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Outdoor Educator at Friends of Holly Hill Farm, Inc. - 15090

Job Title: 
Outdoor Educator
Friends of Holly Hill Farm, Inc.
236 Jerusalem Road Friends of Holly Hill Farm, Inc.
02025 Cohasset , MA
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Part-Time
Job Description: 

Part-Time Outdoor Classroom Educator Job Posting
The Friends of Holly Hill Farm is the nonprofit educational organization that manages Holly Hill Farm, a certified organic vegetable, flower and herb farm in Cohasset, MA. The farm serves as the outdoor classroom for thousands of children, adults, and families who visit every year for school field trips, educational workshops, community events, farm to table dinners, field trips with scouts, church, or other community groups and much more. The Friends’ mission is to educate visitors of all ages about the value of sustainable and regenerative farming principles that result in healthy food and responsible stewardship that protects the land. An outgrowth of the mission to educate on the farm is a network of partnerships with 30 local schools where the Friends provide hands-on education programs in school garden settings for students.
About the Position
We are seeking part-time Outdoor Classroom Educators who will be responsible for facilitating educational programs on the farm and at school gardens throughout the school year (including winter) and summer. The on-the-farm programs are both morning and afternoon and reach age groups of 3--13. School programs are generally located within a 20-minute drive from Holly Hill Farm and serve grades Kindergarten to six (sometimes older). Mileage will be reimbursed. Schools also visit the farm for field trips and require educational facilitation. Time commitment will vary depending on the balance of on-the-farm and off-site programming the teacher is scheduled for. On-the-farm programming will be consistent with short breaks between seasons, whereas offsite and field trips are dependent on school needs. You can expect to work an average of 12 hours per week during the school year. Summer programming would be 20+ hours per week.

Educational curriculum on the farm ranges from such topics as basic plant parts and needs, organic farming, composting and vermiculture, and resource use to ecosystems, seasons, weather, and more. These programs are age appropriate and include many facets of science, math, language arts, and arts. Off-site lessons focus on the school gardens and the lessons happening within their own classrooms. This may include plant parts, insects, soil, and more with a series of curriculum resources that are provided.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Responsibilities:
Follow and adapt developed curriculum to each group needs
Prepare materials
Coordinate and plan with teachers (farm and school) and assistant teachers
Interact with program participants in an enthusiastic and friendly manner
Facilitate hands-on learning
Travel to school gardens off site to facilitate outdoor classroom school garden lessons
Lead at least three on-the-farm programs and one offsite program, depending on schedule
Lead at least 6 weeks of a summer camp program
Assist with record keeping and data collection
Help maintain the educational garden and educational spaces and materials
Special projects and other duties as assigned
nd facilitating outdoor education programs
Training and ongoing support provided
Work with a fun, dedicated team of staff and volunteers in a lively collaborative environment
Spend time outside in beautiful farm and school garden settings
Occasional farm fresh produce to take home and wonderful farm staff lunches & dinners
Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

Education & Experience: 

Qualifications:
BA / BS in Education, Science, Environmental Science, or a related discipline or a combination of relevant work experience and education
Prior experience and knowledge of gardening and sustainable farming practices preferred or willingness to learn more
2+ years of elementary teaching experience
Experience in outdoor education setting with children ages 3-14 preferred
Willingness to enthusiastically share knowledge about sustainable farming and gardening with students
Positive “can do” attitude
Ability to be flexible and function in a fast-paced work environment, working with a team of educators as well as teach and lead classes independently
Strong oral and written communication skills, organizational skills
Familiarity with Google applications (Drive, Docs, Sheets, etc.)
Must have reliable transportation and ability to carry materials to schools (plants, buckets, tools, etc.)
Must pass CORI/SORI
Benefits:
Opportunity to develop skills and experience teaching a

Application Instructions: 

How to apply:
Email Education Director, Bruce Frost (bruce@hollyhillfarm.org), or call 781-383-6565.

Job Categories: 
Education