Land’s Sake Farm hiring Assistant Farm Educator

Weston, Massachusetts

Assistant Farm Educator, Farm and Forest Explorers

Overview:

Land’s Sake is a nonprofit dedicated to building meaningful connections between people, the food they eat, and the land; programs include environmental, food donation programs, and sustainable land management. We strive to make Land’s Sake a welcoming, community-centered farm for all involved, including customers, shareholders, children, volunteers, and staff.

The Farm and Forest Explorers program serves children going into 1st through 5th grades and offers seven independent weeks of full day sessions throughout the summer. Participants will learn useful gardening skills, spend time caring for our chickens, rabbits, and other animals, play nature games, create seasonal crafts, read stories, and make delicious snacks with produce from the farm. Participants will leave recharged from a week of fun and active outdoor play. Each session will have different seasonal activities.

Position Summary:

The Summer Program Assistant’s primary goal is to assist in the delivery of high quality summer programs. With support from the Farm and Forest Leader, the Assistant Program Educator will implement the Farm and Forest Explorer and Open Farmyard programs, in addition to other education events and programs as needed. The Assistant Program Educator works collaboratively with other staff to effectively manage the inherent risks of working on a farm, maintain our unique farm aesthetic, and teach and follow best management practices for sustainable food production. Collaboration and effective communication between the other branches of the organization are vital for this job. The Assistant Program Educator will work diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Farm and Forest Leader in implementing mission-based curriculum
  • Lead preschool and elementary aged children through a variety of settings in      educational activities such as: gardening, cooking, crafts, playing games and    caring for livestock.
  • Gather weekly feedback from participants
  • Communicate with parents as needed
  • Assist in caring for the education garden
  • Assist in the care of livestock (bunnies, chickens, goats, etc)

Qualifications:

  • Minimium requirement: High school graduate, some college preferred
  • Teaching and group leadership experience in a school, camp or other or   non-traditional setting.
  • Applicants who are fun, engaging, creative and outgoing
  • 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 inclement   weather if necessary
  • Access to dependable transportation to and from the farm
  • Must be able to pass CORI check
  • CPR/first aid training preferred

Employment dates:

Training and Planning: Approximately 10-20 hours in June, flexible schedule

Program implementation: 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday through Friday, June 27th through August 19th. Week of July 4th off.

Must be available for the entire program schedule.

Program Clean-up and Debrief: Week of August 22nd, flexible schedule

Salary & Benefits:

  • $12 per hour
  • 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 for a unique local nonprofit!

To Apply:

Please send a resume and description detailing how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity to education@landssake.org. Deadline: March 30th, 2016

 

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