Massachusetts – Wright-Locke Farm hiring Education Director

 Winchester, Massachusetts

Wright-Locke Farm (www.WLFarm.org)

Education Director – Position Description

Wright-Locke Farm is now hiring an Education Director to develop, manage, and facilitate youth and adult education programs. This person will have primary responsibility for all aspects of the farm’s educational programs and will report to the farm’s Executive Director. The Education Director is a full-time, year-round salaried position. Compensation will be based on experience.

Wright-Locke Farm is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 community farm located in Winchester, MA. The farm grows certified organic produce and flowers, raises small animals, offers a wide variety of farm-based educational programs, and hosts public and private events on its historic farmstead. The farm has a rich history, having been continuously farmed since 1638. Today, it’s operated by paid staff and many dedicated volunteers.

The Education Director’s responsibilities include managing all aspects of the farm’s educational programs. More specifically, the Education Director is responsible for:

Developing education programs

  • Planning and creating schedules and curricula for both youth and adult programs
  • Finding, hiring and coordinating with adult education program hosts (includes coordinating program plans and supplies needed, determining appropriate compensation for service, and handling scheduling and fees associated with kitchen rentals and permits as necessary)
  • Community outreach to expand the number of children, teens, and adults partaking in the farm’s educational offerings, including coordinating future farm visits and enrichment programs
  • Creating and maintaining community partnerships, including coordinating partner programs both on and off the farm
  • Researching and planning for future programs

Managing education programs

  • Hiring, training, and managing all education staff including the Assistant Education Director and Seasonal Educators who lead/colead seasonal youth programs
  • Recruiting and coordinating volunteers to assist staff during youth education programs
  • Purchasing durable and nondurable supplies as necessary
  • Organizing and cleaning program and work areas as well as supplies/tools
  • Managing the farm’s two youth education gardens
    • Planning for each growing season
    • Purchasing seeds/seedlings
    • Planting (includes starting seedlings in the greenhouse, direct seeding, and transplanting)
    • Maintaining both gardens throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons
    • Harvesting outside of programs if necessary

Facilitating education programs

  • Leading a significant number of seasonal youth programs during the spring, summer, and fall
  • Leading both youth and adult educational farm visits that may include a hands-on volunteer component when desired and appropriate
  • Leading off-site youth and adult enrichment programs
  • Leading a significant number of seasonal adult programs during the spring, summer, and fall
  • Assisting hired hosts before, during, and after adult education programs (includes setting up, welcoming/checking in participants, collecting payments, and cleaning up)

Administrative functions related to education programs

  • Marketing youth and adult programs (both print and web-based)
  • Marketing education jobs (web-based)
  • Updating farm education-specific webpages on WLFarm.org
    • Updating webpage content through WordPress
    • Creating and updating program registration functions through CiviCRM
  • Database management related to youth and adult program registration through CiviCRM (includes collecting and recording payments for programs)
  • Education-related correspondence (email, phone, etc) and managing customer relations with care to maintain positive relationships with parents of children attending youth programs, participants of adult programs, and groups partaking in on-farm and off-site programs
  • Grant writing and submitting annual reports as necessary
  • Annual education budget evaluation and planning
  • Attending farm staff meetings

Candidates for the Education Director position should:

  • Have significant experience working with children in an educational program capacity;  developing, managing, and/or facilitating educational programs related to agriculture/gardening, seasonal cooking/healthy eating, the environment, and/or related subjects are strongly preferred
  • Have a strong desire to create and teach youth and adult curricula related to sustainable small-scale agriculture, healthy seasonal cooking, and related subjects
  • Be passionate about working with children of ages 4 – 14 in an organic farm setting
  • Have significant experience working with adults in an educational program capacity; developing, managing, and/or facilitating educational programs related to agriculture/gardening, seasonal cooking/healthy eating, the environment, and/or related subjects are strongly preferred
  • Have significant experience managing teen and/or adult volunteers; experience managing volunteers in a youth education program capacity is preferred
  • Be very organized, detail-oriented, and able to efficiently multitask
  • Have a positive attitude, be a strong and dedicated leader, and be able to adapt to changing environments and circumstances
  • Be extremely comfortable working outdoors- rain or shine!
  • Be comfortable utilizing and maintaining shared work areas
  • Be comfortable with public speaking
  • Be comfortable cooking with both kids and adults and teaching culinary skills
  • Be comfortable gardening with kids
  • Be comfortable working with/handling farm animals (no experience required)
  • Be able to lift 50 lbs and spend a significant amount of time standing/walking
  • Have reliable housing and transportation
  • Have reliable technology (laptop, cell phone) necessary for the job
  • Have a willingness to travel for off-site programs when necessary (includes using one’s own vehicle for such programs)
  • Pending emergencies and excused absences, the Education Director must be able to commit to working full-time at the farm during the program season (this includes some weekends and weeknights); there is some flexibility in on-site work outside of the program season (the program season is currently March – early November)

If you are interested in the Education Director position, please send a resume and cover letter to Executive Director Archie McIntyre at amcintyre@wlfarm.org as soon as possible. Please include 2 – 3 references (professional references preferred) on your resume or cover letter. Interviews will be scheduled December 2017 – January 2018 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 Executive Director Archie McIntyre at amcintyre@wlfarm.org.

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Land’s Sake hiring Assistant Educator

Weston, Massachusetts

Part-time Assistant Educator

Land’s Sake seeks an Assistant Educator with a flexible schedule.  The person in this position must be able to work from 10 to 30 hours per week through November, with seven weeks of full time work in the summer. Occasional nights and weekends are required in this position. The Assistant Educator will be responsible for assisting with farm-based education programs for schools, after-school programs, events, tours, family programs, and summer programs, and outreach programs.

Assistant Educator will also act as the Green Power Leader during the summer. The Green Power Leader is in charge of up to twelve middle school youth for week-long, full day programs. This program is a local food immersion program and includes time spent working on the farm, community service field trips with local food organizations, teaching kids about the farm, and creating a meal made with local ingredients.

Successful candidates will be highly motivated, organized, great with teaching a large range of ages, and a team player. Previous farm or professional garden experience is a MUST as well as comfort working around a variety of animals including chickens, rabbits, sheep, and goats. Other helpful skills include experience working with InDesign, carpentry skills, artistic ability, etc.

Responsibilities:

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with management of the Education Garden
  • Assist with the management of a variety of livestock
  • Assist with overall development of education and Land’s Sake programs
  • Lead or assist with small groups during field trips, volunteering days, after-school
  • Assist with field trips, after school programs, outreach programs, and events

Green Power Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
  • Implement mission-based curriculum
  • Maintain responsibility for the physical and emotional safety and behavior of the Green Power youth
  • Supervise and direct Green Power Assistant Leader
  • Communicate with parents as needed
  • Gather weekly feedback from participants and parents

Qualifications:

  • College degree in horticulture, farming, environmental science, environmental education, education, or a related field is require
  • Experience in a leadership role with students in a classroom or other youth leadership experience
  • Experience with farm work or garden planning/management
  • Experience with management of a variety of livestock
  • The ability to multi-task and work independently
  • Respectful, clear and patient interpersonal communication skill set
  • Professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment
  • Comfortable with public speaking and networking
  • Access to a car and valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to pass a CORI check

Salary & Benefits:
● Salary: $14/hour
● Professional development opportunities including trainings in areas of job
related interests
● Organic produce and flowers grown on the farm
Please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to education@landssake.org to apply.  Preference will be given to those candidates who can start ASAP.

Land’s Sake Farm hiring Assistant Farm Educator, Green Power

Weston, Massachusetts

Assistant Farm Educator, Green Power

Organizational 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 Green Power program engages youth entering grades 6-9 and offers seven independent weeks of full day sessions through the summer.  This program is a local food immersion program focused on all aspects of food… growing, planting, cultivating, harvesting, distributing, and eating.  Students participate in growing the Junior Farmer field, go on local agriculture field trips, participate in livestock management, learn about the hunger relief organizations Land’s Sake partners with, and cook a community meal with a chef.

Position Summary:                     

The Green Power Assistant Leader’s primary goal is to deliver high quality summer programs. With support from the Green Power Leader, the Green Power Assistant Leader is responsible for implementing the unique Green Power program. This position will include the additional responsibilities of: assisting with Education Garden preparation and maintenance, assisting with livestock care, general branch and organizational development and other non-education related tasks. The Green Power Assistant Leader 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 between the other branches of the organization are vital for this job; along with all staff, the Green Power Assistant Leader works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Responsibilities
● Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
● Implement mission-based curriculum
● Lead the Green Power Program with the Green Power Leader
● Communicate with parents as needed
● Write articles for the newsletter, blog posts, or social media updates as needed
● Gather weekly feedback from participants and parents
● Assist with management of the Junior Farmer Field
● Assist with the management of a variety of livestock
● Assist with other non-education related tasks as needed

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/Program Planning: June 20th-24th
● Programming: 8:00am-4:30pm, June 27th-August 19th, Week of July 4th off
● Cleanup & Debrief: Flexible schedule, week of August 22

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 email 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 to education@landssake.org, Deadline: March 31st, 2016

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

 

Fairview Gardens hiring Farm Education Apprentices

Santa Barbara, California

Farm Education Apprenticeships at Fairview Gardens

Application Deadline: April 20, 2015
Program start: June 2015

Join us on our 12.5 acre organic urban farm for a 6 month Farm Education Apprenticeship. The Fairview Gardens Apprenticeship program provides a hands-on direct experience in farm education, community outreach, organic farming, and sustainable food systems. Apprentice roles include organizing and leading children’s programs, designing engaging and creative cooking, crating, and gardening activities, curriculum development and write-ups for after school program, educational material development for farm tours, tending to children’s garden, create educational signage, marketing/flyering, and tabling tabling at community events. Gain a variety of skills useful for teaching farm-based education, including developing age-appropriate activities, place-based curriculum, and engaging farm tours as well as participating in farm outreach events. Participants are also provided with opportunities to shadow parallel programs in our community. You also will work alongside our farming and marketing staff, engaging in all activities essential to the operation of an organic and public education farm.  Yurt housing and stipend provided.

REAL School Gardens hiring Regional Director

Washington, DC

REAL School Gardens
Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic

Position Summary

REAL School Gardens seeks a Regional Director to lead the organization through the next exciting phase of growth, creating learning gardens that grow successful students.  The Regional Director will have the overall responsibility of ensuring sustainability, stewarding key stakeholders, and successful program outcomes in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The ideal candidate is a passionate leader and communicator with a track record of successfully raising funds, engaging a variety of stakeholders and managing staff.  Further, the ideal candidate is highly entrepreneurial, a self-starter and is enthusiastic about the mission.

This position reports to the Executive Director.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to academic achievement through innovative outdoor classrooms and gardens and work with a dedicated team of talented professionals.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as a thought leader, spokesperson and driver of strategic partnerships in relevant education circles
  • Lead the development of annual organizational short- and long-term plans in the region
  • Lead the region’s program and fundraising efforts
  • Identify and develop partnerships with school districts and schools in the region
  • In collaboration with the executive director and program staff, ensure programs achieve clear, measurable results and the impact is evaluated and communicated
  • Manage and motivate staff to achieve their objectives by providing necessary resources, professional development, performance management, and a positive work environment that supports excellence, cultural competency and mutual respect
  • Identify, build, engage and lead members of the regional advisory board to leverage their talents and energy across relevant aspects of the organization
  • Maintain and elevate the REAL School Gardens brand and reputation in Washington, DC and the greater Mid-Atlantic region among public, private and nonprofit stakeholder groups

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum five years of professional experience
  • A track record of successfully raising funds for an organization or cause
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial background
  • A proven ability to move initiatives forward, identify opportunities, take reasonable risks, manage challenges, and achieve the desired results
  • A strategic thinker and visionary with experience operationalizing a vision into a realistic work plan
  • A skilled leader with an ability to motivate, coach, and develop an experienced staff and board
  • Superb strategic communication skills and the proven ability to empower a diverse set of key stakeholders
  • Positive, optimistic, and energetic personality
  • Confident and inclusive leadership style
  • A sense of humor and perspective

About REAL School Gardens

REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens in low-income elementary schools and trains teachers how to use them to improve student engagement and academic achievement. Our learning gardens are outdoor classrooms that contain a variety of features – including earth science stations, perennial beds, and butterfly gardens – and are designed for ease of maintenance.  A diverse range of features helps enrich academic lessons for all elementary grade levels and subject areas.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter here.

Land’s Sake hiring Green Power Assistant Leader

Weston, Massachusetts

Green Power Assistant Leader

About Green Power
The Green Power program engages youth entering grades 6-9 and offers six independent weeks of full day sessions through the summer. This program is a local food immersion program focused on all aspects of food… growing, planting, cultivating, harvesting, distributing, and eating. Students participate in growing the Junior Farmer field, go on local agriculture field trips, participate in livestock management, learn about the hunger relief organizations Land’s Sake partners with, and cook a community meal with a chef.

About the Position 
The Green Power Leader’s primary goal is to deliver high quality summer programs.
With support from the Education Coordinator, the Green Power Leader is responsible for implementing the unique Green Power program. This position will include the additional responsibilities of: assisting with Education Garden preparation and maintenance, assisting with livestock care, general branch and organizational development and other non-education related tasks. The Green Power Leader 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 between the other branches of the organization are vital for this job; along with all staff, the Green Power Leader works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Job Responsibilities
Green Power:
● Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
● Implement mission-based curriculum
● Lead the Green Power Program with the Education Coordinator
● Communicate with parents as needed
● Write articles for the newsletter, blog posts, or social media updates as needed
● Gather weekly feedback from participants and parents

Other Responsibilities:
● Assist with management of the Junior Farmer Field
● Assist with the management of a variety of livestock
● Assist with overall development of the Education Branch and Land’s Sake programs
● Assist with other non-education related tasks as needed

Qualifications
● Applicant must have at least one year of college experience
● Teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting with proven ability around youth safety, group management and discipline
● Experience in leadership role at a camp, after school program, or other youth program
● At least one full season’s experience of farm work or experience in garden planning/management
● Experience with management of a variety of livestock
● The ability to multi-task and work independently
● Respectful, clear and patient interpersonal communication skill set that allows for collaborative work across departments
● Professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment
● Comfortable with public speaking and networking
● Access to a car and valid driver’s license
● Must be able to pass CORI check
● Current First Aid and CPR certification
● Basic computer and office skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc

Employment dates:
● Training/Program Planning: June 22nd-26th
● Programming: 8:00am-4:30pm, June 29th-August 7th
● Cleanup & Debrief: August 10th-12th

Please email 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 to amy@landssake.org, Deadline: March 31st, 2015. This position will be open until filled.