Camp Educators, also referred to as Farm-Based Educators (FBEs) are responsible for the implementation, and evaluation of?farm-based?educational programming during 10 weeks of summer programs. Development of programming is encouraged but we also provide pre-planned lessons to give farm-based educators a launching?point.?These programs include a weeklong day camp for age 4, Sprouts, and a?Wee Farmers group, a four-mornings-per-week parent and child program for 2-4 year?olds.??
We are looking to hire a Sprouts Instructor as well as?a Wee Farmer?Instructor.?Due to the?similarities?of these roles, this is a joint job description, but please note the differences listed under?“duration or employment and required?hours”?and?“essential duties and responsibilities”.?
Educators are expected to model and impart The FARM Institute mission and values through example and engagement with their students, families, and farm visitors. FBEs should be prepared to perform other farm work if necessary.?
In This Role You Will:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:?
• Support the wellbeing of self, campers, and fellow staff?
• Design and implement curriculum based on food, farming, and resource management with support from The FARM Institute’s staff?
• Lead a group of students, age 4, for weeklong programs?(Sprouts Instructor)?
• Lead?a group of parent and child participants, ages 2-4, for?two day?sessions, twice a week?(Wee Farmer Instructor)?
• Manage one to two Farm Based Educators in Training (age 14-17) as part of your group?(Sprouts only)?
• Plan daily?age appropriate?activities and design weekly farm projects?
• Lead plant and animal farm chores with children?
• Maintain reflection and planning worksheets?
• Meet periodically with the Education Manager to evaluate experience and performance?
• Communicate with parents regarding questions and farm awareness?
• Perform daily facility chore and lead daily classroom cleanup?
•?Ensure safety of campers and staff by closely following all COVID-19 protocols?
• Other responsibilities as designated by the Education Manager?
A Bachelor’s degree in environmental or agricultural education, the sciences, education, or other relevant course of study is preferred, but not?required?
Early childhood experience working as a camp counselor, classroom teacher, or informal educator with children under?5?
Must be outgoing, have a willingness to learn, and bring joy and enthusiasm to work every?day?
Experience with and enjoy working with children in an outdoor?setting?
A desire to share your passion for the natural world with?children?
Knowledge of or interest in farm-based education, food, and sustainability?
Skills in gardening, cooking, livestock handling, environmental education, fiber arts or carpentry are preferred, but not?required?
A familiarity with The FARM Institute and The Trustees of Reservations helpful?
Must be available for camp staff training week and all 9 weeks of?camp?
A satisfactory criminal background check (CORI and SORI)?
CPR and Basic First Aid certifications required by June 1st,?2021?
Able and willing to work outdoors in variable weather?conditions?
Able and willing to wear a mask and?conform?to all best COVID-19 best?practices?
Please upload a resume?summarizing your education and work history, a cover letter telling us a little about yourself, and a statement of purpose describing your philosophy of education and your interest in working at The Farm Institute.?Applications will not be reviewed without these supporting documents.?This position will fulfill internship credits for relevant majors.?
Duration of Employment and Required Hours:?
Orientation for a Sprouts educator is mandatory and will run for 10 days between?Monday, June 7th and Friday, June 18th. Our summer programming is 10 weeks in duration – beginning Monday June 21st, 2021 and ending August 27th, 2021.?Work hours are from 8:00am to 1:00pm Monday-Friday.??
Wee Farmers also runs?10?weeks in duration – beginning Monday June 21st, 2021 and ending August 27th, 2021.?Work hours are from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM Tuesday-Friday. The actual program runs from 9:30?AM?to 11:00?AM, Tuesday through Friday.?
Extra work hours are required for Meals in the Meadow, our?annual?farm to table fundraiser and the 4th?of July Parade?(both COVID dependent).?Additional hours are available for farm stand help, engagement and workshop programming assistance, as well as weekly farmer’s market half days.??
Note:Although?The?FARM Institute is a working farm, we unfortunately do not have staff housing available. Since rental properties on the island can be difficult to come by during the summer tourist season, TFI staff acts as liaisons to aid new hires in locating and securing summer rentals.?
*?We are participating in a public RFP process to hopefully continue our work as the education partner at Katama Farm, which with the current timeline from the town, should be concluded by early May. In the meantime, we are moving forward with our camp planning process, pending the outcome of the RFP. Although there is still much uncertainty and we cannot officially extend any job offers at this time, we are optimistic and encourage those interested to enter the application process so that we can be ready with job offers for qualified candidates if we are the recipients of the lease. *?
About The Farm Institute
The FARM Institute, located on the?historic?Katama Farm?on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts,?providing year-round, farm-based educational programs.?Programs focus on farming, sustainability, nutrition, and land stewardship.?
About The FARM Institute Farm Camp
The Farm Institute’s Farm Camp seeks to create a safe, accessible, fun, and enriching educational?environment?for all campers. By incorporating STEM standard-based lessons with farm chores, projects, and games, our campers make real-life connections to what they learn in school while strengthening their connection to the food we eat and the land that sustain us. To learn more about Farm Camp, visit us at?http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/summer-camps/farm-camp/?.?
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.
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