Environmental Educator and Kids Farm Crew Job – WA

environmental educator and kids farm crew

Environmental Educator and Kids Farm Crew Job April-November, 2018 at Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center in Washington


Oxbow Education (“OxEd”) provides year-round farm-based educational programming for kids, typically ages PreK-5th grade. We are seeking an Environmental Educator & Kids’ Farm Crew member to assist with farm-based education program delivery and farming tasks during our programming season. This position would be a great fit for an energetic person who wishes to learn more about organic farming and farm-based Environmental Education. While assigned to the OxEd team, this position will work closely, as needed, with all Oxbow staff and volunteers.


Environmental Education (50%, including Summer Camp)

  • Participate in delivering environmental/farm education programs to all age groups, including Spring, Summer, and Fall Farm Adventures (field trips)
  • Assist in preparing for Oxbow’s 5-weeks of summer camp and act as a Summer Camp Instructor
  • Contribute to the success of Oxbow’s five week-long summer camps sessions, including coordinating farm projects, storytelling, and supporting & training other summer camp staff as needed
  • Contribute to training of volunteers

Farming and Gardening (35%)

Assist with planting, sowing, weeding, mulching, harvesting, seed-saving and general maintenance and upkeep of OxEd infrastructure and two-acre Kids’ Farm and Living Playground.

Public Engagement (10%)

  • Deliver environmental/farm education programs to all age groups at birthday parties, weekend Kids’ Farm tours, seasonal festivals and special events
  • Support venue & public engagement activities with set-up, break down, and general customer service

Other duties (5%)

  • Communicate about Oxbow’s programs and memberships to the public in an effort to support our mission
  • Perform other tasks as assigned in support of all Oxbow program and business areas, including but not limited to the production farm, conservation and restoration activities, and general operations


  • Experience farming or gardening and/or a strong desire to learn
  • Proven knack for working with kids of all ages, primarily early learners
  • Exceptionally positive attitude and leadership skills
  • Two-year degree or comparable experience in the area of agriculture, sustainability, food systems, education, or environmental studies
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large groups
  • Ability to stay organized while juggling multiple time-sensitive projects  
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Clear, consistent communication
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Ability to perform work in inclement weather, standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling, to lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 50 lbs., and to perform physical work such as digging and planting
  • Flexible, creative, and able to perform well in diverse conditions and under pressure
  • A musical inclination; video or photo editing skills; theatrical experience or any other sort of artistic expertise is a plus! Please make note of any skills you have in your cover letter.

Additional desired qualities include: environmentally conscious, detail oriented, self-motivated, energetic, and professional.

The Oxbow Education (OxEd) is part of a larger nonprofit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR AND KIDS FARM CREW COMPENSATION: This is a seasonal, full-time position, paying $11.50 to $13.50 DOE , with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields.

REPORTS TO:  OxEd Program Manager


Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered. Email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

Megan Boyce-Jacobs
Interim Executive Director/Finance & Operations Manager
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

Please write Environmental Educator and Kids Farm Crew in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, March 25th, 2018


To learn more about farming jobs and internships or to post an opportunity on beginningfarmers.org, go to: http://www.beginningfarmers.org/internship-and-employment-opportunities/

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