Farber Farm Educator
Posted Feb 02
Tamarack Camps, established by the Fresh Air Society, builds a vibrant community by providing enriching Jewish camping experiences for children and families, respectful of financial ability.
Position Summary & Accountabilities:
New Camp Farm Program Development
The Farber Farm Educator (FFE) is a new position at Tamarack Camps. We are looking for full time, year-round farm educator who will help lead in the design and execution of Jewish and other Camp and Pre-and-Post-Camp farm-based programs for children from K – 12. The FFE will be an integral member of the planning team to fully establish agricultural educational programming on our new site. The FFE will work very closely with staff and lay leadership, under the direct supervision of the Camp Maas Associate Director. Start date is March 2018.
The Farm Educator is responsible for:
• The creation, coordination, implementation and evaluation of programs on the Farm including Jewish educational programs for people of all ages, including but not limited to early childhood, teens, adults, senior and young and beginning farmers. Program themes to include Jewish holidays, organic gardening, food justice, Jewish farming and agricultural practices, environmental sustainability, homesteading, permaculture, biodynamics, beekeeping, composting, animal husbandry and more.
• Supporting the Program Director and Camp Team with researching and designing long-term educational content and/or curricula for the Farm during Camp and during non-camp seasons; Collaborate with new Farm Manager on crop plans and timeline to deliver curriculum for Campers in summer of 2018, as well as for Tamarack Adventure and Retreat Center.
• Working with the Farm Manager to ensure farm records including a crop plan, farm fertility plan, and harvest records to fulfill the educational programming objectives.
• Purchasing, inventorying, and maintaining educational gardening supplies throughout the year.
• Developing and executing curriculum and serving as the lead farm educator during all farm programming.
• Directing camp staff, volunteers, campers and other community members in meaningful, educational, engaging, and productive farm projects throughout the year.
• Communicating regularly with the Outdoor, Arts, Teva, and Culinary Arts Specialists about the farm harvests for the main kitchen and teaching kitchen and other Camp program areas.
• Managing educational program budget.
• Creating the 2018 Farm Program Report that summarizes year one accomplishments and makes recommendations for 2019 farm program development.
• This position requires flexibility, a willingness to learn new skills and take on responsibilities outside the Farm Educator’s immediate job description when needed
Farm Education Program Management
The FFE is responsible for the operational use of the Farber Farm in accordance with best science-based practices in organic growing methods. The expectation is that the farm will be designed and managed to optimize efficient food production, effective education and training, and resource conservation. Responsibilities cover all aspects of production (including propagation), orchards, composting, pest management, irrigation, and animal husbandry (eventually goats, bees, chickens). The crop plan (annuals, orchard, and edibles across the farm) should be oriented to serve the Farm’s camp community, the wider Metro Detroit Jewish and general communities. Educational programming should engage campers and students and community members in all aspects of the Farm, and activities should be developed that further a Jewish identity that is earth-based, defined by stewardship and that is personally meaningful for participants.
The Farm Educator may also be asked to participate in the third JOFEE Fellowship cohort (Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education). This is a national, year-long program of professional development, mentorship and training for Jewish environmental educators working at organizations around the country.
The FFE will assist the Farm Manager in overall farm maintenance, as well as cleanliness and maintenance of all farm tools and the production, growing, processing, storage, and other areas used by and managed by the farm team.
The FFE is responsible for taking a continual improvement approach to farm programming operations protocols, systems, and procedures as well as instructional materials, while maintaining appropriate continuity and predictability with the camp program staff, farm workers, and other staff.
Youth, Family, and Public Programs
The FFE also works with Tamarack Camps Adventure & Retreat Center to ensure that camp and other year-round visitors to the farm are integrated into the farm in meaningful, productive, and educational programs. With the Farm Manager, the FFE is responsible for identifying appropriate farm tasks for students, campers, and adults during various year-round programs.
Qualifications, Experience, and Education:
Three to five years prior experience in farming and farm program deliver and in youth outdoor and farm-based environmental educational program management required. BA or associate degree in Jewish experiential education preferred.
• Farming and animal care experience
• Proven experience working as a youth educator -- Jewish environmental education experience preferred but not required
• High level of comfort and confidence in front of groups of children and parents
• Desire to help cultivate a pluralistic, inclusive and kind Jewish community
• Be enthusiastic, excited to try new things, generous, willing to be silly, flexible, creative, caring, and able to maintain a positive team attitude throughout a full work day
• Excellent organization skills
• Management experience preferred but not required
The Jewish Environmental Job Board was originally created by the Adva Network.