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Summer Educator at Lands Sake Farm - 15593

Job Title: 
Summer Educator
Lands Sake Farm
27 Crescent St.
02493 Weston , MA
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

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 interests to the program.

Successful candidates will enjoy 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.

As a small, tight-knit Education staff, 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 program 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 20th, 2022 and ends on August 26th, 2022.

Salary & Benefits:
- Salary: $15.50/hour
- Organic produce and flowers grown on the farm
- Paid sick time, in accordance with MA law

Duties & Responsibilities: 

- Lead nine 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 activities for our email 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
- 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

Education & Experience: 

Above all, must enjoy working with kids and being outdoors! But also must:
- Be at least 17 years old and at least three years of highschool experience
- Be able to attend staff training from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm the week of June 20st - June 24th, 2022
- Be able to work for all nine weeks of summer programming from Monday through Friday from June 27th - August 26th, from 8:00-3:00 each day, with additional hours for planning and cleaning up.
- Be able to attend a staff meeting on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00.
- 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 reliable transportation to get to the farm each day
- Be able to pass CORI / SORI check
- Hold First Aid and CPR certifications that will be valid from June 20 - August 26, 2022
- 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 forest
- 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

Application Instructions: 

Email your resume and a cover letter detailing your relevant skills, experience, and interests to Education Manager Katrina Goldowsky-Dill at education@landssake.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.

Job Categories: 
Education