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

Carnation WA

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 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

Posted February 11, 2020



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