Waltham Fields Community Farm promotes local agriculture and food access through our farming operations and education programs, using practices that are socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable. We encourage healthy relationships between people, their food supply, and the land from which it grows.
Waltham Fields Community Farm (incorporated as Community Farms Outreach, Inc.) is a nonprofit farming organization focusing on food access and education. We produce organically-grown vegetables on 15 acres of leased land in Waltham and Weston, with 20% of our harvests dedicated to low-income households. Our largest source of revenue generation and community engagement is a 500-share community supported agriculture (CSA) program. We also run a Learning Garden and educational programs for children and youth, train farmers, and welcome volunteers, who provide over 3,000 hours of assistance each year. Our annual budget is approximately $725,000, which is funded by CSA shares, educational program tuition, grants from public agencies and private foundations, and donations. We have 7 year-round staff members and 12+ seasonal staff. Since our founding in 1995, we have grown from a small volunteer-run effort into a mature organization serving a variety of critical community needs, including mentorship and resource-sharing for new farms and farmers in the region.
Waltham Fields Community Farm is looking for Learning Garden Educator for our Spring, Summer, and Fall Learning Garden programs. Our youth Learning Garden programs include spring and fall after-school, as well as summer camp sessions for children in grades 1st -3rd (Garden Explorers) and 4-8th (Farmer for a Week), educational Farm Visits for school and community groups; Family Programs for children ages 2-4 and their caregivers, a 4H club for high school and middle school students, and a Youth Crew program employing teens in growing and selling vegetables.
The Learning Garden Summer Educators work together to develop lessons, teach participants about farming and food through garden exploration, engage participants in hands-on activities and recipe preparation. The Educator position is supervised by the Education Director and works as a team member to carry out our education programs and maintain our Learning Garden spaces.
- Work with the Education Director and fellow educators to prepare for programs
- Lead groups of children in organic vegetable gardening, educational games and activities, food preparation, and general farm exploration
- Maintain the Outdoor Classroom and indoor supply areas (i.e. cleaning the kitchen area thoroughly before and after each program, keeping supplies organized, etc)
- Assist with program documentation and evaluation through photos, journals, reports and distribution/collection of end-of-program evaluation forms
- Attend training and weekly education staff meetings to plan, debrief and assess programs
- Experience and enthusiasm for working with children
- Knowledge of sustainable farming/gardening as well as hands-on gardening and cooking experience
- Previous experience working in the field of environmental education and/or outdoor learning environment preferred
- Friendly, creative, and self-motivated
- Current CPR/First Aid certification required (can be obtained on the job)
- Part-Time, Seasonal
- $15/hr and fresh produce from the farm
- Staff receives a 20% discount at our farm store
- Free admission to various farm events during non-working hours
- Ideal candidates can work from late April through the end of October, however, applications will also be accepted for those who are not able to work all three seasons.
- Hours vary season-to-season approximately as follows:
- Late April-June: 7/week, as needed
- Early July - August: 30-40 hrs/week
- Late September-October: 7-15hrs/week
To apply send your cover letter and resume to Alexandra Lennon-Simon, Education Director firstname.lastname@example.org
We Are an Equal Opportunity Employer
Waltham Fields Community Farm is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, pregnancy or medical or common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, marital status, disability, age, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, receipt of free medical care, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. Waltham Fields Community Farm will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. This commitment is evident in all aspects of WFCF's employment practices and policies.