Land’s Sake seeks Lead Educators for our 2022 summer programs. Lead Educators will be responsible for co-planning and co-delivering high quality educational programming for up to 12 elementary or middle school-aged youth for nine, week-long, full day summer programs. Lead 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 8th grade). Specific program descriptions are below. Lead Educators will be trained on activities relating to food, farming and outdoor play. With past years’ schedules as a guide, Lead Educators will design activities, games, and curriculum for their groups which fulfill program goals. We enjoy giving our educators the creative freedom to bring their passions and interests to the program.
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.
Successful candidates will be highly motivated, organized, great with teaching a range of ages, experienced in behavior management, and able to communicate well with students, staff, and parents. Previous farm or garden experience is a benefit, and staff must be comfortable working around a variety of animals, including chickens, rabbits, sheep, and goats (basic training will be provided). An interest in cooking, carpentry, food justice, and/or art are also bonuses. Lead Educators work collaboratively with other staff to effectively manage the inherent risks of working on a farm, maintain tools and materials, and implement best practices for sustainable food production and land management. Effective communication with the other branches of our organization are vital for this job; all Land's Sake staff work together to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.
As a small, tight-knit Education staff, we all wear many hats (sometimes literally, but generally figuratively). Additional responsibilities of our summer educators may include: assisting with garden preparation and maintenance, helping with livestock care, leading farm tours for visiting groups, and helping to keep our program areas clean, safe, and happy.
Farm & Forest:
Farm & Forest is a farm education program dedicated to building meaningful community and connections to the land for youth entering grades 1 - 3. Participants learn useful gardening skills, explore farm habitats, and care for our resident farm animals. Daily activities include nature games, creating seasonal crafts, reading stories, making delicious snacks with farm fresh produce, and engaging in active outdoor play.
The Junior Farmer summer program is designed for youth entering grades 4-5 to get a more hands-on experience with the work behind running a farm. Participants learn more advanced growing techniques in the Junior Farmer field, create artwork for the education garden, learn to cook with fresh picked produce, and help with animal care. Days are rounded out with games, tree-climbing, and more.
Green Power, for youth entering grades 6 through 8, is a local food immersion program focused on all aspects of fresh, local food: growing, planting, cultivating, harvesting, distributing, and eating! Students will learn how to grow vegetables in the Junior Farmer Field, help with livestock management, participate in hunger relief projects, and more! Highlights from Green Power include eating blueberries picked right from the bush, building obstacle courses for baby goats, cooking a community meal with a local chef, and meeting the people driving the sustainable food movement in the Boston area.
- Direct the day to day function of their assigned summer program group, with the assistance of another educator
- Plan and 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
- Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with fellow educators, community partners/organizations, and other Land’s Sake staff
- Manage behavior of the youth in the group
- Give direction to high school volunteers
- Communicate effectively with summer program participants, fellow staff members in all farm departments, farm visitors, and parents
- Gather weekly feedback from participants and families
- Collaboratively produce 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
- Assist with other related farm and 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
Above all, must enjoy working with kids and being outdoors! But also must:
- Hold a college degree (preferably in education, social work, horticulture, farming, environmental science, environmental education, or a related field. Relevant work experience is also welcome)
- Be able to attend staff training from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm the week of June 20th - 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, and additional hours for planning and clean-up as necessary for a total of 35-40 hours a week
- Be available Tuesdays from 3-4 for a staff meeting
- Have experience in a leadership role at a camp, school, after school program, or other youth program, with proven ability around youth safety, group management and discipline
- Be comfortable working outdoors in all weather
- 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 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 20th - August 26th, 2022
Email your resume and a cover letter detailing your relevant skills, experience, and interests, 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.