Wee Farmers Instructor, Early Childhood - Edgartown

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Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:00pm


Edgartown, MA
United States

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The Wee Farmer Instructor is responsible for the implementation, and evaluation of farm­based educational programming during 9 weeks of summer programs. Development of programming is encouraged but we also provide pre-planned lessons to give farm-based educators a launching point. The Wee Farmers program is a four-mornings-per-week parent and child program for 2-4 year olds. The instructor is expected to model and impart The FARM Institute mission and values through example and engagement with their students, families, and farm visitors. Wee Farmer Instructors should be prepared to perform other farm work if necessary.

Duration of Employment and Required Hours:

Orientation for all educator positions including Wee Farmers is mandatory and will run for 10 days between Monday, June 10th and Friday, June 21st.  Wee Farmers runs 9 weeks in duration – beginning Monday June 24th, 2019 and ending August 23rd, 2019. The Wee Farmers program runs from 9:30am to 11:00am, Tuesday-Friday. The Wee Farmer Instructor is also responsible for the Before Care Program. This program runs from 8:30am to 9:00am, Monday-Friday. Work hours are from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Monday-Friday.

Additional hours are available for farm stand help, engagement and workshop programming assistance, as well as weekly farmer’s market half days on Saturdays.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Support the well­being of self, campers, and fellow staff
  • Design and implement curriculum based on food, farming, and resource management with support from The FARM Institute’s staff
  • Lead a group of parent and child participants, ages 2-4, for two day sessions, twice a week
  • Lead the before care program Monday-Friday from 8:30am-9:00am
  • Plan daily age appropriate activities
  • Lead plant and animal farm chores with children
  • Maintain reflection and planning worksheets
  • Meet periodically with the Education Manager to evaluate experience and performance
  • Communicate with parents regarding questions and farm awareness
  • Perform daily facility chore and lead daily classroom cleanup
  • Other responsibilities as designated by the Education Manager


  • A Bachelor’s degree in environmental or agricultural education, the sciences, education, or other relevant course of study is preferred, but not required
  • Early childhood experience working as a camp counselor, classroom teacher, or informal educator with children under 5
  • Experience with and enjoy working with children in an outdoor setting
  • Knowledge of or interest in farm-based education, food, and sustainability
  • Skills in gardening, cooking, livestock handling, environmental education, fiber arts or carpentry are preferred, but not required.
  • A familiarity with The FARM Institute and The Trustees of Reservations helpful

Other Requirements:

  • Must be available for camp staff training week and all 9 weeks of camp
  • A satisfactory criminal background check (CORI and SORI).
  • CPR and Basic First Aid certifications required by June 1st, 2019
  • Able and willing to work outdoors in variable weather conditions.
  • Camp Educators must be at least 18 years old

Please upload a resume and cover letter. This position will fulfill internship credits for relevant majors.

Note: Although The FARM Institute is a working farm, we unfortunately do not have staff housing available. Since rental properties on the island can be difficult to come by during the summer tourist season, TFI staff acts as liaisons to aid new hires in locating and securing summer rentals.

About The Trustees of Reservations:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 117 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.

Our seasonal staff play an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places. With the change to warmer temperatures, we experience an influx of visitors of all ages and backgrounds who want to explore and be inspired by our properties. Sandy beaches, wooded trails, cultural gardens, historic homes, community supported agriculture—there are many ways for visitors to discover and explore The Trustees, and just as many opportunities for seasonal employees to make each visitor’s experience special.

About The FARM Institute Farm Camp:

The FARM Institute is, a 162­acre teaching farm on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, providing year-round, farm-based educational programs. Programs focus on farming, sustainability, nutrition, and land stewardship.

The Farm Institute’s Farm Camp seeks to create a safe, accessible, fun, and enriching educational environment for all campers. By incorporating STEM standard-based lessons with farm chores, projects, and games, our campers make real-life connections to what they learn in school while strengthening their connection to the food we eat and the land that sustain us. To learn more about Farm Camp, visit us at http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/summer-camps/farm-camp/ .

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

How to Apply:

Please apply online via The Trustees' website linked here