Want a job that can meet you where you’re at? Have you graduated high school or passed your GED within the past few years? Looking for an environment that works with ALL of you and cares about developing your long-term career goals? Kinship Community Food Center is recruiting a full-time farm apprentice to be part of our team! Paid training and experience in Urban Agriculture and Farming is available for the right candidate who is looking to pursue a career in related fields.
The Kinship Urban Farm is a 27,000 square foot high tunnel vegetable farm located at Maglio Companies in Glendale. The Urban Farm Scholar Apprentice, a newly created position, will participate in and learn about daily operations and farm activities, farming concepts and skills from seed to fruit, assessing and addressing infrastructure needs, updating site facilities, and making improvements to promote the sustainability and efficiency of the urban farm.
Kinship Community Food Center engages volunteers and neighborhood residents to end hunger, isolation, and poverty. Kinship works to 1) nourish food security and wellness, 2) foster belonging and community engagement and 3) create stability & economic opportunity for thousands of residents on Milwaukee’s northside. Our fresh food market, urban farm, and collaborative meals expand food access while teaching healthful habits and skills in a community of belonging where crisis assistance and mentoring is made available. Offering a healing focused workforce program for individuals who currently shop and/or volunteer at our center and/or are receiving crisis and mentoring assistance is a critical step toward our goal of creating stability and economic opportunity for those we have the privilege to accompany.
- Assist in and learn about management and operations of the urban farm, the native prairie, composting, raised garden beds, and lawn and miscellaneous site care
- Assist in and learn about farm facilities and infrastructure such as hoop houses, irrigation systems, and farming tools and equipment
- Assist in and learn about seeding and transplanting various crops throughout the growing season
- Position is 30-40 hours per week
- Receptiveness to overall servant leader model and mission of Kinship
- Tuesday – Saturday work week, including occasional evenings
- Highly motivated & self-directed with a positive attitude
- Interest in urban agriculture
- Demonstrated organizational, collaborative, interpersonal, and written & verbal communication skills
- Microsoft Office experience (preferred), willing to train.
- Openness to work within a Christian/Catholic faith-based environment based on social justice principles
- Willingness to learn and try new things
And We Offer You
A competitive $15/hour wage, a full-time benefits package, and an enthusiastic team of dedicated staff and volunteers.
Work Location: Outside at the urban farm and occasionally inside in an open office workspace with an active team atmosphere.
Physical Requirements: Endurance to work outdoors throughout the seasons; ability to lift 70 pounds; work properly and safely with conventional power tools and equipment. Standing and sitting for prolonged periods. Typing on a computer keyboard.
Equipment Used: Chainsaw, weed whip/ string trimmer, brush & lawn mower, power tiller and other gardening tools; computer, printer/copier; utility vehicle.
Here is what some Team Members have to say about the Kinship Community Food Center workplace culture:
“I always feel supported, like I have a purpose, and that my coworkers truly care about me.”
“The sense of family and willingness to accept each other as they make themselves vulnerable leads to a culture that fosters the risk required for growth and achieving our personal as well as organizational potential.”
“The community of shoppers, volunteers, staff, donors, etc., and the culture of generosity here has made this a great place to work. I love that we are so mission driven. As a whole, the community here really cares about the dignity of one another, and we strive to uplift that through our program offerings (offering fresh, farm produce, assisting others in mentoring relationships, offering trainings on poverty and hunger, and so much more).”
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.