Farm and Education Program Assistant

Location: 
Santa Cruz, California
Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 10, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Live Earth Farm Discovery Program (LEFDP)
Contact Information: 
Jessica Ridgeway
Email: 
LEFDPDirector@gmail.com

Live Earth Farm, established in 1996, is a 150 acre diversified, organic, family farm overlooking the Pajaro Valley in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. We run a year round CSA with over 800 members, growing over 50 different fruits and vegetables surrounded by a native landscape of redwoods and oak woodland. Our produce is directly marketed through local farmer’s markets, restaurants, a thriving web store, and our weekly CSA program.

 The education programs at Live Earth Farm began with the farm in 1996 and the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program was formally established as a not for profit organization in 2007 to compliment and expand the educational programs at Live Earth Farm. We host more than 1500 children on the farm each year for farm based, hands-on learning opportunities in a variety of formats.

 Position Description:

The LEF Discovery Program, Program Assistant will spend 50% of their time managing the 1-2 acre Discovery Garden, Education Fields, and small milking goat herd.  Farming/gardening/husbandry tasks include: planting, weeding, harvesting, prepping beds, mulching, propagating, animal pen maintenance, milking, etc. Managing the garden also includes collaboratively creating garden plans for different seasons, coordinating volunteers for the garden and coordinating community garden workdays.

 25% of the position will involve working in the field with our students and Education Program Coordinator, leading tours of children ages 0-18 in farm activities and educational projects. Education programs include, but are not limited to: a weekly visit by 7th and 8th grade Montessori students, half day farm tours for students of all ages, once monthly home schooling family visits, weeklong summer farm camps and a diversity of community farm days.

 25% of the position requires office work such as data entry and filing, scheduling farm tours, promoting educational programs, planning educational events, processing deposits and payments, and data entry.

 The person in this position will plan collaboratively with education and farm staff, as well as be responsible for daily decision-making.

 Qualifications:

This position requires:

  • Prior experience in organic farming or gardening
  • Experience and desire to work with kids.
  • Experience driving large vehicles and a stick shift.
  • Basic word processing, spreadsheet, and filing skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and alone.
  • Self motivation, and prioritization.
  • Comfort communicating in Spanish.
  • A good work ethic and a positive attitude.
  • A full season commitment, with the potential for a multi year position.

Other desired skills:

  • Tractor driving experience

This is an opportunity for those intending to pursue farm or garden based education as a career path. It is a chance to hone your organic farming and gardening skills.  Please be aware that farming is hard work, and has seasonal fluctuations.

 Duration:

The position will be filled by mid February 2013. We are most interested in hiring someone willing to make a long term, multi-year commitment. The minimum contract for the position will last through November 2013 to complete and support the Discovery Program season.

 Hours:

40+ hrs/wk with some seasonal fluctuation

  • 20 hours per week in the Discovery Program Garden
  • 10 hours per week assisting the Education Program Coordinator with leading tours.
  • 10 hours per week assisting the coordinator and director with administrative work.

 Compensation:

Minimum hourly wage.  In addition, the farm will provide produce, fresh eggs, and goat milk as available.

 A private yurt and communal kitchen and bath facility are available for rent for $500/mo. We strongly encourage living on site, due to the nature of the work.

 Application Procedure:

Please download and fill out the application on our website: http://www.liveearthfarm.net/discovery-program/programs/positions-with-lefdp/ (Word document), and then e-mail it along with a resume and a cover letter describing your interests and why you would like to work for the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program to: