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Assistant Farm Educator

Position: Assistant Farm Educator
Status: Seasonal, On-Call, Non-Exempt
Hours: Varies depending on programming needs. Evenings, weekends, and holidays on occasion. Must be available Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm for Summer Farm Camp happening June 7 - August 13, 2021
Reports to: Education Manager

About Coastal Roots Farm

Coastal Roots Farm (CRF) is a nonprofit Jewish community farm and education center. We cultivate healthy, connected communities by integrating sustainable agriculture, food justice, and ancient Jewish wisdom.

We share organic produce with those who need it most and connect people to compelling Jewish ideas and traditions through farming and food. We distribute food through our on-site pay-what-you-can Farm Stand, pop up mobile farm stands, and donations to hunger relief organizations. We offer hands-on education and experiences through School and Group Visits, Farm Camp Farm Tours, Volunteer Opportunities, Jewish Agricultural Festivals, and other community events, inviting our neighbors to connect to the land, Jewish tradition, and each other.

Coastal Roots Farm is located in Encinitas, CA on approximately 17 acres of land. Our Farm consists of vegetable production fields, education farm and gardens, a food forest, chickens, and compost operations. Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation in 2014 and received 501(c)(3) public charity status in 2015.

Position Overview
The Assistant Farm Educator will support Coastal Roots Farm’s Education Department in planning and executing Jewish and Farm-based educational programs reaching community members of all backgrounds with a focus on K-12 students and young families. The Assistant Farm Educator will deliver a wide array of programs including Farm Camps, Farm Tours, School and Group Visits, Jewish Agricultural Festivals, and other programs and community events.

The ideal candidate will exhibit strong communication, public speaking, and group facilitation skills, interest in Jewish tradition, agriculture, and environmental stewardship, a passion for working with young people, and a welcoming disposition. They have the ability to teach these concepts to a diverse audience and have experience in formal, informal, and/or outdoor learning environments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Supporting the delivery of Jewish and Farm-based programs and events (including set-up and tear-down) for people of all ages and backgrounds including: Farm Camp reaching youth K-5th grade, School and Group Visits (virtual or in-person) reaching youth PreK-12th grade, Jewish Agricultural Festivals and other Community Events with a focus on young families, Birthday parties (virtual or in-person) reaching youth ages 4-10.
Supporting the planning of Jewish and Farm-based educational programs. Curriculum topics may include Jewish holidays, organic gardening, Jewish agricultural practices, environmental sustainability, permaculture, composting, food justice, cooking, and more.
Supporting the maintenance of the Education Farm and Garden, Nature Play and Environmental Learning Space, and Farm-STEM Science Lab spaces

Additional Responsibilities

Attending relevant meetings and events
Leading tours of the Farm for outside groups and the general public
Supporting with volunteer opportunities for outside groups and the general public
Helping with various farm-related projects
Other duties may also be assigned by supervisor
Required Qualifications and Experiences

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experience in environmental, outdoor, Jewish, and/or agriculture-based education
Enjoys working with youth ages 4 and up and their families
Adaptable and creative
Ability to build and nurture relationships with a wide variety of people including colleagues, the general public, youth, seniors, funders, etc.
Effective listening and communication skills
Possesses sensitivity to cultural differences
Cooperative, service-oriented attitude
Team player and leader
Works well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Zoom
Preferred Qualifications and Experience

High School degree

Experience with creative and arts-based Jewish programming (ex: singing, movement, etc.)
Experience working with K-8 youth in a non-traditional classroom setting
Spanish speaking

$16-$18 depending on experience.

Typical Working Conditions

The Assistant Farm Educator will work mostly outdoors and occasionally in the office. There will be exposure to Southern California outside temperatures, chemicals used in the agricultural industry, and loud noises.

Essential Physical Tasks
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Continuous walking, standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting, and pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs., cutting, and carrying. Able to walk a minimum of .5 miles on uneven narrow trails with elevation gain.

Application Process
Please go to and click on “Job and Internship opportunities” to apply online. All applicants must submit:
Cover letter
Job questions

Coastal Roots Farm is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building an inclusive workforce. We welcome and strongly encourage people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. All qualified candidates, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or genetic information will be considered for this position.

Duration part-time
Ad Posted On 2021-03-31
Times this Ad has been viewed 196 times
Ad is posted for 30 days
Categories Summer Staff, Part Time Teaching
Focus Other, Environmental
Organization Name Coastal Roots Farm
Job Location 441 Saxony Rd
Encinitas, California
United States
Application Instructions
Please go to and click on “Job and Internship opportunities” to apply online. All applicants must submit: Cover letter Resume Job questions

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