Now Hiring: Student Urban Agroecology & Finance Assistant

Student Urban Agroecology & Finance Assistant
(Title Code 4920, Student Assistant III; Grad: Title Code 4919)
Appointment: August 22, 2022 – May 13, 2023, 10 hours per week
Applications Due: Monday, July 25th at 5pm
Compensation: $20.30/hour

Submission Instructions: Applicants must be matriculated undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. Priority will be given to work-study students. To apply, submit the following items by email as a single pdf to with the subject line “Student Gardens Finance & Outreach Coordinator.”

  1. Cover letter (1 page max)
  2. Résumé (1 page max)
  3. Contact information for 2 professional and/or academic references


About the Berkeley Food Institute:

The Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks to transform food systems to expand access to healthy, affordable food and promote sustainable and equitable food production. We empower new leaders with capacities to cultivate diverse, just, resilient, and healthy food systems. We pursue our mission through interdisciplinary programs in education, community engagement, research, and policy.


About Berkeley Student Farms (BSF): Berkeley Student Farms (BSF) is a coalition of 8 student-led outdoor farms and gardens located across UC Berkeley’s greater campus area. BSF is a transparent and democratic organization that prioritizes meaningful inclusion and the equitable distribution of food, medicine, and knowledge through community building and land stewardship. BSF integrates education, wellness, and agroecological practice to engage students, staff, faculty, and community members. 


About the Position:

Urban Agroecology is a framework for creating ecologically-based and socially-just urban food systems through research, farming practices, political action, and social change. The Student Urban Agroecology & Finance Assistant will work closely with BSF managers and BFI professional staff to ensure student garden managers understand their finance and expense workflows to better streamline student-led urban agroecological programming. This position will also report to and assist Berkeley Food Institute’s Agroecology and Wellness Coordinator, Lekeisha Simpson, in facilitating the Wellness Fund Grant goals outlined by BSF. 



    • Identify and track Fall and Spring student leadership for all student gardens 
    • Support hiring processes for BSF leadership positions as needed, including co-writing job descriptions, advertising and helping to read applications.
    • Ensure all student garden managers are aware of and understand Registered Student Organization administrative and financial guidelines and deadlines
    • Train student garden managers on best practices for submitting expenses (e.g. speaker honoraria, purchasing supplies, etc.) and documentation required by university or external funders. This will include coordinating check-in meetings with garden managers to conduct training.
    • Ensure student garden data collection requirements are being completed 
    • Assist with onboarding BSF vendors (including speakers for BSF DeCal and other workshops) as needed
    • Attend weekly one-on-one meetings with BFI staff to exchange financial and programmatic updates 
  • Support BSF and BFI internal and external communications as needed


Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced skills in Google spreadsheets for data and financial management
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, particularly in regards to communications across diverse groups
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently and to foresee, identify, and recommend solutions in the position’s areas of responsibility
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Comfort with creativity, innovation, and hard work
  • Professionalism, courtesy, punctuality, and good humor
  • Interest in agri-food systems
  • Interest and experience in public service and social equity, as core tenets of the UC Berkeley experience and the Berkeley Food Institute mission


Students with work study strongly encouraged to apply.


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