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Director of Urban Agriculture & Food Initiatives

Greater Newark Conservancy seeks an innovative and enthusiastic Director of Urban Agriculture and Food Initiatives, to design and implement food-based initiatives and agricultural programming, while supervising daily operations of the Hawthorne Avenue Farm. This position reports directly to the Executive Director with responsibility for supervising the following personnel: Farm Stand Coordinator, Farm Manager, Assistant Farm Manager, and Plot-it-Fresh Coordinator. Duties also include implementation and management of the following programs and initiatives to ensure effective operation of the Conservancy’s closed-loop food system: Plot-it-Fresh Community Garden Program; Farm Stands/ Farmers Markets; Hydroponic Greenhouse; Community Garden Mini-Grants.

Job Duties include:

• Budgeting & Financial Management

• Grants Administration & Management

• Program Management & Implementation

• Relationship Building & Management


▪    5+ Years of experience in the field of Urban Agriculture/ Urban Food Systems and Community Based programming preferred.

▪    Familiarity with/ strong interest in urban food systems in the City of Newark.

▪    Strong people management, interpersonal, and supervisory skills; Must be personable.

▪    Adept at project management; Ability to translate strategy into feasible work plans.

▪    Attention to detail with ability to organize and maintain detailed records.

▪    Strong written and verbal communication.

▪    Supervisory experience; Team player.

▪    Experience managing government grants desired.

▪    Computer/ Technology skills (Google suite, Microsoft suite, Zoom, WebEx, etc.)

▪    Valid driver’s license and clean driving record required.

Compensation: $60,000-$70,000 plus benefits (Exempt)

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Education Program Coordinator

Greater Newark Conservancy seeks a dedicated and enthusiastic Education Program Coordinator with primary responsibilities for the following.

1.     Oversee Newark Youth Leadership Program (NYLP) summer internship. NYLP involves Newark high school and college students in hands-on work experiences in the fields of urban agriculture and community greening. The goal of the program is to train the next generation of leaders that will impact the environmental health of Newark and its surrounding communities. Interns work alongside full-time Conservancy staff, learning the specific skills required to improve the environmental health of the community as well as support this work long term.

2.     Support the coordination and implementation of environmental, garden-based, and nutrition education programs at our Prudential Outdoor Learning Center (OLC) and in select Newark schools.

The Education Program Coordinator has a regular schedule of 40 hours/week, with some evening and weekend hours required. This position reports to the Director of Youth and Family Education.


▪    BA/BS or relevant work experience in education, environmental studies, or related field.

▪    Commitment to racial and environmental justice.

▪    Proven leadership skills in youth development; Knowledge/experience in horticulture, urban agriculture or environmental education preferred

▪    Experience in formal and/or informal teaching preferred.

COMPENSATION: $35,000-40,000 plus benefits (Exempt)

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Environmental Education Instructor

Greater Newark Conservancy is currently seeking a per diem Environmental Education Instructor to conduct environmental education programs as part of our field trip operations. The Environmental Education Instructor will provide hands-on, interdisciplinary learning experiences for students at our Urban Environmental Center (UEC). The UEC has 10 garden galleries where environmental education programs are conducted. UEC galleries include pathways leading past flowering trees and shrubs, a sundial amphitheater, a pond with a cascading stream, and demonstration vegetable gardens.


• Lead field trip sessions at Greater Newark Conservancy’s Urban Environmental Center

• Maintain statistical records and student and teacher program evaluations

• Occasionally conduct school garden environmental education programs at local schools


The primary population consists of PreK-1st grade students, other grades possible. The Educator may also conduct programs for adults, including teachers and parents.


• BA/BS in education, environmental studies, or related field preferred

• Must be able to work outdoors in cold or warm weather

• Must enjoy working with young children

• Experience in formal or informal teaching preferred

• Basic horticulture knowledge preferred

• Organized, detail-oriented, works well under pressure

• Motivated, Outgoing and Friendly

• Must be able to lift 30 lbs.

• Knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese helpful

Compensation:  $120/per day (5-6 hours/day)

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Service Opportunities


As a FoodCorps service member, you will lead hands-on lessons, influence healthy school meals, and build a schoolwide culture of health. Each year, FoodCorps, an AmeriCorps program, searches for its next round of leaders, including one working with Greater Newark Conservancy! The ideal candidate should believe that every child—no matter their race, place, or class—has a right to healthy food at school.

Visit the FoodCorps website for more information and to apply. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Contact Sarah O'Leary, Director of Family and Youth Education, for questions and to schedule a pre-interview:


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    The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
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    The Healthcare Foundation of NJ
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