About Farm Discovery and Live Earth Farm:
Live Earth Farm, established in 1996, is a 150 acre diversified, organic, family farm overlooking the Pajaro Valley in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. We run a year round CSA with about 600 members, growing over 50 different fruits and vegetables surrounded by a native landscape of redwoods and oak woodland. Our produce is directly marketed through local farmer’s markets, restaurants, a thriving web store, and our weekly CSA program.
The education programs at Live Earth Farm began with the farm in 1996. Farm Discovery at Live Earth was formally established as a nonprofit organization in 2007 to compliment and expand the educational programs at Live Earth Farm. Farm Discovery hosts more than 3000 children on the farm each year for farm based, hands-on learning opportunities through 9 different programs. Learn more about us at farmdiscovery.org
Farm Discovery has a consistent track record of solid financial standing, and we’re on a growth trajectory. We are now looking for a new person to join our team and take a leadership position to drive our farm and food programming forward into our next decade of work. You should be ready to hit the ground running, implementing our existing crop plan and youth programming in your first year, with an eye toward farm/program development and innovation to take Farm Discovery to the next level shortly after.
We are looking for a highly competent, outgoing, detail-oriented and driven person to join our staff as Education Coordinator. Education programs include, but are not limited to: seasonal field trips and Farm Immersions (April-June &Sept-Nov), a weekly immersive program (Sept-June), a monthly Home School program (Sept-June), drop in programs (year round), Farm Camps, Summer Leader in Training and job programs (June-July), two large annual community events, a partnership with Food What?! (March-Oct) and will be adding a 10- month apprenticeship program. This position will work in concert with our Education Associate, and Executive Director in the planning, implementation, evaluation and development of these core programs, taking leadership in all aspects.
40+ hours per week, 8:30-4:30 and some weekends, with some flexibility
$35,000 a year, commensurate with experience, paid vacation, sick time and holidays. A benefits stipend is provided. We are a very small organization ready to grow with you. We believe in a living wage, we are very family friendly and we are working towards offering competitive salaries. Organic produce, milk, and pasture-raised eggs are available. A private yurt and communal kitchen and bath facility are available for $450/month.
Farm Discovery believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success and should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. This position description outlines primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but is not intended to be a comprehensive description of job responsibilities. We expect each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
Farm Discovery is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in its workforce. Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work directly as an employee for any employer in the United States without visa sponsorship.
Program Scheduling, Management, Outreach and Communications (33%)
Work with staff to quickly and efficiently manage fee and donation collection and invoicing
Support fundraising efforts
Maintain Farm Discovery contact and program participant database (Salesforce software)
Manage content of quarterly newsletter
Manage program related web, blog and social media content
Represent Farm Discovery at local events, networks and service club meetings
Assist in design of and manage outreach processes for programs
Participate in recruitment training and management of program staff and volunteers
Communicate quickly and effectively with clients, visitors, partners, volunteers and students
Work with Field Manager to maintain educational spaces including kitchen classroom, bathroom, garden and fields.
Perform periodic inventory of tools and supplies. Manage appropriate purchases and repairs
Design and manage events with collaboration from entire staff
Program Assessment, Evaluation and Data Management (33%)
Work with Executive Director and Development Coordinator to develop and implement assessments and program evaluation to measure program outcomes and provide data for grant writing and fundraising goals.
Document assessments and program evaluation
Recruit, train and oversee volunteer performed data entry
Maintain organized digital and paper program records
Program Design and Implementation (33%)
Run and/or manage the execution of programs including: field trips, Wavecrest, Farm Immersions, Farm Camps, Wee Ones and school partnerships
Implement Docent Program including recruitment, training, and cultivating docent relationships
Manage Food What?! and Wavecrest partnerships
Collaborate with Education Associate to develop garden and fields to support and enhance education programs
Design, revise, and review curriculum for current, pilot and future education programs
Interest in a long term position with room for growth.
Interest in non-profit administration
At least 2-5 years of organic farming production including crop planning, greenhouse, irrigation, cultivation, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest handling, CSA/market, and cover crop experience. Farm and crew management experience strongly preferred.
Experience working with youth of all ages, infants through college age.
Significant cooking experience—catering experience a plus.
Strong facilitation and group management skills, especially in an outdoor education setting.
Knowledge of and experience with low-income communities and underserved communities of color.
Passion for building community and deep relationships through food and agriculture.
Positive, creative, flexible, and takes initiative.
Ability to work independently, in team setting, and in fast-paced, dynamic environment.
Completes tasks successfully and within specified deadlines: demonstrates strong time management skills implementing programs on time and on budget.
Dependable with thorough follow through.
Ability to handle multiple programs/projects at once; strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Good communication skills: verbal, written, electronic and with a variety of audiences.
Highly competent in use of computers and necessary technology on a daily basis; additional software experience a plus (salesforce, farm management tools, social media).
Physically fit to meet the demands of working on farm with youth, experience/ability to dig beds by hand and with a BCS and the ability to lift 50lbs.
Utilizes and can exemplify tools or strategies for maintaining self-care and personal well-being.
Willingness to work non-traditional hours, including evenings and weekends as farm/programs demand.
Valid California Driver’s license and vehicle for personal travel.
Cultural identity and lived experience relevant to the youth we serve.
Rooted in Santa Cruz County, particularly the Pajaro Valley.
Experience driving a tractor or a commitment to learning.
This is a long-term position and we are looking for someone who wants to grow with our non-profit over the years.
A cover letter that shares the unique skills you bring to the table and includes the date or range of timing you are interested/available to start
A resume with at least two professional references
We will begin reviewing and accepting candidate material immediately.
Job Type: Full-time