Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

Hiring Farmer Educator

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Position

Oxbow Education (“Ox Ed”) Farmer-Educator, full-time

This position will be a ten-month seasonal position (February 2017 – November 2017), with the potential to become a year-round position.

Oxbow’s Mission

Our mission is to inspire people to eat healthy, sustainably grown food and to steward our natural resources for future generations.

What We Offer

The Center is located on 230 acres of forest and grassland bordered by Western Washington’s Snoqualmie River. We use this mixed landscape to:

Produce food. We cultivate 30 acres of mixed vegetable crops using agro-ecological principles and engage in research to inform conservation farming practice.

Grow native plants. We operate a native plant nursery that produces plants for habitat restoration projects, educational gardens, and urban landscapes, and conducts research on native plant propagation using sustainable growing methods.

Connect children to nature. We offer environmental education programs for children pre-K thru high school to build their comfort in the outdoors and provide them with opportunities to learn about the links between agriculture, conservation, and the environment.

Position Overview

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center is looking to fill a full-time, farmer-educator position to plan and oversee the growing and upkeep of Ox Ed’s two-acre Kids’ Farm and Living Playground. As part of the Ox Ed team, the farmer-educator will assist in delivering farm and environmental education programs throughout the year and will play an active role during five week-long summer camp sessions. The farmer-educator will train Ox Ed interns on organic farming practices through hands-on experience and will supervise their on-farm work.

Job Responsibilities

Farming and Gardening

Entirety of crop planning from seed to harvest for the 2-acre Kids’ Farm and Living Playground including:

Seed acquisition, succession timing related to crop needs, field locations related to rotations and program needs, manage the Kids’ Farm propagation house

Seed bed preparation, direct sowing crops, fertility applications in collaboration with the Farm Manager

Hoop house upkeep, trellising, irrigation

Pest and disease management, weed management

Crop harvest

Additional farm operation duties include:

Operation of small machines and farm equipment

Teach hands-on organic farming practices to Ox Ed interns and supervise their on-farm work

Collaborate with Oxbow’s sales and processing team to coordinate harvests from the Kid’s Farm

Keep detailed records independently and in collaboration with existing mapping/rotation systems

Environmental Education

Assist in delivering and strengthening Ox Ed programs, including curriculum development and planning

Lead spring, summer and fall field trips for all age levels, as needed

Participate in training interns, staff, and volunteers on organic farming, gardening and related topics as pertains to education program content

Support Oxbow’s farm-to-school initiatives in local schools, including representing Oxbow at farm-to-school promotional and educational events

Support Oxbow’s EPA Environmental Education grant initiative, including contributing to the design & installation of a school greenspace/outdoor classroom, contributing to lesson plan development & delivery as needed

Contribute to the success of Oxbow’s five week-long summer camps sessions, including coordinating and facilitating farm projects, hay rides, harvesting, and supporting & training summer camp staff

Contribute to planning and delivery of birthday parties, annual harvest festival events, and other special events

General

Collaborate with other Oxbow teams to ensure integrated and efficient operation

Perform other duties as needed and assigned by the Oxbow Management

Work with OxEd Manager to identify volunteer needs and recruit, schedule, and manage volunteers on the Kids’ Farm

Qualifications

3-5 years farming experience

Strong comprehension of diversified farming systems and experience growing a wide range of mixed vegetable crops and perennials

Knowledge of producing within the parameters of organic and food safety standards

Strong record keeping and observation skills

Knowledge and competency in general equipment operation and maintenance

Knowledge and experience with youth outdoor education programming

Ability to work independently and within a team

Positive leadership skills

Flexible, creative, and able to perform well in diverse conditions and under pressure

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline is a plus

Excellent writing and communication skills

Passion for educating youth

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

The Oxbow 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 an hourly position, paying up to $15 per hour DOE

REPORTS TO

Ox Ed Manager

TO APPLY

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

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

Please write Ox Ed Farmer-Educator position in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Deadline to apply is December 15th, 2016. (Position will be open until filled).

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