Seasonal Educator & Kids’ Farm Assistant (March – November)

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Seasonal Educator & Kids’ Farm Assistant supports the Kids’ Farm Coordinator with farming tasks in the education spaces and assists with environmental education program delivery. A primary role of this position is farming and gardening under the direction of the Kids’ Farm Coordinator including actively contributing to the planting, sowing, weeding, mulching, harvesting, seed-saving and general upkeep of OxEd two-acre Kids’ Farm and Living Playground, and facilitation of children’s farming & gardening activities.

Educational roles include leading field trip programming for three seasons of on-farm fieldtrips (Spring, Summer, and Fall) and serving as a camp instructor for 11-14-year-old campers for two, week-long camp sessions. This position also contributes to program development, volunteer & staff trainings and camp training, working to ensure the success of Oxbow’s environmental education.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

In collaboration with the OxEd program team the Seasonal Educator & Kids’ Farm Assistant is responsible for the following key functions:

Farming & Gardening [50%]

  • Assist with planting, sowing, weeding, mulching, irrigating, harvesting and seed-saving
  • Assist with general maintenance and upkeep of Ox Ed infrastructure and two-acre Kids’ Farm and Living Playground
  • Contribute to signage and features of the space, working to ensure the area is engaging and informative for self-guided and guided exploration, and aligned with Oxbow’s master communication and signage plan

Environmental Education & Public Engagement [25%]

  • Deliver field trips and environmental education (EE) programming, contribute to program development & enhancement
  • Contribute to volunteer trainings
  • Collaborate on special projects, programs, and partnerships
  • Support development and delivery of EE programming for 2-4 Oxbow Saturdays

Summer Camp [15%]

  • Assist in preparing for Oxbow’s 7-sessions of summer camp and act as Summer Camp Instructor for our two weeks of Dig Deeper camp (Ages 11-14)
  • Contribute to planning and prep in advance of summer camp sessions
  • Plan and lead most day-to-day activities of your summer camp group
  • Facilitate games, songs, stories, and activities
  • Participate in all-camp activities & farm tasks
  • Behavioral management of campers and parent communication
  • Work with and give direction to volunteer(s) assigned to your group, or the pre-teens during camp collaboration times
  • Set-up and clean-up of daily camp activities

General [10%]

  • Ensure Oxbow Education objectives, strategies and messages are aligned with and supportive of Oxbow’s mission and strategic plan
  • Work cross-functionally with program teams to ensure efficient and effective communication and operations
  • Represent Oxbow in a positive, professional manner, engaging with and educating visitors about Oxbow’s mission and programs
  • Perform other duties as needed and assigned by the OxEd Program Manager

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience farming or gardening and/or a strong desire to learn
  • Proven knack for working with kids of all ages, primarily youngsters
  • Some college or comparable experience in the area of agriculture, sustainability, food systems, education, or environmental studies
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large groups
  • Able to stay organized while juggling multiple time-sensitive projects, consistent attention to detail
  • Able to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Clear, consistent communication
  • Able to perform work standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling, to lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 50 lbs., to perform physical work such as digging or planting, and to work in inclement weather
  • A musical inclination, video- or photo-editing skills, theatrical experience or any other sort of artistic expertise is a plus
  • Able to work independently and within a team
  • Able to deliver educational programs in Spanish as well as English is a plus

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

Oxbow Education (OxEd) 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 $13.50-$15.50 per hour, with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields.

 

REPORTS TO:  OxEd Program Manager

 

TO APPLY

Please email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

Tara Baron
Recruitment Specialist
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
thedirt@oxbow.org

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

Deadline to apply is Sunday, February 23, 2020