the millions of the world’s visitors who come to see the Statue of Liberty and experience New York Harbor.
To date, the Conservancy and its partners have ensured that 98 million dollars in public funds be invested in the park’s revitalization and transformation. This public investment is leveraged by 48 million dollars raised by the Conservancy for additional physical upgrades, design, and ongoing operation, maintenance, and programming.Job description
The Battery is at the forefront of sustainable urban park planning and organic horticulture. Battery Urban Farm, started in 2011 and located at the southern tip of Manhattan, is the first farm in downtown Manhattan since the Dutch planted theirs in 1625. The farm program engages elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as local community groups and individuals, in a hands-on experience of organic farming. BUF produce is donated to schools that participate in farm programming. Battery Urban Farm includes a vegetable farm, forest farm, 4 oyster gardens, and an extensive composting program.
The Battery Conservancy is seeking individuals with education and farming experience to join the Battery Urban Farm team as Farm Education Apprentices. Applicants should be interested in farming, alternative forms of education, and be comfortable working outdoors and with students of various ages. Farm Education Apprentices will gain valuable experience in the field of farm-based education and urban farming through an intensive curriculum which includes learning to teach independently, weekly take-home activities with group discussions, and designing lessons and crop plans.
Schedule: March 27 through October 27
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
- Three (3) Saturdays or Sundays during the apprenticeship period (to be assigned individually)
- Working with TBC staff to set up and staff our three (3) major annual events
Lead lessons, tours, hands-on activities, and other programming for visiting classes and families
Participate in all aspects of farm maintenance: planning, planting, harvesting, weed control, irrigation, fencing, farm-structure construction, and compost management
Organize and oversee farm volunteers during the week and on occasional evenings and weekends, as needed
Assist in developing creative lesson plans and material for all classes
Participate in Apprentice curriculum including weekly readings, discussion, and off-site tours
Serve as an ambassador for the farm, answer questions and explain the project to the public
Assist in other tasks, such as staffing events, for The Battery Conservancy
Schedule as detailed above
Some college, teaching and/or farming experience
Creativity and initiative with strong communication and organizational skills
A passion for urban farming and farm-based educationApplication instructions