School District of Sarasota County

Farm to School Liaison

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Posted On: Tuesday, 31st July 2018
Category: Skilled Labor
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

Reports to: Farm to School Coordinator, Food and Nutrition Services
Job Goal:
Promote and maximize the use of locally grown foods, especially food grown on school grounds, in the National School Lunch program and National School Breakfast program. Develop and maintain day-to-day operations of sustainable school farm programs in partnership with school sites and community groups. Write and maintain Standard Operating Procedures for school farm projects and educate and train students and adults on small farm best practices.
  1. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited educational institution in Agricultural Science, Biology, or related field, or five (5) years of experience growing fresh produce in Florida.
  2. Previous experience growing produce in Florida is required.
  3. Experience with school nutrition programs, Agriscience curricula, and working with teachers and students is desirable.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrates the ability to work with students, teachers, Food and Nutrition Services employees, administrators, and the agricultural community. Effective communication and presentation skills are essential. Knowledge of farm planning and operation, planting and harvest schedules, farm food safety, utilizing diverse growing methods, and leveraging community resources.


Performance Responsibilities:
  1. Oversee maintenance of food production systems and necessary equipment and resources needed for school farm projects.
  2. Develop and maintain SOPs, business plan, production and harvest records, Integrated Pest Management program, nutrient management program, and farm food safety compliance.
  3. Lead regular farm maintenance activities including seeding, watering, transplanting, harvesting, and ensuring appropriate soil health for food production.
  4. Serve as a resource and representative for Food and Nutrition Services Program.
  5. Act as a liaison between the Food and Nutrition Services program, teachers, students, and the local agricultural community.
  6. Educate teachers, parents, and the community about the Food and Nutrition Services Farm to School program.
  7. Design and implement local food education materials for all grade levels.
  8. Communicate complex concepts related to food production systems to students and adults.
  9. Assist in marketing coordination, and delivery and tracking of all Farm to School activities.
  10. Demonstrate initiative in the performance of assigned responsibilities.
  11. Assist with the supervision of volunteers as needed.
  12. Follow attendance, punctuality and proper dress rules.
  13. Maintain confidentially regarding school matters.
  14. Communicate effectively with staff and vendors.
  15. Keep supervisor informed of potential problems or unusual events.
  16. Respond to inquiries or concerns in a timely manner.
  17. Prepare all required reports and maintain all appropriate records.
  18. Follow all School Board policies, rules, and regulations.
  19. Exhibit interpersonal skills to work as an effective team member.
  20. Demonstrate support for the School District and its goals and priorities.
  21. Perform other incidental tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of this position.
Physical Requirements:
Light Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force as frequently as needed to move objects. 
Outdoor Work: Exposure to environmental elements such as heat, rain, cold, humidity, soil, water, chemicals, and other materials associated with farming in Southwest Florida.
Terms of Employment:
Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of work year and hours of employment shall be those established by the District.
Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.
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