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Current Job Opportunities

Farm Build Apprentice Leader

JOB TYPE: Full Time Temporary
SALARY: $20.00-$25.00 per hour, 35 hours a week.
PUBLISHED: 03/15/2018


Green City Force (GCF) is an AmeriCorps program that has been nationally recognized for our innovative workforce development and service model that positively impacts Opportunity Youth living in public housing, while supporting sustainability initiatives across the City. We seek passionate, values driven self-starters to join our growing team. Successful candidates will demonstrate efficient project management, ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues effectively, and commitment to pursuing excellence in all aspects of work.

The Farm Build Apprentice Leader will oversee and train three Apprentices full time during an eight-week period (April 3-May 26, 2018). The first six weeks we will install the basic components of our newest urban farm at Mariners Harbor, Staten Island: landscape fabric, woodchips, bed walls, soil/compost, and a pedestrian pathway. After the initial six weeks, the Farm Build Apprentice Leader and Apprentices may be deployed to other infrastructure projects at our NYC farms. The Farm Build Apprentice Leader reports to the Farm Infrastructure Manager.

The Farm Build Apprentice Leader Position is based primarily in the field and will be required to use mobile devices and laptops to communicate with other staff and complete requisite documentation and paperwork.


  • Perform and teach Apprentices proper use of basic garden tools: to assemble and maneuver 0.6 cubic foot wheelbarrows; to move and spread wood chips and soil (a major task of this build); to use shovels, garden rakes; occasionally sledgehammers and pickaxes.
  • Perform and teach Apprentices basic carpentry: to accurately identify, measure, cut lumber; to read a measuring tape; to mark using a speed square.
  • Perform and teach Apprentices proper use of power tools: to safely operate circular saw and a sliding compound miter table saw; to know the difference between an impact driver and a drill driver; to change the bits for each; ultimately, to assemble the walls of our garden beds.
  • Provide Farm Operations Manager with end-of-day construction updates and pictures.
  • Suggest workflow improvements based on local weather, design, terrain insights.
  • Help lead corporate volunteer days (20-30 adults) and Americorps service days (25 adults) during the build.
  • Serve as our Green City Force representative in Staten Island and cultivate contacts with similarly oriented community groups, including New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), our partner in developing the farm.
  • Arrive punctually at agreed-upon location each morning; open, manage, and lock tool inventory each day.
  • Work a full 8-hour day, outside, despite rainy conditions (lunch hour and two 15-minute breaks are included).
  • Work Mondays through Fridays: 9 am–5 pm in Staten Island; 7:30 am–3:30 pm our other NYC sites.
  • Be mud-fearless! It will be wet this spring: wear proper work boots and layers. (Polo uniform provided.)


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic carpentry and teaching carpentry skills
  • Previously demonstrated effective leadership role with young adults ages 18 – 24 from public housing or other low-income communities
  • High level of professionalism, integrity, work ethic, accountability and responsibility
  • Highly organized self-starter; ability to take direction, structure tasks, establish priorities and set goals
  • Ability to solve problems, mediate conflicts and exercise sound judgment
  • Excellent communication skills, strong interpersonal and motivational skills, excellent collaborative and teamwork skills
  • Enthusiasm for, and personal commitment to, healthy sustainable living choices
  • Grit: stamina in less-than-ideal weather conditions
  • Stand for extended periods, lift heavy objects (over 40 lbs), and perform repetitive tasks with few breaks
  • Ability to operate equipment and tools provided
  • Familiarity with organic farming concepts
  • Experience with local community groups in Staten Island, preferably in sustainability, urban agriculture, and/or health initiatives
  • Alignment with Green City Force’s mission
  • Supervisory experience


  • Experience in low-income communities, experience in NYCHA specifically is a plus

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