Summer Camp Instructor, June-August

Position overview

Oxbow Education (“OxEd”) is seeking Kids’ Farm Summer Camp Instructors to lead summer camp groups for 5 one-week day camp sessions and contribute to seasonal special events as needed. Summer Camp Instructors will lead campers in groups of 9-12, ages 4-12, during day camp sessions. As a Camp Instructor, you will facilitate a successful camp experience for campers by keeping them engaged with a variety of educational games and activities, while being responsible for their safety and a majority of their daily schedule.

Summer Camp Instructors will lead and develop nature- and farm-based activities, and will have the opportunity to learn more about organic farming and environmental education. This position would be a great fit for an energetic person who enjoys and appreciates the outdoors and who has experience leading summer camp groups and facilitating outdoor games and activities.

Camp instructors must be available to work all training and camp weeks, see details below.

Job responsibilities

  • Lead your weekly group of campers, ages 4-6 or 7-12 in farm- and nature-based camp activities
  • Ensure safety of campers
  • Contribute to planning and prep in advance of summer camp sessions
  • Plan and lead the day-to-day activities of your summer camp group
  • Facilitate games, songs, stories, and activities
  • Participate in all-camp activities
  • Behavioral management of campers
  • Work with and give direction to volunteer(s) assigned to your group
  • Assist in set-up and clean-up of daily camp activities
  • Participate in debriefing meetings to assist other Instructors in group success

Qualifications

  • Previous summer camp instructor experience
  • High-energy and playful
  • Exceptionally positive attitude
  • Self-driven and motivated
  • Experience facilitating educational outdoor games and activities
  • Ability to do light physical work, including standing for several hours
  • Experience working with children, especially ages 4-12
  • Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Positive leadership skills
  • Flexible, creative, and able to perform well in diverse conditions and under pressure
  • A musical inclination, video or photo editing skills, theatrical experience or any other sort of artistic expertise is a plus! Please make note of any skills you have in your cover letter.

Additional desired qualities include: environmentally conscious, detail oriented, self-motivated, energetic, and professional.

The Oxbow Education is part of a larger non-profit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical.

Compensation

This is a seasonal, full-time position, paying $12 – $14 per hour, DOE, with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields.

Hours

40 hours per week during training and camp weeks, listed below. Additional weekend hours for Oxbow special events (such as birthday parties or picnics), as needed. Approximately 8 hours per off-week of summer camp is available for planning and preparing for upcoming camp sessions.

Candidates must be available for ALL of the following dates:

  • Staff training: June 19-23
  • Session 1: June 26-30
  • Session 2: July 10-14
  • Session 3: July 24-28
  • Session 4: July 31-Aug 4
  • Session 5: Aug.14-18

Reports to

The Ox Ed Program Coordinator, with oversight from the Ox Ed Program Manager.

To apply

Please read carefully, incomplete applications will not be considered. Email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

Megan Boyce-Jacobs
Finance & Operations Manager
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
thedirt@oxbow.org

Please write Summer Camp position in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, May 21st

Farm Production Crew Lead

Position overview

As a skilled member of our Production Crew with demonstrable field leadership experience, you will have the opportunity to work within all aspects of our operation, including in the field, pack shed, and occasional order delivery. With proper training and oversight, you will lead the harvest crew, and field-work projects such as transplanting, hand-weeding, and irrigating. Based on experience and aptitude, you will be trained to operate machinery and use implements for harvest and cultivation. In addition, you will work in the propagation house as well as participate in post-harvest handling, CSA packing, cleaning, and deliveries.

We harvest, wash, and pack product daily for our CSA program, wholesale, and restaurant accounts. Strong attention to detail and operating efficiently while performing time-sensitive tasks in a rapidly changing environment are a must for this position.

Our operation functions at a very unique scale requiring a great deal of manual labor as well as sophisticated mechanization. This is a seasonal, hourly position with a 5-6 day work week and up to 60 hours/week at peak season, with reduced hours in the shoulder months. Opportunity for year-round employment is strong for the right candidate.

Job Responsibilities

Field:

  • Harvesting of produce quickly, efficiently, and consistently for a variety of accounts
  • Transplanting crops quickly and efficiently
  • Cultivation of crops by hand and with various equipment
  • Irrigation set up and maintenance
  • Fertilizing
  • Mechanical pest control
  • Tracking and Documenting a number of details related to each crop
  • Field construction, such as trellising and high tunnels
  • Grass mowing and weed whacking

Post-Harvest Handling and Processing:

  • Post-harvest handling, including receiving and processing of produce quickly, efficiently, and consistently for a variety of accounts
  • Consistently rotating stock and maintaining product inventory
  • Communicating with appropriate project lead, either the Pack Shed Coordinator or the Farm Sales Coordinator, when issues arise that impact order fulfillment or CSA pack out
  • Packing CSA and Fruit Shares
  • Pack Shed safety upkeep and hygiene cleanliness
  • Delivering orders

General Farm Production Team:

  • Act as a crew leader to track project time and communicate with Assistant Farm Manager and Pack Shed Coordinator regarding project-specific information
  • Working and tracking within GAPS/FSMA food safety regulations
  • Maintaining a smooth, timely flow with team members while working through projects
  • Making sound judgment calls on product grading and time management

Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years production farm experience
  • Small engine operation and tractor experience
  • Crew management experience
  • Ability to give direction and perform in a leadership capacity
  • Physical dexterity and agility necessary in all aspects of the job for safety and efficiency
  • Punctual with good time management skills
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Positive, energetic interpersonal skills
  • Strong back; able to lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 75 lbs.
  • Work well independently and in a team setting
  • Fast, adaptable learner
  • Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Clear, consistent communication
  • Flexibility within a multicultural, dynamic organization
  • Ability to work for long durations in inclement weather – standing, sitting, bending over, or kneeling
  • Capability to perform repetitive physical work with endurance
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus

Additional desired qualities include: environmentally conscious, detail oriented, self-motivated, energetic, and professional.

The Oxbow production farm is part of a larger non-profit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical.

Compensation

This is a seasonal, full-time position, paying $13-$15 per hour, DOE, with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields. Opportunity for year-round employment for the right candidate.

Reports to

Assistant Farm Manager with oversight from the Farm Manager.

To apply

Please read carefully, incomplete applications will not be considered. Email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

Megan Boyce-Jacobs
Finance & Operations Manager
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
 thedirt@oxbow.org

Please write Farm Production Crew Lead in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Deadline to apply: Open until filled.

 Seasonal Farm Production Crew – May through November

Position Overview

As a member of our energetic Farm Production Crew you will have the opportunity to work within all aspects of our operation, including in the field, pack shed, and order delivery. Your primary responsibilities will be harvesting, propagation house, hand-weeding, hoeing, transplanting, post-harvest handling, CSA packing, cleaning, and deliveries. We harvest, wash, and pack product daily for our CSA program, wholesale, and restaurant accounts. Strong attention to detail and operating efficiently while performing time-sensitive tasks in a rapidly changing environment are a must for this position.

Our operation functions at a very unique scale requiring a great deal of manual physical labor as well as sophisticated mechanization. This is a seasonal, hourly position with a 5-6 day work week. Hours may be variable and long depending on the time of year.

Job Responsibilities

Field:

  • Harvesting of produce quickly, efficiently, and consistently for a variety of accounts
  • Transplanting crops quickly and efficiently
  • Cultivation of crops by hand and with various tools
  • Irrigation set up and maintenance
  • Fertilizing
  • Mechanical pest control
  • Field construction, such as trellising and high tunnels
  • Grass mowing and weed whacking

Post-Harvest Handling and Processing:

  • Post-harvest handling, including receiving and processing of produce quickly, efficiently, and consistently for a variety of accounts
  • Consistently rotating stock and maintaining product inventory
  • Communicating with appropriate project lead, either the Pack Shed Coordinator or the Farm Sales Coordinator, when issues arise that impact order fulfillment or CSA pack out
  • Packing CSA and Fruit Shares
  • Pack Shed safety upkeep and hygiene cleanliness
  • Order deliveries

General Farm Production Team:

  • Tracking project time and communicating with Assistant Farm Manager, Pack Shed Coordinator, or designated crew leader if forecast can’t be met
  • Working and tracking within GAPS/FSMA food safety regulations
  • Maintaining a smooth, timely flow with team members while working through projects
  • Making sound judgment calls on product grading and time management

Qualifications

  • At least one year previous farming experience preferred
  • Small engine operation and tractor experience a plus
  • Physical dexterity and agility necessary in all aspects of the job for safety and efficiency
  • Punctual with good time management skills
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Positive, energetic interpersonal skills
  • Strong back; able to lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 75 lbs.
  • Work well independently and in a team setting
  • Fast, adaptable learner
  • Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Ability to give direction and act in lead role when necessary
  • Clear, consistent communication
  • Flexibility within a multicultural, dynamic organization
  • Ability to work for long durations in inclement weather – standing, sitting, bending over, or kneeling
  • Capability to perform repetitive physical work with endurance
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus

Additional desired qualities include: environmentally conscious, detail oriented, self-motivated, energetic, and professional.

The Oxbow production farm is part of a larger non-profit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical.

Compensation

This is a seasonal, full-time position, paying $11-$13 per hour, DOE, with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields.

Reports to

Assistant Farm Manager with oversight from the Farm Manager.

To apply

Please read carefully, incomplete applications will not be considered. Email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

Megan Boyce-Jacobs
Finance & Operations Manager
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
thedirt@oxbow.org

Please write Seasonal Farm Crew in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Deadline to apply: Open until filled.