Title: Farm Educator
Reports to: Food Love Farm Manager
Job status: One person at 25-31 hours per week or split between two people
Location: Food Love Farm, 16200 Lake Vera Rd. Nevada City
Compensation: $16.50 – 18/hr
Hours: 25+ hours/week from March 1 – November 30, 2022, and 40 hours/week during the 3 weeks of summer camp (1 week each in June, July, August).
Benefits: Sierra Harvest offers $50 wellness benefit per paycheck, 10 paid holidays days per year, vacation accrual.
About Sierra Harvest:
Sierra Harvest is a nonprofit dedicated to educating, inspiring and connecting the people of Nevada County to fresh, local, seasonal food. We train dozens of farmers, organize hundreds of community events, and educate over 9,500 school children. We envision a thriving local food economy and a network of financially viable farms providing good food for the community, where health and wellness is the norm and people of all ages are engaged in growing, harvesting, preparing, and sharing fresh food. We are creating a place where farmers thrive and residents of all ages have access to nutritious, whole food.
About the Food Love Farm:
Sierra Harvest's Food Love Farm is devoted to promoting nutrition education, food security, and community involvement. The farm hosts 2,000 visitors a year including hundreds of youth through summer camp and school field trips. Sierra Harvest supports children in understanding where real food comes from, how they can grow and prepare nutrient dense foods, and we provide experiences that influence and improve healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices for the rest of their lives.
Started as part of the living Lands Agrarian Network in 2010, the Food Love Farm (FLF) is a half-acre educational farm at the Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Burton Homestead. Specializing in growing a diversity of crops, the FLF provides hands-on education to our community in the form of field trips, volunteer days, service projects, summer day camp and U-pick vegetables. Much of our food is sold or donated to the Interfaith Food Ministry.
The Farm Educator must be physically capable, enthusiastic, highly motivated, dependable and professional. Key responsibilities will include: assisting with farm work, coordinating farm and administrative projects as needed; and serving as an educator at the Food Love Farm as the primary support for the Food Love Farm Manager.
• Assists with farm work for food production: field prep, greenhouse work, planting, harvesting, building projects and organization.
• Serves as an educator by creating lesson plans and activities, leading groups of students on field trips and at summer camp.
• Manages and tracks data from weekly on-farm U-Pick and other produce sales and distributions as needed.
• Assists with coordination of volunteers, field trips, and events as needed.
• Experience with farm-based education and farm work
• Experience writing and implementing garden-based education curriculum and lessons
• Knowledge of food systems and experience with food justice, social justice, and equity and inclusion work
• Flexibility (of mind and body)
• Self-starter, and ability to work independently
• Ability to work in the sun for 5+ hours in variable weather conditions
• Attention to detail
• Ability to do physical labor, to lift 40lb+
• Emotional maturity, treats others with kindness, respect, and compassion
• Commitment to honest, open communication
• Able to work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, and religion
• Valid driver's license and reliable transportation to get to farm in rural area
• Basic computer skills required such as email, Word, Excel
Prior experience as outlined above is preferred but not required. We value non-traditional education and accomplishments. If you do not meet the job requirements listed, please tell us why you might be a good fit anyway.
To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Farm Educator Position,” by January 28, 2022.