Midland School, a distinctive, co-educational boarding school for grades 9-12, is seeking an enthusiastic and hardworking person to join our educational community and organic farm as a farm assistant with student supervisory and educational duties. Ideally the candidate would have organic farming experience, a passion for organic agriculture, and willingness to thoughtfully engage with our community of employee residents and high school students. The position is physically demanding, particularly during the summer months. The primary duties are listed below and the candidate must possess the minimum qualifications shown below. The position reports directly to our Farm Manager and Educator. This is a full-time position with benefits including retirement, medical, life/ADD, disability, and on-campus housing. Our campus residential community is filled with outdoor enthusiasts, farmers, animal lovers, artists and, of course, friendly and talented staff.
Assist in all aspects of organic farming: seeding, planting, weeding, bed prep, cultivation, pruning, and harvesting. Assist with all post-harvest work. Work alongside and educate student workers during our farm sport, internships, and experiential learning programs. Supervise students in a residential setting. Assist in the clean-up and maintenance of the farm including ensuring areas are free of safety hazards. Assist with proper function and maintenance of farm support mechanisms and equipment including water, power, and machinery. Support Farm Manager on coordinating with Kitchen Manager regarding the kitchen’s produce needs and availability of farm produce .
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ability to work hard in a physically demanding position. Well-organized, self-motivated, and self-directed. Enthusiasm for organic farming and working with teenagers. Willingness to follow directions. Flexibility to adapt to changing farm needs. Ability to work as a team and collaborate with others. Positive attitude, high energy. Ability to pass criminal background & driving tests. Health clearance for TB screening & vaccinations.
ADDITIONAL DESIRED EXPERIENCE:
Working on an organic farm. Operating farming equipment. Working with teenagers. Working in a residential or boarding educational environment.
This position is open until filled. The start date is as soon as possible. Applicants should first carefully review the minimum qualifications and the Midland School website to learn more about our school. If interested, submit the following as a single PDF file titled "lastname_firstname_Mid_FarmAsst_2022-23" to Karrie Glines, Assistant to the Head of School at email@example.com:
Short cover letter that addresses the alignment of your experience and interests with the qualifications outlined above and Midland School’s mission; Current resume; Midland Employment Application form; List of 3-5 references.