Sunday, April 2, 2017

Seeking Volunteer Educator for Programs

Farm Educator Position at Whitehall Farms in Clifton, Virginia

Whitehall Farm in Clifton, Virginia is seeking a part-time volunteer Farm Educator. Ideal candidates will have a teaching background, or environmental educational experience and a passion for teaching and working with children. The Farm Educator assists with school-aged field trips, facilitates the parent-child program for young learners, and in the future could develop the outreach program and be a facilitator for a summer farm camp.
Located in Fairfax County 10 minutes from George Mason University, the 200+ acres of Whitehall Farms, LLC offers picturesque woodlands with local wildlife, forested streams, and rolling pasture. Whitehall Farms produces a variety of high-quality farm products including fruits, vegetables, grass-fed meat, eggs, honey, and firewood.  An integral part of our farm are the field trips and parent-child educational programs offered in the spring, summer, and fall.
Field Trips are standards-based, theme-based field trips for school-aged children (pre-K to 12 grade) from local schools, scouting troops, etc. Students participate in hands-on, experiential learning in an authentic farm setting.
Parent-Child Programs are Friday mornings at 10.00 am. Our innovative parent-child program combines a hands-on farm activity with parents and their young children, and listening to a story highlighting the class subject or farm area. Parents/guardians and young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome.

Topics for both Field Trips and Parent-Child Programs include:
  • Wonder of Plants (plant parts, fundamental resources of plants, planting & harvesting)
  • Soil Stories (soil components, ecosystem, composting)
  • Pollinators (diversity of pollinators, bees, role in ecosystem, adaptations)
  • Habitats (plant & animal habitats, diversity)
  • Investigating Agriculture (who are farmers, farming in VA, history, organic & sustainable growing practices and process of farm to market to table)​
  • Animals on the Farm (chickens, pigs, cows; feeding & care)
Farm Educator - Skills and Experience
  • Passionate about educating children
  • Supportive of outdoor, hands-on farm education
  • Experience coordinating programs
  • Able to lead children in farm-based activities
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate clearly
  • Flexibility as our farm grows and changes
  • Reliability and a sense of humor



Compensation
The Farm Educator is currently a volunteer position. Compensation can be negotiated depending on the situation.
Time
Friday mornings for approximately 3 hours, plus weekday field trips depending on availability.
Potential to develop our farm education and outreach programming based on your interests.

Application
Interested to apply to be the Farm Educator for Whitehall Farms? Have Questions?
Please email Anna Isserow with your resume and a short paragraph about your interests and why you could be a good fit for the Farm Educator position to anna@whitehall.farm

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position filled.

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