Land’s Sake Farm hiring Summer Education and Garden Intern

Weston, Massachusetts

Position Title: Farm-Based Education: Summer Education and Garden Intern
Seasonal, Full Time
Supervisor/Reports to: Education Program Coordinator

Organizational Overview:
Founded in 1980, Land’s Sake is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to responsible stewardship of suburban farmland and forests. By combining ecologically sound land management with experiential farm-based education, we provide a powerful model of how public open space can be effectively used and enjoyed by the community. We operate three interdependent branches: (1) sustainable land management and open space preservation, (2) farm-based education, and (3) a community farm. The education department serves our community through group/school programs, after school programs, adult education workshops and summer programs. Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions. To learn more about this unique nonprofit please visit: http://www.landssake.org.

Programmatic Overview (relating to position):
Farm & Forest Explorers
The Farm & Forest Explorers program serves children ages 7-12 and offers 4 independent weeks of half day sessions throughout the summer. This program introduces children to farm, forest, and other ecological landscapes. Building on each group’s unique interests the program offers diverse farm and garden based activities, such as caring for a variety of livestock, exploring plant communities and animal habitats in the area, and playing nature-based games.
Kid’s Cafe
Kid’s Cafe, started in 2006, is a unique collaboration between The Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston Boys & Girls Clubs and Land’s Sake. Two Clubs from Boston bring on average 10 children between the ages of 7-12 to the farm one afternoon a week each for 7 weeks. While at the farm, children explore the Education Garden, livestock, hiking trails, and end the day by preparing a snack from the Garden. This program strives to engage young people from lowerincome households in new experiences that will encourage them to build a healthier food system for themselves and their communities.
Open Farm Yard
Open Farm Yard piloted in 2012 welcomes families with young children to the farm for a story and craft. This loosely structured program engages children ages 2-6 and their caregivers in sensory-based exploration and allows participants to meet new people while familiarizing with Land’s Sake and all it has to offer. High school volunteers assist in the facilitation of this program, learning how to confidently engage with new people and work with young children outdoors.

Position Summary:
The Summer Education & Garden Intern’s primary goal is to assist in the delivery of high quality summer programs. Collaboratively work with the Program Coordinator to implement the Farm & Forest Explorers, Kid’s Cafe, and Open Farm Yard. Proactively manage inherent risks of working on a farm with children and animals, engage professionally and courteously with community members, and enthusiastically lead youth volunteers (middle to high school-aged) in various projects. Experience working with children ages 3-12, an appreciation for the outdoors, an interest in gardening and sustainable agriculture and a good sense of humor are essential for this position.

Responsibilities:
● Assist the Program Coordinator in designing and implementing mission-based curriculum
● Lead participants ages 3-12 through a variety of settings in educational activities such as: gardening, cooking, and caring for livestock
● Gather weekly feedback from participants
● Communicate with parents as needed
● Lead and mentor youth volunteers in garden projects and/or in assisting with various educational programs
● Education Garden maintenance such as planting and weeding, livestock chores, and various projects

Qualifications:
● Teaching and group leadership experience in a school, camp or other or nontraditional setting
● Farming and/or gardening experience
● Comfort around animals and working with livestock
● The ability to multi-task and work independently
● Must be physically able to work outdoors and willing to do so in bad weather if necessary
● Access to dependable transportation to and from the farm
● Must be able to pass CORI check

Employment dates:
8:00am-4:30pm (40 hours/week), beginning July 1st, 2013 through August 14th, 2013. Schedule is flexible and can be determined based on need.

Benefits:
● Organic produce and flowers grown on the farm (when available)
● The opportunity to work, learn, inspire and be inspired alongside dedicated staff on a beautiful organic farm for a unique local nonprofit!
● Ability to fulfill internship requirements if applicable

To Apply:
Please email a resume and cover letter, detailing how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity to Doug@landssake.org, deadline April 15th, 2013

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