Lead farm educator (seasonal)
Retreat Farm Ltd. in Brattleboro, Vermont, is looking for an enthusiastic farm educator to engage visitors at our Children’s Farm and Forest. The educator will facilitate a variety of farm, garden, and forest activities to connect visitors to agriculture and the land in a safe, fun, hands-on environment.
This position reports to the Associate Program Directors.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Teach and lead educational field trips for elementary and middle school groups, preschools and early childhood centers, nursing homes, and a variety of social service organizations.
Lead a variety of workshops and activities for a range of audiences.
Assist in designing, implementing, and maintaining the educational garden.
Train summer staff in garden tasks and engage groups and the general public with the garden through the seasons.
Plan and facilitate a weekly nature-based children’s program in fall 2019.
Provide a welcoming, engaging presence throughout the Children’s Farm and Forest.
Uphold excellent guest services at all times.
Welcome and orient visitors to the farm and operate the Point-of-Sale.
Participate in daily animal care and chores and clean animal pens.
Clean program areas and set up education, play, and retail spaces daily.
Support and mentor junior staff and volunteers.
Provide support for birthday parties and special events.
Outdoor work environment with varied weather conditions.
This position begins April 15, 2019 and ends October 31, 2019. Some off-season work may be available to the right candidate.
Weekend work required.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Flexible, energetic, good communication skills, and the willingness to learn.
Some educational, interpretive, or summer-camp experience required.
Some knowledge of animals and animal care preferred.
Valid First Aid and CPR Certification (training provided).
Able to lift 50 lbs and move over uneven terrain.
Comfort working around large animals.
Employment is contingent on passing a background check
This is a 32 - 40 hour a week seasonal position. Pay is $14-17.50/hr DOE.
Please email a letter of interest, resume, and 3 reference contacts to:
Lu Neuse, firstname.lastname@example.org
Retreat Farm is an Equal Opportunity Employer.