Farm-Based Education Program Coordinator- Weston, Mass.
Organization: Land’s Sake, Inc.
Position Title: Farm-Based Education Program Coordinator
Location: Weston, MA
Hours and Compensation: Year-Round, Full-Time, At-will employee. Ideally this position will start by September 30th, 2013 and will work full-time, year-round with seasonal changes in hours worked per week.
Salary & Benefits:
Salary commensurate with experience.
50% of health care cost covered by Land’s Sake, partial mobile phone reimbursement.
Nine paid holidays and two weeks of accrued paid vacation per year.
Access to organic produce and flowers grown on the farm.
The opportunity to work, learn, inspire, and be inspired alongside dedicated staff on a beautiful organic farm in a unique community!
Application Deadline: September 15, 2013
Founded in 1980, Land’s Sake is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to responsible stewardship of suburban farmland and forests. By combining ecologically sound land management with farm-based experiential education, we provide a powerful model of how public open space can be effectively used and enjoyed by the community. We operate three interdependent branches: (1) sustainable land management and open space preservation, (2) farm-based education, and (3) a community farm. The education department serves our community through group/school programs, after school programs, adult education workshops and summer programs. Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions. To learn more about this unique nonprofit please visit: www.landssake.org.
The Program Coordinator’s primary goal is to deliver high quality summer and after-school programs. With support from the Education Director, the Program Coordinator is responsible for facilitating the planning, implementation and evaluation of Green Power and Farm and Forest Explorers programs. The Program Coordinator and Education Director work together to plan, implement and evaluate After-School programs. This position includes the additional responsibilities of: assisting with Education Garden preparation and maintenance, assisting with livestock care, assisting with volunteer programs, assisting with farm tours, assisting with adult education programs, general branch and organizational development and other non-education related tasks. The Program Coordinator works collaboratively with other staff to effectively manage the inherent risks of working on a farm, maintain our unique farm aesthetic, teach and follow best management practices for sustainable food production. Collaboration and effective communication with the other branches of the organization are vital to this job. Along with all staff, the Program Coordinator works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.
Lead efforts to achieve enrollment goals through advertising in local publications, attending camp fairs and events, and presenting to groups through community organization Coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
Oversee planning and implementation of mission-based curriculum
Assist with the hiring and training of summer staff
Lead the Farm and Forest Explorers summer program
Communicate with parents as needed
Gather weekly feedback from participants and parents
Gather seasonal feedback from program constituents, specifically from adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff Maintain budgets for both programs and track weekly expenses
Facilitate planning and program development for successive seasons
Assist with efforts to achieve enrollment goals through advertising in local publications, attending events, and presenting to groups through community organizations
Work with the Education Director to coordinate program related logistics, specifically with adjunct educators, community partners/organizations and Land’s Sake staff
Assist with planning and implementation of mission-based curriculum
Co-lead the after-school programs for K-8th grade
Communicate with parents as needed
Gather feedback from participants and parents Assist with planning and program development for successive seasons
Bachelor’s Degree or greater in environmental science, education or relevant field
Significant teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting, with proven ability around youth safety and group management
Experience in program management or program coordination of a camp, after school program, or other youth program
Professional character that is consistent, capable, self-directed, well organized, flexible, personable, and is able to maintain composure in a changing environment
Experience with farm work and experience in garden planning/management; experience or interest in handling small farm animals is a bonus
Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings when necessary as well as a flexible year round schedule
Commitment to and understanding of a farm schedule, knowing this includes varying schedule depending on the season
Comfortable with public speaking and networking
Reliable access to a car and valid driver’s license
Must be able to pass CORI check
First Aid and CPR training or current certification
Basic computer and office skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
How to Apply
Please prepare a resume and cover letter detailing how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity. Email materials to Douglas Cook, Education Director, GreenPower(at)landssake(dot)org, or mail to Land’s Sake (c/o Douglas Cook), 27 Crescent Street, Weston, MA 02493
Deadline: Rolling until September 15th, 2013.