Assistant Farm Educator Job, University of Vermont Farmer Training Program
Continuing Education at The University of Vermont is seeking to fill a position, Assistant Farm Educator, for the Farmer Training Program, a six-month training program for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates. The Assistant Farm Educator will receive daily supervision and guidance from the Farm Coordinator with administrative oversight from designated manager. Application deadline is November 11, 2011.
The Assistant Farm Educator job duties will include:
Farming: Assist in all aspects of field production on the 3 acre farm site and acre garden site, including propagation, planting, tractor work, weeding, harvesting, and fertility management; Assist in management of pest, disease, and weed pressure on the sites, with a focus on educating the students; Co-teach lessons on essential farming skills and concepts with Farm Coordinator; Lead Farmer Training students in field work, providing instruction and guidance throughout; Understand and teach harvesting techniques for the weekly farmers market
Teaching & Program Coordination: Assist in the development and teaching of hands-on lessons at the growing sites; Research, coordinate and attend field trips to area farms; Help students to make connections between the lessons learned on rotations, the growing site, field trips, and classes; Assist in grass roots marketing plan by attending conferences and representing the program to the public
This is a part-time seasonal position, requiring 30 hours per week from April 16 to November 2, 2012.
The successful candidate will have at least two seasons of experience working on a diverse vegetable farm; Bachelor’s degree in related field; ability to multi-task and creatively problem solve; ability to meet the demands of a commercial vegetable operation, while simultaneously engaging and instructing the apprentices through every aspect of the production system; effective interpersonal, communication and project planning skills.
As a temporary seasonal position, UVM employee benefits are not available for this position.
To apply, email, fax or mail cover letter, resume and list of at least three references to:
University of Vermont
460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05405
Application deadline is November 11, 2011.
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