The Trustees of Reservations

200 High St.
Boston, MA 02110


Date Posted:
April 05, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Seasonal Livestock Educator - Ipswich, MA


The Opportunity.?

Appleton Farms serves the schools and families of our community with immersive, experiential?youth?education. We build on the Trustees’ expertise in nature conservation, designed landscapes, regenerative agriculture, and culinary education to create our innovative STEAM-centered?and systems-based?curriculum.??


Reporting to?the?Education Manager at Appleton Farms,?the?Livestock Educator?will?support?Appleton Farms’?mission?in two capacities:?1) coordinating and?leading?public and youth livestock education programs such as weekend family programming and livestock camp and youth programs?under the management of the Education Manager; and?2)?oversee?the care and maintenance of?all Appleton?Farms education livestock?under the oversight of the Livestock Manager.?


Are you a Match??We are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who believes in our mission and wants to advance their career.?The ideal candidate will have a?demonstrated?passion for?place-based education, sustainable agriculture and local farming,?and?will bring?experience related?to?livestock care and customer service/education.?This position is highly independent and requires someone who is a self-starter with excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.?At least?three years?of?relevant?work?experience is?required.?

In This Role You Will:

The?Livestock Educator is a seasonal role starting in mid-late April running through the end of October. This role?will?work between 32-42 hours per week?on a Thursday-Sunday schedule, hours dependent on the season, animal needs, and public program schedule.?Full weekend (Saturday & Sunday) work required.??

Weekend, Family & Youth Livestock Education Program?

  • Execute?livestock?education programs, including but not limited to?weekend family programs, youth and camp livestock activities and lessons, preschool programs that are chaperones, and assist with other livestock education programs such as field study and school partnership programs.?

  • Work?directly?with?Education Manager?to?create, grow, and diversify a livestock education?program?at the farm.?

  • Manage a team of?part-time?weekend?educators?and program leaders.?

  • Work with Youth Programs Manager and Education Manager to create,?improve, and?build?comprehensive curriculum?focused on livestock education?for?livestock?education programs.?

  • Track?and?achieve?revenue and?membership?goals?for?all?livestock education?programs.?

  • Maintain?high standards of?education?and safety?for all education programs.?

  • Manage?ACME?system?including?program?registration?setup, registration, and?sales.?

  • Perform?all duties related to?execution of education programs including set up, break down, and education supply restocking.?

  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.?

Education Livestock?Management?

  • Work directly with the Livestock Manager to oversee?and manage?of the care and maintenance of all education livestock, which could include (but is not?necessarily?limited to): dairy cattle and calves, laying and broiler chickens, goats, sheep,?and rabbits.?

  • Work with Education Manager and Livestock Manager to identify and obtain livestock animals best suited for the education program.?

  • Manage a team of part-time staff and volunteers to assist with animal care and education programming.?

  • Track and maintain adherence?to a?budget?for education livestock, including animal feed, housing, veterinary care and other associated costs.?

  • Maintain?high standards of?care?and safety for all education?animals. Maintain the same high standards of safety for all staff, volunteers, youth, and the public when interacting with animals.?

  • Other administrative and operational duties as assigned with or without accommodation.?



  • Undergraduate degree, pursuit thereof, or equivalent experience?in?animal science?or other relevant field of study?

  • 1 year minimum experience directly related to the care and oversight of livestock such as cattle, goats, and chickens?

  • Experience working with youth and the public in an educational or customer service setting?

  • Background?CORI/SORI?check required annually.?


  • Quick learner; able to function and act independently?

  • Able?to work well with people in a team environment?

  • Excellent communication skills;?demonstrated experience in oral communication, persuasive writing, and training staff.?

  • Demonstrated ability to manage many deadlines,?tasks, and relationships.?

  • Strong organizational skills; ability to manage projects and workflow, using time and resources effectively.??

  • High regard for teamwork, collegiality, customer service and visitor experience.?

About Appleton Farms

Appleton Farms, established in 1638, is one the oldest continuously operating farms in the country. At almost 1000 acres, Appleton is a?regenerative?farm that grows healthy and delicious food?while supporting?a diverse ecological landscape where pollinators, birds, and wildlife thrive alongside our crops and livestock.?The farm hosts year-round educational programs and events that foster a sense of place and deep appreciation for local food, farms, history, and nature. Appleton?Farms?is one of The Trustees most prominent properties?and an?important platform for?engaging?people?in?the agricultural work of the organization.?

About The Trustees

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster.?Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care.?We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.


The Trustees has been featured in the Top 100 Women-Led Organizations in Massachusetts for six consecutive years.


In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of its team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.


The Trustees is a signer of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council and a Member of the Boston College Center for Work and Family.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

How To Apply:
Please apply online via The Trustees website linked here.
Apply by:
May 31, 2021
$0 - $30,000
About this Organization:
The Trustees of Reservations is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. We preserve and protect places of natural, scenic and historic beauty and hold these “reservations” in “trust” for public use and enjoyment. Our passion is to improve the quality of life in the Commonwealth, using our properties and their many programs as a powerful and compelling platform to engage more residents and visitors in our mission-driven work. We believe in protecting the irreplaceable forever, for everyone.  Today, we care for 117 special reservations -- from beaches to farms, gardens and historic sites – within minutes of every resident. Funded and supported entirely by our nearly 2 million visitors and supporters, and more than 60,000 member households, we invite you to find your place.