Land’s Sake Farm hiring Farm-Based Education Program Coordinator

Weston, Massachusetts

Farm-Based Education:Program Coordinator

Year-Round, Full-Time, At-will employee
Supervisor/Reports to: Education Director
Direct Reports: Seasonal Summer Staff

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 farm-based experiential 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: www.landssake.org.

Position Summary:
The Program Coordinator’s primary goal is to deliver high quality summer and after-school programs.  With support from the Education Director, the Program Coordinator is responsible for facilitating the planning, implementation and evaluation of Green Power and Farm and Forest Explorers programs.  The Program Coordinator and Education Director work together to plan, implement and evaluate After-School programs. This position includes the additional responsibilities of: assisting with Education Garden preparation and maintenance, assisting with livestock care, assisting with volunteer programs, assisting with farm tours, assisting with adult education programs, general branch and organizational development and other non-education related tasks.  The Program Coordinator works collaboratively with other staff to effectively manage the inherent risks of working on a farm, maintain our unique farm aesthetic, teach and follow best management practices for sustainable food production. Collaboration and effective communication with the other branches of the organization are vital to this job.  Along with all staff, the Program Coordinator works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Farm and Forest Explorers
The Farm and Forest Explorers program serves children ages 10 – 12 and offers 9 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 immediate area, and playing nature-based games.

Green Power
The Green Power programs serves youth ages 13 – 17 and offers 8 independent weeks of full day sessions through the summer.  This program is focused on learning about sustainable agriculture, food justice, and community through meaningful work.  This work includes: planting, weeding and harvesting on our organic farm, leading farm tours, maintaining our education garden, providing community service, and cooking a community meal.  In addition to being a great learning opportunity, Green Power teaches the value of meaningful work by paying participants a share of the profit generated at the farm stand and by gaining community service hours.

After-School
Our after school programs are designed to excite students to learn more about the outside world and feel comfortable on the farm. Through fall and spring after school program participants further their farm education by engaging with the land beyond the summer months. Students join the end-of-season harvest, care for our livestock, and learn how to prepare the earth for winter. Spring programs offer experiences in the gardens such as sowing seeds and helping with the new baby livestock. Our maple programs actively involve youth in all phases of maple sugar production: students help identify and tap maple trees, gather sap, boil and bottle syrup. Students learn the rich heritage of sugaring in New England from past to present, as well as the science behind the sugaring process. The season culminates with the popular Land’s Sake Sugaring Off festival, held at the Sugar House, where students utilize their knowledge acquired over the season to lead public tours.

Responsibilities:
Summer Programs:

  • Lead efforts to achieve enrollment goals through advertising in local publications, attending camp fairs and events, and presenting to groups through community organizations
  • Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
  • Oversee planning and implementation of mission-based curriculum
  • Assist with the hiring and training of summer staff
  • Lead the Farm and Forest Explorers summer program
  • Communicate with parents as needed
  • Gather weekly feedback from participants and parents
  • Gather seasonal feedback from program constituents, specifically from adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
  • Maintain budgets for both programs and track weekly expenses
  • Facilitate planning and program development for successive seasons

After-School Programs:

  • Assist with efforts to achieve enrollment goals through advertising in local publications, attending events, and presenting to groups through community organizations
  • Work with the Education Director to coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
  • Assist with planning and implementation of mission-based curriculum
  • Co-lead the after-school programs for K-8th grade
  • Communicate with parents as needed
  • Gather feedback from participants and parents
  • Assist with planning and program development for successive seasons

Other Responsibilities:

  • Occasionally assist with livestock care, garden maintenance, and other non-education related tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or greater in environmental science, education or relevant field
  • Significant teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting, with proven ability around youth safety and group management
  • Experience in program management or program coordination of a camp, after school program, or other youth program
  • Professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment
  • Experience with farm work and experience in garden planning/management; experience or interest in handling small farm animals is a bonus
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings when necessary as well as a flexible year round schedule
  • Commitment to and understanding of a farm schedule, knowing this includes varying schedule depending on the season
  • Comfortable with public speaking and networking
  • Reliable access to a car and valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to pass CORI check
  • First Aid and CPR training or current certification
  • Basic computer and office skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Essential Functions:

  • Must be able to maintain visual and auditory awareness of a group
  • Must be able to negotiate various types of terrain on the farm and in the forest
  • Must be able to communicate (both written and verbal) clearly and effectively with staff, participants, and other constituents
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to fifty pounds

Employment dates:

Ideally this position will start by September 30th, 2013 and will work full-time, year-round with seasonal changes in hours worked per week.

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • 50% of health care cost covered by Land’s Sake, partial mobile phone reimbursement.
  • Nine paid holidays and two weeks of accrued paid vacation per year.
  • Access to organic produce and flowers grown on the farm.
  • The opportunity to work, learn, inspire, and be inspired alongside dedicated staff on a beautiful organic farm in a unique community!

Equal Opportunity Policy:
Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions.

To Apply:
Please prepare 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.  Email materials to Douglas Cook, Education Director, at GreenPower@landssake.org, or mail to Land’s Sake (c/o Douglas Cook), 27 Crescent Street, Weston, MA 02493
Deadline: Rolling until September 15th, 2013.

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