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.


Shared Responsibilities

  • 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.

Working Conditions

  • 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.

 

To apply

Please email a letter of interest, resume, and 3 reference contacts to: 
Lu Neuse, lneuse@retreatfarm.org

 

Retreat Farm is an Equal Opportunity Employer.