Job Opportunities at the Farm

 

WALDKINDERGARTEN INTERN
The Natick Community Organic Farm, a nonprofit, certified organic farm and home to the Forest Gnomes Waldkindergarten program, offers an internship opportunity for an outdoor enthusiast who is eager to learn about the very unique approach of the Waldkindergarten model to connect children ages 3 – 6 to nature. The Forest Gnomes program focuses on nature immersion and the social, emotional and physical development of the child. Attention is given to fueling the imagination, providing space for uninterrupted play, engaging in meaningful work and creating a homelike environment.
The ideal intern will work with the Forest Gnomes program for 18 hours per week, Monday-Thursday through mid-June, with the potential for continuing in the 2017-2018 program year. Staff for the Forest Gnomes Waldkindergarten program consists of two teachers and one-two interns.
Responsibilities
> Observe teachers’ interactions with children to become familiar with the role of the teacher and the program’s approach to child guidance
> Assist teachers with morning set-up before children arrive and clean up at the close of the day
> Assist with daily tasks during program hours (handing out snack, assisting children as they arrive, participating in circle-time, etc.)
> Direct any parent questions/concerns to teachers or administrator
Experience and Requirements
> Experience working with 3-6 year old children and interest in their development/ developmental needs.
> Comfortable working outdoors in all weather (have proper gear).
> Awareness of program's unique philosophy and role of the teacher and demonstrates a willingness to learn
> Ability to slow down, observe, not be in a rush.
> Qualities: nurturing, calm, patient, curious, organized, able to take direction, good listener, ability to be quiet and give children their space, acts and speaks in a way worthy of imitation by a child.
> Ability to stand, stoop, bend, kneel, pull, push, sit without back support, and lift and carry up to 50 pounds occasionally and 10-35 pounds frequently.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Commitment: Through June 15th, 2017, 18 hours per week; Monday-Thursday
Compensation: A stipend in the amount of $11 per hour will be paid on a monthly base
Please Note: The Forest Gnomes Waldkindergarten program is not a licensed preschool; hours cannot be put towards EEC teacher qualifications.
Start date: ASAP
To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to: Audrey Fergason and Marie DeCoste (Forest Gnomes teachers) at
theforestgnomes@natickfarm.org

 

Summer 2017 Farmer-Educators!

Fun at the mini-farmers market

 

Ever introduce a curious kid to a curious pig? Collect eggs with a gaggle of grade-schoolers?  Explore the fields and flowers with a troop of ten-year-olds? If you have or think these sorts of things sound like fun, the Natick Community Organic Farm is looking for eager and energetic educators to carry out our mission to connect kids to food through fun work.


Join us for 10 weeks this summer where every day you can expect to teach something, learn something, and have fun doing it. If you are passionate about kids, food, the future, and the outdoors, and can even envision merging them all together into a veritable whirlwind of agricultural adventure, then we want to talk to you! Check out the specifics below, or contact Jon Young at Jon@natickfarm.org or 508.655.2204 for more information or to send in a resume and cover letter.


Dates:

  • June 19th through August 25th. Sessions run Monday through Thursday.

  • Program times run 9 – 4 for younger programs and 8:30 – 4:30 for older programs

  • Hiring decisions by February 1

  • Compensation at $14 an hour


A regular kind of day:

  • Guide your group through the Rabbit chores

  • Lead a scat scavenger hunt in the lower pasture  

  • Read ‘Everybody poops’ during snacktime  

  • Collect an impossible 200 potato beetles and feed them to the chickens   

  • Finish off with a garden salad with fresh goat cheese!


Major Responsibilities:

  • Implement and refine program content (talks, walks, projects, activities)

  • Supervise, manage, and provide structure for 6-12 students

  • Work effectively and collaboratively with a co-teacher and a volunteer assistant

  • Respect and nurture all farm resources, from animals to crops to students and staff


To apply, email a resume and cover letter with references to Jon@natickfarm.org



 

School and Scout Program Teachers

Do you have a strong interest in agriculture and the outdoors, love kids, and are willing to learn? We’re looking for teachers February- June to teach everything from maple sugaring to forest and farm ecology to the life and care of our Farm animals. Email School & Scout Coordinator at christine@natickfarm.org.