A Place Called Home,

Urban Agriculture Program Assistant

12 days ago
Employment type
Full Time
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

A Place Called Home is a dynamic, non-profit youth and community center in South Central Los Angeles. APCH provides educational programs, counseling, mentoring, music, dance and art classes, fitness, and health and wellness opportunities. As youth participate in our programs, they discover interests and talents and develop a better sense of themselves and their place in the world around them. Our goal is to increase the likelihood that youth will stay in school, pursue higher education, attain viable jobs, and become active community members capable of making positive change in the world in which they live.

About this job

Under the direction of the Urban Agriculture Program Manager in partnership with the Associate Director of Wellness, the Program Assistant will implement program and agency goals, REACH objectives, agency best practices, and program efficiencies. The successful candidate will maintain and build a productive and healthy garden for students to learn in, and support a robust ongoing educational and experiential garden to table program.

Roles & responsibilities

  • Manage and plan garden maintenance, including planning, planting and cultivation of crops, composting, garden repairs and installations as assigned by the Program Manager
  • Coordinate with UA Program Manager and Associate Director of Wellness on garden to table program components including related classes, identifying budget expenditures and garden planning, crop choices, harvesting, security, staffing and volunteer needs
  • Prepare Learning Garden curriculum and lesson plans, ensuring any materials needed are ready for implementation
  • Facilitate weekly gardening classes for members ages 8 through 21, and occasionally for parents and/or other community members
  • With the support of the Program Manager represent the APCH Learning Garden to clients, parents, community members and benefactors
  • Support other team members in carrying out the agency philosophy.
  • Assist the Program Manager with partnership planning and readiness
  • Collaborate in planning and executing Learning Garden special events.
  • Adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards and values at all times.

Administrative Duties

  • Assisting in the planning and overseeing significant volunteer events.
  • Assisting in monitoring the budget expenditures for special and routine events.
  • Maintaining office calendars and sending out reminders of impending appointments
  • Managing online resources and documentation.

Other Non-Essential Responsibilities

  • Assist with the supervision of members during program hours, special events, and field trips
  • Serve as a mentor and role model for members
  • Attend all required program meetings and events
  • Perform other tasks as assigned


The ideal Program Assistant will be an individual who carries high personal and professional standards, is high energy by nature, and enjoys partnering with others to achieve successful outcomes To be successful in this role the Urban Ag Program Assistant will focus on achieving excellence of service and performance in the five core competencies identified by the agency: integrity & trust, adaptability, accountability, learning and development and compassion. The Assistant will embrace the APCH culture of a learning organization and strive to constantly improve upon systems and services for the benefit of our employees and our constituents; and will be demonstrably committed to their own ongoing personal and professional development. Our culture encourages individuals to speak up, we respect diversity of thought, and we look to our staff to be candid with concerns and constructive suggestions. Together, we can continue to take APCH to even higher levels of excellence and service to the community.

  • Technical and Performance Skills
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Time Management
  • Flexibility
  • Mission-Driven
  • Dedicated to excellence
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Strong Organizational Skills
  • Microsoft Office Skills
  • Excel and Database Management
  • Analytical Skills
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) Preferred
  • Education/Training/Experience
  • A.A degree in related fields (prefered) or Equivalent Experience.
  • Working knowledge of gardens and garden maintenance.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in instructing, mentoring, youth development, or working within community organizations and/or schools.
  • Have some knowledge of curriculum development, policies, and procedures
  • Some experience with Apricot 360 Case Management Software and Salesforce (Preferred)
  • Experience working in racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse urban communities

Physical and Mental Demands

  • Able to work in a dynamic and high noise level environment typical of a youth center
  • Walking, standing required on a daily basis
  • Sitting and use of hands/vision for computer work for extended periods of time
  • Lift up to 25 pounds occasionally

Additional Information

  • Able to work well with diverse populations of employees and clients
  • Able to work evenings and/or weekends for the department and/or agency events
  • Solution-oriented team player who both promotes and practices a growth mindset
  • Provides exemplary customer service and welcoming hospitality
  • APCH COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
  • All new hires must provide proof of their first dose of the vaccine on the first day of employment, if not fully vaccinated, and will have 30 days from their date of hire to complete their COVID-19 vaccination and submit proof of completion to the organization’s HR department. All fully vaccinated staff must also provide proof of their booster vaccine once eligible.
  • A Place Called Home provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including but not limited to pregnancy), gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation, military and veteran status, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, citizenship national origin, age, physical and/or mental disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, A Place Called Home complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
  • Please let us know if you are an APCH Alumni/ae
  • Background screening required

To apply

Create an account on our website using the link provided. Upload your resume, cover letter, and sign the application for it to be considered completed.

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