Land’s Sake Summer Educator
Founded in 1980, Land's Sake is a nonprofit community farm whose mission is connecting people to the land to build community and inspire lifelong stewardship. We grow fresh produce using organic practices, sell our produce through our CSA and at our Farmstand, and donate at least 20% of what we grow to local hunger relief organizations. Our education department provides a wide variety of year-round farm education programming for all ages, from after school programs and school field trips to community events and summer programs. Throughout all that we offer, we seek to create positive outdoor experiences. To learn more about this unique nonprofit, please visit: www.landssake.org.
Land’s Sake Educators work in a team to deliver high quality educational programming to groups of up to 12 elementary and/or middle schoolers throughout the summer. Our programs run for nine sessions, each a week long. Educators will be primarily responsible for one of the following groups: Farm and Forest (1st through 3rd grade), Junior Farmers (4th and 5th grade), or Green Power (6th through 9th grade). Educators will work with a Lead Educator to develop and co-lead programming specific to their interests (the Lead will take primary responsibility for curriculum, but we expect the Educator and Lead Educator to work and teach as a team). Educators will be trained on activities relating to food, farming, and outdoor play, and will have the opportunity to bring their passions and interest to the program.
Successful candidates will have a love of working outdoors and with children, and will have childcare experience (through camps, babysitting, volunteer work, tutoring, etc). Enthusiasm for vegetables, silly songs, art, cooking, and tree climbing all encouraged.
We have a small group of staff working in our summer education programs, so we all wear many hats (sometimes literally, but generally figuratively). Additional responsibilities may include: assisting with Education Garden preparation and maintenance, helping with livestock care, leading farm tours for visiting groups, and helping to keep our farm education area clean, safe, and happy.
This is a seasonal, full-time, at-will position and will be supervised by the Education Manager. The position starts on June 21st, 2021 and ends on August 27th, 2021.
Above all, must enjoy working with kids and being outdoors! But also must:
Be at least 19 years old or have had at least one year of college experience
Be able to attend staff training from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm the week of June 21st - June 25th, 2021
Be able to work for all eight weeks of Farm & Forest from Monday through Friday from June 28th - August 20th (with hours varying between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm each day, with a total of 40 hours a week) and for an extra week of farm education programs from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm the week of August 23rd - 27th.
Have experience working with children through camp, school, after school program, tutoring, babysitting or the like.
Have some sort of hands-on gardening or farming experience
Be comfortable working outdoors in all weather
Be comfortable working with a variety of farm animals
Have the ability to remain calm, patient, and upbeat around groups of energetic children for up to seven hours at a time.
Have a professional character that is consistent, responsible, self directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure and a sense of humor in a changing environment
Be comfortable with public speaking and networking
Have effective written and verbal communication skills
Have access to a car and valid driver’s license
Be able to pass CORI / SORI check
Hold First Aid and CPR certifications that will be valid from June 21 - August 27, 2021
Knowledge of second language a plus
Must be able to maintain visual and auditory awareness of a group
Must be able to negotiate various types of terrain on the farm and in the
Must be able to communicate (both written and verbally) clearly and effectively
with staff, participants, and other constituents
Must be able to lift and carry up to fifty pounds
Salary & Benefits:
Organic produce and flowers grown on the farm
Paid sick time, in accordance with MA law
Equal Opportunity Policy:
Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. Diversity and inclusion is an ongoing organizational practice and a core value of Land’s Sake, with the goal of having culturally competent services, materials, resources and programs. Our hiring practices are informed by an appreciation of the strengths offered by differing cultures, races, religions, ethnicities, classes, sexual orientations, physical capacities, and age groups.
Lead eight weeks of summer programming with a Lead Educator
Teach daily outdoor lessons related to farm education, including but not limited to: gardening, nutrition, plant science, local food systems, basic cooking, animal care, nature crafts, outdoor games, etc.
Create safe opportunities for outdoor exploration and active play.
Communicate effectively with summer program participants, fellow staff members in all farm departments, farm visitors, and parents
Contribute to writing a weekly recap of Farm & Forest activities to send out in a newsletter and help with social media updates as needed
Assist with management of the Education Garden
Assist with management of a variety of livestock (chickens, rabbits, sheep, and goats)
Assist with other related farm or education tasks as needed
Occasionally lead farm tours for visiting groups
Help teach a weeklong custom end-of-the-summer education program the week of August 23rd - 27th, 2021.
Work with children of all genders, from diverse cultural, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and from diverse family structures
Create a physically and emotionally safe and inclusive space for summer program participants and fellow staff
Please email your resume and a cover letter detailing how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position and how you heard about this opportunity to Education Manager Katrina Goldowsky-Dill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the job title in your subject line. We will accept applications on a rolling basis and will remove this job posting from the Land’s Sake website when all positions have been filled. If you have a strong preference for one of the groups (Farm and Forest, Junior Farmers or Green Power), please make a note in your application.