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Summer Educator At Newton Community Farm

Newton Community Farm, Inc. is hiring a summer educator for our nine-week 2022 summer program. We seek an individual who is passionate about local, sustainable agriculture and working in a community-oriented environment. The summer educator is someone who enjoys helping young people make connections with farming, food, and nature, and who can bring energy and joy to their work every day.

Position Description/Responsibilities

The summer educator is responsible for assisting in all aspects of our education programming and reports directly to the director of education. The primary duty of the summer educator is to help facilitate our summer classes, with a paid week of training and onboarding before classes begin. We run two classes per day, one for 5–8-year-olds in the morning and one for 8–12-year-olds in the afternoon, with classes capped at 12 students in each group. The morning class meets from 9:00–11:30 and the afternoon class meets from 1:30–4:00. Classes will be led and planned by our director of education, with the assistance of the summer educator in execution, set up, and breakdown each day.

Some examples of the types of activities we plan on doing this summer:

  • Uncovering the different life cycles that exist across our beautiful space
  • Making observations about the plants growing around the farm
  • Harvesting vegetables and cooking a quick garden snack
  • Tending to our learning garden
  • Creating art projects inspired by our surroundings

The ideal candidate is someone interested in environmental education and working to grow their skills as an educator. We offer support and mentorship to the summer educator in delivering our summer classes, as they gain hands-on time spent delivering content across multiple age groups. We require a candidate who is committed to providing a safe, nurturing experience for children throughout the duration of the summer.

Qualifications

  • 1-2 years of experience working with children, preferably in an outdoor or culinary setting
  • Passionate about farm-based education
  • General knowledge or interest in horticulture, nature, farming, or food production
  • Experience in engaging with Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and how they present themselves in food, farming, and education
  • A commitment to anti-racist, anti-bias teaching practices

Hours, Salary & Benefits

Our goal is to farm in a way that is sustainable not only for the land but also for the workers. Our work week is Monday through Friday and averages 40 hours per week, with the majority of time spent outside. This position starts on June 27 and ends on September 2. Pay is $18 per hour.

How to Apply

Send your resume and a brief letter of interest to Matt Durham, Director of Education at matt@newtoncommunityfarm.org

Please note the title of the position in the subject line. References may be requested subsequently.

Newton Community Farm is an equal opportunity employer. We will review all applications and honor experiences that do not explicitly meet our qualifications as we build a more diverse team.

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