Farm & Food Teen Training Program Coordinator

Rural Resources is a 501 c-3, 15 acre farm located in east Tennessee. The farm includes a new 3,900 square foot Farm and Food Education Center, barn, creek, greenhouse, hoophouse, and walk-in cooler. Our mission is to connect farms, food, and the community through experiential learning based on sustainable agriculture practices. The 2,500 square foot garden is managed using hand tools, a walk behind tractor, and a small John Deere tractor with a tiller attachment. We also have small livestock that has served for education and small scale meat production.


Position Description:

This is a full-time, one-year AmeriCorps position. The FFT Program Coordinator leads the youth program through coordinating a schedule, managing teaching leads, and building trusting relationships with teens and their families. This position works heavily with food and garden curricula to support teen program education. The coordinator communicates weekly with bus drivers, teens, parents, guardians, and teaching leads to develop a working schedule for the year. Excellent communication and organizational skills are a must. Beyond direct tasks, this position leads the overall mission of the teen program and organization through contributing to grant writing, policy and procedure development, fundraising, and executing special events.


The Program Coordinator must possess a strong commitment to youth development through gardening, food, and business education. This position must enjoy working alongside a diverse group of youth, volunteers, and others including executing projects, discussing our local food economy, and creating a safe and respectful learning environment. An excellent candidate would work independently with minimal supervision. This person would manage numerous people so high attention to detail and organization is a must. This person must be able and willing to learn new skills through professional development opportunities in order to meet the broad range of tasks that are assigned to the position.




  • Supervises teaching leads including: Chef, Garden Manager, and Drivers.

  • Work as a part of a team with other Rural Resources Farm & Food Education Center staff, linking the Farm & Food Teen Training Program with other educational initiatives as appropriate

  • Lead fundraising opportunities for teen program through grant writing, reporting, etc.

  • Coordinate class coverage with Chef and Garden Manager

  • Teach classes as needed for garden, cooking, and business groups

  • Track data, write and submit grant reports as needed


  • Organize and implement teen program special events including orientation, field trips, leadership retreat, farmers market demos, teen dinner, etc.

  • Communicate and maintain schedule with drivers, teens and families of program

  • Network with other agencies

  • Support and oversee social enterprises with teens

  • Teach Business Curriculum or recruit volunteers with business skills

  • Prepare and give presentations to funders and community members about programming

  • Support RR with any special events and fundraisers



  • Ability to teach and work with youth from all backgrounds, belief systems, abilities, and ages

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in youth development

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google apps

  • General knowledge of agricultural systems

  • Experience organizing a complex schedule

  • Excellent communication skills regarding working with youth, families, and a team of teaching leads

  • Minimum of 2 years experience in supervision

  • Ability to communicate effectively with the public including partner organizations, volunteers, community stakeholders, etc.

  • A positive attitude, strong work ethic, flexibility and commitment to achieving the goals and mission of Rural Resources

  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team

  • Detail oriented while creative and high energy

  • Ability to work in all weather conditions

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds


How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter explaining why you’re interested, a resume, and three references through Indeed.

The deadline is July 27.

Please no phone calls or walk-ins.