Youth Education Volunteer Tour Guide


Cause Areas


Mon Apr 02, 2018 08:30 AM - Fri Jun 29, 2018 01:00 PM


Various Greenmarket Locations in New York CityNew York, NY 10007
School tour volunteers teach school children about local agriculture through 45-60 minute presentations at market. Volunteers lead the group through the market as they visit farm stands, meet farmers, taste a healthy and fresh cooking demo, and answer all their burning farmer's market questions. Additional training will be provided.


Greenmarket Youth Education connects thousands of New York City schoolchildren in grades K-12 with Greenmarkets and our farmers to help them gain an understanding of local agriculture and the importance of eating fresh, seasonal foods. Fun, interactive learning experiences allow children to build an understanding of how food choices impact their bodies, their environment and their communities. Our School Tours at Greenmarket program reaches over 6,000 children each year.

Volunteer Tour Guide Summary

We are seeking outgoing and enthusiastic individuals interested in local food, sustainable agriculture and education, for a hands-on, creative position with our School Tours at Greenmarket program. This unpaid position offers individuals an opportunity to help facilitate educational tours on-site at farmers markets this spring. A commitment to volunteering at the Union Square Greenmarket on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday at least once a week is necessary. The ability to travel and help facilitate tours at Greenmarket locations throughout New York City on other weekdays is preferable. Other popular locations include Columbia University, 97 th St and Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The position could also include office hours if desired.

  • Set up and break down Education Station (includes some heavy lifting)
  • Organize and maintain visual displays and hand out materials
  • Lead and assist student discussions about local seasonal food and agriculture
  • Guide groups of up to 32 students through Greenmarkets and conduct interviews with farmers
  • Set up, perform and break down cooking demonstrations and tastings of local, seasonal foods
  • Help develop child-friendly, nutritionally balanced recipes and educational hand-outs


  • Gain firsthand experience educating New York City students in grades K-12
  • Increase your understanding of local agriculture and the importance of eating fresh, seasonal foods
  • Develop planning, organizational, time management, site management, and team-based work skills
  • Cultivate skills in leadership and volunteer management

Ideal Qualifications

  • High school graduate (over 18 years old)
  • Interest in farmers markets and/or related issues - including education, urban planning, food systems, sustainable agriculture, event planning, small business administration, economic development
  • Experience working with school children in grades K-12
  • Basic computer skills. Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Google Documents and design programs a plus
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Fluency in languages other than English a plus

This unpaid position is about 5 hours per week from early April through mid-June. Please submit a resume and cover letter to Please be sure to include "Volunteer Tour Guide" in the subject line.


  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Nutrition
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Education
  • Gardening
  • Farming

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Spring Season (April to June)- at least 5hrs/week

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