Farm Educator:

Grow It Green Morristown is seeking a part-time Farm Educator to fulfill a vital role developing and implementing farm based environmental education programs in-classroom and on-farm. General topics to cover include plant science, nutrition and local food systems. Applicant will work with local schools and organizations to create a culturally relevant connection to nature for children including the students in the Morris School District (MSD). Applicants will lead field trips and off-site education that involve experiential lessons to explore the joy of food in relation to health and environment. This position will report to Grow It Green’s Director of Agriculture & Education at The Urban Farm, a unique community based educational farm. The Farm Educator is responsible for developing and delivering all stigma-free programming utilizing creative learning strategies that engage diverse audiences of students, families, differently abled people and older adults.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide a safe and supportive learning environment for a diverse student population with opportunities to play, explore and learn together while developing a sense of community, self-confidence and an appreciation for the natural world both indoors and outdoors.

  • Provide outdoor educational programming at the Urban Farm or Early Street Community Garden for a variety of ages from preschool to high school (some weekend work necessary).

  • Lead independent garden activities such as scout groups through curriculum & outdoor education opportunities

  • Lead engaging and inspiring lessons in the classrooms of MSD or other local schools as planned with the school officials

  • Write standards-based curriculum for programming about sustainability, soil, biodiversity, native species, pollinators, nutrition, food security and regenerative farming or other current educational trends that take into account diverse learning styles and intelligences.

  • Produce didactic materials and recipe cards that are fun and encourage healthy choices which fosters dialogue around sustainability and fresh produce among the community

  • Assist with community-based farm events such as Alfresco on the Farm, Plant Seedling Sale, Winter Solstice, Winter Market, and annual fundraiser

  • Create virtual educational resources

  • Support GIGM staff as needed

 

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with grades pre-K-5

  • Experience leading experiential education indoors and outdoors

  • Spanish fluency is an important asset

  • Experience with program development and curriculum development is a plus

  • Knowledge of local food systems and environmental initiatives

  • Knowledge of food justice issues and culturally responsive teaching a plus

  • Knowledge and use of Google Suite preferred

 

This part-time position will average 16 hours per week for 50 weeks (800 hours yearly) with a schedule that has greater needs coinciding with the school calendar year. Position is excellent for individual needing opportunity to create a more flexible schedule while making a difference for local community. The desired candidate will have the following characteristics: flexible; organized; experience with shifting schedules; understanding of a dedication to cultural relevance in lesson planning and engaging with diverse populations; a style that promotes collaboration and communication; openness to feedback; attention to detail; creativity; team player; commitment to serving the entire Morristown community; and a commitment to Grow It Green Morristown’s mission. Pay rate of $15-$18/ hour is dependent on experience. We meet NJ and Federal sick pay requirements.

About The Urban Farm:

 

Grow It Green Morristown is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a resilient food system within our local community. We practice techniques that enhance a person’s knowledge of land use and environmentally sustainable practices. The area of our farm is approximately one acre, but a lot can be accomplished on a small piece of land. The Urban Farm is a four season farm that goes beyond the boundaries of traditional farming supporting the land, water, air, animals and people of our community. Produce from the farm is sold at farm markets including an on-site farm stand, and donated to local food distribution organizations such as food banks. Our goal is to work with the community to develop relevant solutions to increase healthier eating by sharing the joy of eating fresh and local.

 

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@growitgreenmorristown.org. Virtual and in-person interviews will be necessary.