The Education Associate will co-lead the food, farming and nature education programming, including an apprentice program, new youth development programs and support all education programs. This includes the associated outreach through promotional activities, materials and the management and recruitment of volunteers, interns, apprentices and docents.
Farming: components include co-managing the up to 1-acre Discovery Garden, Education Fields, pygmy goats and chicken flocks, as well as, coordinating with farm staff and volunteers to accomplish large seasonal projects.
Programs: We run seasonal field trips and Farm Immersions (February-June & Sept-Nov), a weekly program with Santa Cruz Montessori (Sept-June), a monthly Home School program (Sept-June), drop in programs (year round), Summer Farm Camps, Summer Leader in Training and job programs (June-July), a partnership with Food What?! (March-Oct), a 10- month apprenticeship, a produce distribution program (year-round), field and garden volunteers (year-round). During the pandemic we have constantly adjusted and developed programs to best serve the needs of our community.
Events: Sheep to Shawl Fair, Supporters Picnic, Fall Feast, Harvest Festival, Farm U-pick Events
The Education Associate will work with our Education Director and Executive Director in the planning, implementation, evaluation (data collection) and development of these core programs and events.
The Education Associate engages and inspires the youth and families we serve about multiple aspects of the food system from production to consumption to food justice.
Working with the Education Director on farming and culinary curriculum creation, revision, and implementation for all programming
Co-Manage seasonal and day-to-day organic farming operations with ongoing coordination with Live Earth Farm production operations
Co-manage educational fields & gardens (planning, propagation and greenhouse work, crop planning, planting and rotation, soil fertility, composting, perennial fruit tree and berry care, harvesting, post harvest handling, irrigation, pest and disease control)
Co-manage goat herd and flocks of chickens through overseeing daily and long term husbandry. Facilitate planning and raising of baby chicks
Lead farm tours and teach organic farming/gardening skills, environmental stewardship and nutrition.
Maintain order and cleanliness of the Education Barn, Kitchen Classroom, and restroom
Support program, development and administration staff on big events including Sheep to Shawl Fair, Harvest Festival and Fall Feast, as well as smaller community building and fundraising events (Supporter’s Picnic, Holiday Sip & Shop, Land Stewardship Workdays, etc.)
Participate in development of programs
Participate in program evaluation (quantitative and qualitative)
Training and supervision of seasonal program staff, interns, and field/animal volunteers
Restocking supplies and keeping tabs on necessary inventory of needs (animals, fields, facilities, arts/crafts)
Help create and share outreach materials for education programs
Build community relations & network to help broaden the organizations scope
Social media, marketing, blog entries
Understanding of Live Earth Farm Discovery Program Policies, Staff Bios, Community Agreements, Staff Schedule
Commitment to great customer service during educational programs, including volunteer engagement
Passion for building community and deep relationships through food and agriculture
Positive, creative, flexible, and takes initiative
Ability to work independently, in a team setting, and in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
Complete tasks successfully and within specified deadlines: demonstrate strong time management skills implementing programs on time and on budget
Dependable with thorough follow through
Ability to balance multiple programs/projects at once; strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Good communication skills: verbal, written, electronic and with a variety of audiences
Desire to learn and ask questions; openness to different ideas/ways of doing things; think about what you are learning, what you do not know, observe & take notes of your observations; program debriefs
Highly competent in use of computers and necessary technology on a daily basis; additional software experience a plus (Salesforce, Google Applications, social media)
Physically fit to meet the demands of working on a farm with youth, experience/ability to dig beds by hand and the ability to lift 50lbs
Utilize and can exemplify tools or strategies for maintaining self-care and personal wellbeing to implement work/life balance
Willingness to work non-traditional hours, including evenings and weekends as farm/programs demand
Spanish Speaking preferred
At least 1 year of farming experience preferred
If you are interested in this position please fill out the form at the following link and include a resume and cover letter.