Massachusetts – Wright-Locke Farm hiring Assistant Education Director

Winchester, Massachusetts

2017 Assistant Education Director

The farm is now hiring an Assistant Education Director to help develop, manage, and facilitate outdoor youth programs for its 2017 program season. The Assistant Education Director is a full-time position held March – October 2017 (expected start date on or near March 6, 2017) and is paid $15 per hour. 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).

The Assistant Education Director’s responsibilities include:

  • Preparation to help develop and facilitate programs
    • Initial one-on-one training with the Education Director to learn about the farm, education programs, and the short and long-term responsibilities of the Assistant Education Director
    • Reading education materials provided by the Education Director
  • Development of youth programs
    • Working with the Education Director to determine appropriate themes and subjects for spring, summer, and fall programs for kids ages 4 – 14
    • Working with the Education Director to create seasonal program curriculum, including lesson plans and notes
    • Gathering / preparing materials for lessons and activities
    • Regular participation in youth garden maintenance
  • Facilitation of youth programs
    • The Assistant Education Director will work directly with the Education Director and/or seasonal educators to co-lead all spring, summer, and fall youth programs scheduled April – October 2017 (see below for detailed program schedule) as well as non-registration based programs, like schools visiting the farm for a morning field trip
    • Setting up before and cleaning up after each program session
    • Teaching lessons and leading activities (includes modifying lessons and activities as necessary)
  • Communication with seasonal staff and student volunteers
    • Delegating tasks and duties to seasonal staff and student volunteers before, during, and after program sessions
    • Maintaining positive relationships with seasonal staff and student volunteers
  • Communication with the Education Director
    • Notifying the Education Director of any known issues experienced during a program or related to the Assistant Education Director position
    • Providing feedback about successful and unsuccessful lessons and activities
    • Updating the Education Director about student volunteer performance

Candidates for the Assistant Education Director’s position should:

  • have a background in teaching children about farming, nature, healthy eating, or related subjects and a strong desire to create and teach similar curriculum in an organic farm setting
  • 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
  • pending emergencies and excused absences, the Assistant Education Director must be able to commit to working the planned 2017 youth program schedule (there is some flexibility in work hours outside of seasonal programs listed below)

The Assistant Education Director must help facilitate the following 2017 Programs (work schedules and programs periods noted below):

Spring Programs

  • April Vacation Morning and Afternoon Programs
    • Monday – Friday, April 17 – 21st from 8am – 530pm with unpaid hour lunch each day (programs are 9am – 12pm and 2 – 5pm each day)
    • Programs are for kids in grades K – 5
  • Morning school field trips to the farm (scheduled on request; mostly May – June)
  • Spring After School Programs
    • Four programs (Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu), hosted once per week over 6 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)
  • Spring Home School Program
    • One program, hosted once per week over 6 weeks
    • Tuesdays, May 2 – June 6th from 8am – 1230pm each session (program held from 9am – 12pm each session)
    • Program is for kids ages 6 – 12
  • Spring Preschool Program
    • One program, hosted once per week over 6 weeks
    • Fridays, May 5 – June 9th from 8am – 1230pm each session (program held from 9am – 12pm each session)
    • Program is for kids ages 4 – 5

Summer Programs

  • Morning Summer Vacation Programs
    • Mondays – Fridays, June 19 – 30th and July 10 – August 18th* from 8am – 1230pm each day (programs are 9am – 12pm)
      • *The Education Director will facilitate Morning Programs the weeks of July 17 – 21st and July 31 – August 4th due to All-Day Programs
    • Programs are for kids in preschool (ages 4 – 5) – grade 2 (but primarily grades K – 2)
  • Afternoon and All-Day Summer Vacation Programs
    • 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 (educators work 8am – 330pm)
    • Programs are for kids in preschool (ages 4 – 5) – grade 5 (but primarily grades K – 5)

Fall Programs

  • Morning school field trips to the farm (scheduled on request; mostly October)
  • Fall After School Programs
    • Four programs (Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu), hosted once per week over 6 weeks
    • Mondays – Thursdays, September 11 – October 23rd (no session Monday 10/9) 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)
  • Fall Home School Program (subject to change based on spring program)
    • One program, hosted once per week over 6 weeks
    • Tuesdays, September 12 – October 17th from 8am – 1230pm each session (program held from 9am – 12pm each session)
    • Program is for kids ages 6 – 12
  • Fall Preschool Program
    • One program, hosted once per week over 4 weeks
    • Fridays, September 15 – October 6th from 8am – 1230pm each session (program held from 9am – 12pm each session)
    • Program is for kids ages 4 – 5

If you are interested in the Assistant Education Director position, 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 – January 20 or until the position is filled.

If you have questions concerning the position description that you would like answered before submitting a resume and cover letter, please also send them to Education Director Rebekah Carter at rcarter@wlfarm.org.

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