Muir Ranch

John Muir High School

Opportunities

JOBS:

If you are interested in helping Muir Ranch grow, please consider applying to one of our open positions.

Muir Ranch is seeking applicants for two paid positions: 

CSA Manager

Assistant CSA Manager

Use your cover letter to tell us why we should read your resume! Emphasize how your background and skills are an excellent fit for the responsibilities and qualifications in this job description.  As Muir Ranch CSA is a start up operation and every person holds many responsibilities, please feel free to also highlight other skills you possess that would be valuable to a growing business and teaching program.

To apply for one of these positions, send your cover letter and resume to muirranchjobs@gmail.com. Please specify which position you are applying for on the subject line.

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INTERNSHIPS:

Urban Agriculture Interns

Our dedicated team is seeking Urban Agriculture Interns who are passionate about food justice, nutrition, community-building, and sustainability.  Experience with sustainable urban agriculture is a plus, but most important is the desire to be part of the sustainable farming movement..

The urban agriculture intern will utilize sustainable farming techniques through hands-on learning. Most of the work is done outdoors between 8am-12pm, rain or shine. The intern will be asked to perform a wide variety of tasks and be called upon to assist with ongoing projects. Training will be provided.

Seasonal projects such as:

  • Root pruning roses
  • Tying and staking plants and flowers
  • Building vegetable/flower beds
  • Building “worm tractors”

Daily projects such as:

  • Weeding
  • Harvesting vegetables
  • Cutting flowers
  • Planting seeds/seedlings/transplants
  • Watering
  • Composting
  • Distributing organic fertilizers

Other Notes:

Muir Ranch is on a high school campus. Interns will need to go through a volunteer orientation and clearance through Pasadena Unified School District before starting their internship.

Currently, these internships are available as unpaid positions, but stipends may become available in the future.  Interns may seek outside fellowship funding or pursue college credit through independent study opportunities.

Interns will be asked to work directly with the high school participants in an effort to expand the student’s learning opportunities.

Interns should be able to lift at least 30lbs and should be capable of several hours of uninterrupted walking, kneeling, bending, and enjoyment of sunshine.

Interns should be prepared with comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and shoes:  airy clothing/hats for the hot months, jackets and rain boots for the colder months. 
As you can imagine, being on a ranch can get dirty, so be prepared to get mucky but also to have fun!

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TIME BANK

Time Bank Opportunities

Come help out at Muir Ranch and earn some Time Dollars! (If you aren’t already part of the Time Bank and want to learn more, visit the

Time Bank’s website.)

The following working groups and individual positions could use some community involvement:

Volunteer Coordinator

Recruit, train, and schedule volunteers for Muir Ranch work days as well as special events and projects. Coordinate with outside groups (such as the Time Bank) to ensure that accurate records are kept and all volunteers are accounted for and go through the required PUSD Volunteer process.

Recruitment: Contact local community service groups and use online recruitment tools to attract volunteers. Post available openings to the Muir Ranch website, local email listservs, and other forums. Maintain a database of potential volunteers with their contact information and areas of interest. Work with staff and the Sales & Marketing working group to ensure that special events are advertised to the wider community and adequately staffed with volunteers.

School District Screening Process: Once volunteers are identified, direct them to the PUSD Welcome Center for mandatory orientation and screening. All potential PUSD volunteers must go through this process, which involves a livescan, background check, and TB clearance.

Volunteer Placement and Training: Orient new volunteers to the inner workings of Muir Ranch as necessary. (Staff and seasoned volunteers will also help to train new volunteers.) The volunteer coordinator will work with staff to ensure that volunteers are placed in positions or with working group committees based on a match between the volunteer’s skills and interests and the program’s areas of need. Act as a liason between volunteers and program staff to ensure that volunteers are content and that staff are happy with their work. Move volunteers to different areas of need as necessary, and take steps to encourage one-time volunteers to become regulars.

Record Keeping: Implement record-keeping systems where they may be lacking. Create and maintain a database of volunteers with updated contact information and their “positions” at Muir Ranch. Track volunteer hours and be prepared to issue letters to volunteers if they require community service credit.

 

Or, if you’d simply like to stop by and help, we also have regular Muir Ranch Workdays: Monday-Friday from 8am to 11am

Typical tasks:

Weeding

Preparing beds

Turning compost

Planting seeds and plugs

Moving worm “tractors”

Maintaining irrigation systems

Watering nursery plants

Harvesting crops