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Lead Educator (Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center)

Organization Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center
Location 225 Pavillion Road
East Thetford, Vermont 05043
Description

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

 

Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center is a certified organic vegetable, berry and flower farm located on conserved land along the Connecticut River in East Thetford, Vermont. In operation since 2000, the farm is approximately 60 acres total, with 35-40 acres in production each year. In addition to growing organic produce and flowers, Cedar Circle invites engagement from community members through our bustling Farmstand, Cafe, commercial kitchen, Education Center, and unique CSA program.

 

 

Cedar Circle is a non-profit, mission-driven organization, engaging the community to develop and share practices that promote regenerative agriculture, good health, and a resource-rich environment. We are committed to converting as much of our certified organic farm as possible to regenerative, organic methods. Our goals are to increase soil health, improve biodiversity in the soil, enhance the carbon flow, and produce the most nutritious food we can for our community.

 

 

At Cedar Circle, we believe in building community among neighbors and in fostering connections between people and the natural world. Through education, public programming, and by providing a space to gather and learn together, Cedar Circle cultivates connections among people, but also reconnects us to our agrarian heritage, reminding us of our relationship with natural ecosystems as a means to nurture stewardship.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Year round, 40-45 hours/week April-October, 20 hours/week November-March

The role of the Lead Educator is to assist in developing, managing, and facilitating our agriculturally and ecologically focused youth, family, and adult education programs. There is a strong focus on developing and delivering lessons and activities for our farm programs, our most popular of which is our summer camp. The Lead Educator is a year round position, working full-time April through October and part-time November through March. This is an hourly position with benefits including health benefits (50% of the group premium is employer paid), paid time off, fresh produce, and a 20% discount to our farmstand. Salary range is $16-$18, depending on qualifications.

The Lead Educator’s responsibilities include:

·       Development and implementation of new and existing programs in conjunction with the Education Manager (homeschool classes, preschool classes, family programs, teen cooking classes, summer camp, adult classes, etc.)

·       Working with the Education Manager to create seasonal program curriculum, including lesson plans and educational materials for programs

·       Planning, implementation, and maintenance of the Education Garden throughout the season

·       Serving as Assistant Director during the 9 weeks of summer day camp

·       Working with the Education Manager to train seasonal education staff prior to the start of youth programs

·       Manage the Junior Counselor program for summer camp, including the training session

·       Supervising and supporting seasonal education staff and volunteers to ensure programs run smoothly

·       Providing a positive experience for parents or caretakers of children participating in youth programs

·       Collaborate with other departments at Cedar Circle Farm to coordinate educational programs

·       Assisting the organization in hosting the annual Pumpkin Festival in October

·       Representing Cedar Circle Farm at recruitment events, camp fairs, etc.

·       Other responsibilities as assigned by the Education Manager

 

Candidates for the Lead Educator position should:

·       Have a background in teaching children about farming, nature, healthy eating, or related subjects, and a strong desire to help create and teach experiential nature based curriculum in a farm setting

·       Enjoy working with learners of all ages, from preschool through adults

·       Be inclusive and embrace diversity of all learners

·       Be comfortable and have experience working in a garden

·       Have a positive attitude, be a strong leader, and be flexible to changing environments and circumstances

·       Possess strong communication skills in professional and educational settings

·       Be detail oriented and competent balancing multiple projects and deadlines

·       Be comfortable working outdoors–rain or shine!

·       Be proactive and self-motivated

 

Preferred experience for the Lead Educator position:

·       Hold a bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in a related field

·       Two years experience in a professional setting, preferably in the education field

 

Send a resume and cover letter to Nora Seymour, nora@cedarcirclefarm.org. If you have questions concerning the position description that you would like answered before submitting your resume and cover letter, please also send them to nora@cedarcirclefarm.org or call (802) 785-4737. 

 

Cedar Circle Farm is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Date Posted January 11th, 2022
Deadline January 23rd, 2022
Type Full Time
Compensation $16-$18, depending on qualifications
How to Apply Send a resume and cover letter to Nora Seymour, nora@cedarcirclefarm.org.