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FarmWorks and Café Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing
Last updated 

Location: North Park, San Diego

Duration: 4-8 hours per week, 3 month minimum 

Times Needed: High preference for availability on Wednesdays 3-6pm, Thursdays 3-6pm, Saturdays from 9am-1pm

Job Overview/Summary:  

Under supervision of IRC’s FarmWorks Program Coordinator and Employment Coach, the FarmWorks and Café Volunteer will assist in several aspects of IRC’s Youth FarmWorks and Café, a social enterprise job training program. The program provides a paid work internship for low-income youth (ages 16-20) from the City Heights neighborhood to develop transferable job skills during the internship and, hopefully, land a permanent job immediately afterwards. The IRC operates the Youth FarmWorks urban farm and pop-up farm stand and café each week as a job platform for the youth interns to develop real-world work experience, while also generating revenue to sustain the program long-term.

Responsibilities: 

  • Assist with farm and site maintenance for an attractive and pleasant experience for visitors and customers, including but not limited to: weeding, watering, site improvements, and various other garden maintenance;
  • Assist with operations Youth FarmWorks farm stand and cafe on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings, including but not limited to harvesting and cleaning produce, beverage preparation, booth display, customer recruitment, and farm tours;
  • Working alongside youth interns in a professional, mentoring manner;
  • Other FarmWorks and/or FFP programming tasks, as needed.

Working Conditions:

  • Predominantly outdoors on an urban farm environment
  • Hands-on work in the soil and working with plants, compost and irrigation
  • Must be able to lift at least 30 pounds
  • Assisting with job readiness teaching and mentoring, youth aged 16-20 years of age

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:

  • FarmWorks Program Coordinator (primary)
  • Employment Coach (secondary)

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