Job Opportunity for Social Care Farmer

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man carrying ornamental sunflowers

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Social Care Farmer needed to work with a young man who has a diagnosis of autism as he builds a small-scale flower farm in western Chapel Hill.

Care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices to improve health, social, and vocational outcomes for vulnerable populations. The right candidate for this position will need to have excellent personal skills and a genuine interest in people.

Knowledge of farming and autism preferred, but not required. Most importantly, the right candidate will need to be passionate about helping people fulfill their potential.

Flexibility is essential and the candidate must be willing to undertake practical, purposeful activities in an outdoor environment in addition to assisting the individual in multiple social and vocational situations.

The position will involve providing assistance, supervision, and support to this young man as he learns to grow, cultivate, harvest, market, and deliver flowers, repair and maintain small farm equipment and tools, take part in managing a small agribusiness operation, in addition to developing other independent living and social skills. The work will be diverse, with lots of room for creativity and innovation.

Hours are part-time- Mondays and Fridays- and will eventually include some evening/weekend hours. Pay starts at $17/hour. The position is permanent and subject to a 3-month probationary period.

If you think you would like to join our team and work with an amazing young man as he pioneers a new and exciting project, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to rebeccasorensen.msw@gmail.com.