Brookwood Community Farm hiring Education and Volunteer Coordinator

Milton, Massachusetts

Education and Volunteer Coordinator at Brookwood Community Farm

About the Farm

Brookwood Community Farm is a 6-acre non-profit working farm located just outside of Boston in Milton, Mass. We grow organic vegetables and flowers for a 200-member CSA, a weekly farmer’s market, and a variety of food access programs such as food pantry donations. While Brookwood is primarily a production farm, our mission is to connect people to food and farming opportunities. One way we do this is by offering regular volunteer and educational opportunities for our farm members as well as groups and individuals from Boston and the surrounding communities. We are also committed to increasing access to local, organic foods in underserved communities.

Description of Position

The seasonal, part-time Education and Volunteer Coordinator will provide leadership and supervision to farm visitors of all ages and backgrounds and support the development and implementation of education programming.  We are looking for someone who is really excited about farm-based education and can contribute to the growth of the educational and community-building opportunities at Brookwood.

This position will average 20 hours per week, beginning in the middle of March and stretching until the end of October. Actual hours per week may vary based on the time of the season and number of visiting groups. Some of the work will be done outdoors on the farm, while administrative work must be completed in a home office. Overall the job is split pretty evenly between outdoor work running programs and leading volunteers while the other half is administrative work such as communicating with visiting groups and volunteers, planning programs, and data entry. Compensation is $13/hour plus produce from the farm.

Responsibilities

• Independently lead educational programming including farm tours, fieldwork, and lessons for visitors of all ages (preschool through senior citizen)

• Supervise individual volunteers during set volunteer hours

• Manage communication with volunteers and visiting groups

• Conduct outreach for volunteer and education programs

• Maintain a small learning garden

• Develop new materials for programming, such as activities and handouts

• Enhance the farm’s capacity to serve as a learning tool (i.e. introduce more signage)

• Train and supervise others to assist in leading educational and volunteer groups

• Assist with farm member events such as monthly potlucks

Qualifications

• Be passionate about food, plants, and farm-based education

• Love working with people and have an awesome interpersonal and communication skills

• Teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting with proven ability around youth safety, group management and discipline.

• Some experience with sustainable agriculture or gardening

• Experience working with volunteers with all ages

• Self-directed and able to work independently

• Advanced organizational skills

• Comfortable performing office tasks such as email, basic website maintenance, and Excel data entry

• Flexible with both schedule and day-to-day tasks. You must be able to work Saturday mornings

• Must be comfortable working in both outdoor and non-traditional office settings

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to Emma Keough at emma@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org. The position will remain open until filled.

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