Coastal Roots Farm

Farm Educator

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Posted On: Friday, 1st February 2019
Category: Administrative
Location: Encinitas, California
441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, California 92024
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

About Coastal Roots Farm:

Coastal Roots Farm (CRF) is a nonprofit community farm and education center. We cultivate healthy, connected communities by integrating sustainable agriculture, food justice, and ancient Jewish wisdom.

Since our inception in 2014, Coastal Roots Farm has provided dignified access to fresh food for those who need it most. Inspired by Jewish agricultural practices, we raise organic crops and share the harvest with our community through pay-what-you-can farm stands, donation-based Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and direct donations to food insecure communities in North County San Diego as well as local hunger relief organizations. Through volunteering, school visits, agricultural festivals, and other community programs, we offer hands-on education and invite our neighbors to connect to the land and each other.

Coastal Roots Farm is located in Encinitas, CA on approximately 20 acres of land. Our Farm consists of vegetable gardens, greenhouses, a food forest, animal pastures, compost systems, and a vineyard. Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and received 501(c)(3) public charity status in 2015.

 

Position Summary:

The Farm Educator will play a key role within the Education Department supporting the planning, implementation, and execution of Jewish and Farm educational programming and events for Coastal Roots Farm. The Farm Educator will deliver a wide array of educational programming and community events, maintain farm education spaces, and support the administrative functions of the Education Department. The Farm Educator will also support camps, tours, and Volunteer Program to train and lead community volunteers.

 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the Education Department to create, coordinate, implement, and evaluate Jewish and Farm educational programs and events for people of all ages, including but not limited to early childhood, teens, adults, seniors, and young and beginning farmers. Program themes to include Jewish holidays, organic gardening, Jewish farming and agricultural practices, environmental sustainability, homesteading, permaculture, biodynamics, beekeeping, composting, animal husbandry, food justice, cooking, and more.
  • Maintain the farm education spaces/plots. Tasks include but not limited to planting/transplanting, managing irrigation, pest management, and harvesting.
  • Providing visitors and program participants with educational content about Jewish farm concepts, farm and garden techniques, and environmental stewardship.
  • Assisting with training and providing support to school and community volunteers.
  • Leading tours of the Farm for outside groups and the general public.
  • Assist with the day-to-day management of a volunteer program to support programs and events.
  • Attending Farm Team and other relevant meetings, reporting one ducation and other programming, and coordinating with the Farm Team’s other relevant projects.
  • Helping with various farm-related projects and be on call for farm needs.
  • Contributing to marketing and outreach efforts through social media, print material, newsletter, and blog.
  • Integrating Jewish wisdom, teachings, and values to Farm internal meetings and external programs as broadly as possible.
  • Other duties may also be assigned by supervisor.

 

Position Qualifications:

  • At least1- 2 years of experience within the fields of Jewish agricultural and/or environmental education.
  • At least 2-3 years of hands-on experience with gardening and/or farming.
  • Experience working with K-8 schoolchildren in a non-traditional classroom setting.
  • Experience delivering curriculum based on Common Core, New Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA).
  • Understanding of agricultural, Jewish and/or Jewish agricultural concepts that may be relevant to the content of the Jewish Community Farm.
  • Knowledge of Jewish traditions, texts, narrative and rituals.
  • Entrepreneurial, adaptable, and creative.
  • Ability to build and nurture relationships with a wide variety of people, including colleagues, the general public, youth, seniors, funders, etc.
  • Flexible, able to work simultaneously on wide range of projects and ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Exceptional listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences.
  • Cooperative, service-oriented attitude.
  • Team player and leader.
  • Works well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to work with urgency and meet or beat deadlines.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office and Web-based computing.
  • Ability to lift at least 25lbs.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A relevant college degree preferred (i.e. Environmental Studies, Agro- ecology, Jewish Studies, etc.).
  • Teaching credentials strongly preferred.
  • Experience and background in Jewish service learning.Experience with creative and arts-based Jewish programming (ex: singing, movement, etc.).

 

Compensation:

Salary commensurate with experience. Coastal Roots Farm offers a competitive benefits package.

 

To Apply:

Please go to https://coastalrootsfarm.org/the-farm/#job-opportunities and click on the View and Apply for Open Positions link to apply online.

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