Massachusetts – Wright-Locke Farm hiring 2017 Farm Educator

Winchester, Massachusetts

2017 Farm Educator (spring and/or summer programs)

NOTE: Candidates may apply to work during spring, summer, or spring and summer programs (spring and summer program schedules do not overlap).

The farm is now hiring Educators for its spring and summer programs for children in preschool (ages 4 – 5) and in grades K – 8. Educators are paid $12 per hour to facilitate outdoor programs. All farm staff are required to undergo a CORI check prior to the start of their work period (the farm will do this upon hiring).

An Educator’s responsibilities include:

  • Preparation to facilitate programs
    • Reading education materials provided by the farm prior to the start of the program(s)
    • Attending required paid training at the farm (8 hours for returning staff and 16 hours for new staff; typically scheduled the week prior to seasonal program start)
  • Facilitation of youth programs
    • Setting up before and cleaning up after each program session
    • Teaching lessons and leading activities (includes modifying lessons and activities as necessary)
  • Communication with student volunteers
    • Delegating tasks and duties to student volunteers before, during, and after program sessions
    • Maintaining positive relationships with student volunteers
  • Communication with the Education Director or Assistant Education Director
    • Providing feedback about successful and unsuccessful lessons and activities
    • Notifying the ED / AED of any known issues experienced during one or more sessions
    • Updating the ED / AED about student volunteer performance

Candidates for the Educator position should:

  • have a strong interest and/or background in teaching children about farming, nature, healthy eating, or related subjects (experience preferred but not required)
  • enjoy working with children ages 4 – 14
  • have a positive attitude, be a strong leader, and be able to adapt to changing environments
  • be comfortable working outdoors- rain or shine!
  • be comfortable handling farm animals (no experience required)
  • be able to lift at least 50 lbs
  • have reliable transportation 

We seek to hire Educators for the following 2017 Programs (work schedules below):

Spring Programs

  • Spring After School Programs (roughly 12 hours per week for six weeks)
    • Mondays – Thursdays, May 1 – June 12th (no session Monday 5/29) from 230 – 530pm or 6pm depending on day of the week (programs are held from 330 – 5pm Mon-Wed and 330 – 530pm on Thursday)
    • Programs are for kids in grades K – 8 (but primarily grades K – 5)
    • Training for the programs to be held the week of April 24th
    • Optional additional hours in the farm stand may be available, as well as for large group farm visits hosted mornings May – June

Summer Programs (candidates cannot apply to work both due to program overlap)

  • Morning Summer Vacation Programs (roughly 22 hours per week for 8 weeks)
    • Mondays – Fridays, June 19 – 30th and July 10 – August 18th from 8am – 1230pm each day (programs are 9am – 12pm)
    • Programs are for kids in preschool (ages 4 – 5) – grade 2 (but primarily grades K – 2)
    • Training for the programs to be held the week of June 12th
    • Optional additional hours in the field may be available
  • Afternoon and All-Day Summer Vacation Programs (roughly 22* hours per week for 8 weeks)
    • Mondays – Fridays, June 19 – 30th and July 10 – August 18th from 1 – 530pm* each day (programs are 2 – 5pm)
      • *All-Day Programs hosted from 9am – 3pm will be held instead of Afternoon Programs the weeks of July 17 – 21st and July 31 – August 4th (roughly 37 hours per week when working 8am – 330pm)
    • Programs are for kids in preschool (ages 4 – 5) – grade 5 (but primarily grades K – 5)
    • Training for the programs to be held the week of June 12th
    • Optional additional hours in the farm stand or field may be available

If you are interested in working as a spring, summer or spring and summer educator, please send a resume and cover letter, no more than one page long, to Education Director Rebekah Carter at rcarter@wlfarm.org as soon as possible. Interviews will be scheduled December – February or until positions are filled.

Be sure to indicate the following in your email:

  • the programs for which you are applying to work as an educator (i.e. summer morning programs)
  • if you are interested in optional additional hours in the farm stand or field (will be discussed during the interview or beforehand upon request; please note that expressing interest does not commit you to any hours, nor does it help or hinder your candidacy)
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