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Job Opening: Farm to School Educator

Updated: Jan 13

About this position

Reports to: Programs Manager

Supervisor Responsibility: Some volunteer supervision

Hours per week: 1.0 FTE or 40 hours per week year round

Employment category: This is a regular, full time position, year round

Pay and benefits: $20/hour; this position is eligible for full health & vision insurance coverage after 30 days of employment; Food Roots provides ten paid holidays and paid time off by accrual basis (16 hours per month for full time equivalent).


Farm to School Program Description

Food Roots Farm to School programming provides hands-on, garden-based lessons rooted in science content, local food tastings, farmer visits to classrooms, farm field trips, farm to school related family and community engagement and local food procurement support for school food buyers. Farm to School activities like these support student academic, social, emotional, behavioral and healthy habit development, and help families develop relationships with local food producers. Farm to School is part of the fabric of Food Roots programs that help grow a more robust and equitable food system in Tillamook County.


General Position Goals and Duties

  • Develop and facilitate school and community partnerships, projects and activities that enhance Food Roots Farm to School program and mission.

  • Provide on-going garden-based education and local food engagement activities in partnership with schools and other community organizations.

  • Maintain strong relationships with teachers, administrators and staff, parents, and other community stakeholders and partners.

  • Cultivate a safe, engaging environment throughout all program activities that is responsive to the academic, behavioral, social, emotional and physical needs of participants while recognizing the diversity of backgrounds and experiences participants bring with them.

  • Increase the visibility of Food Roots programming in our region.


Specific Position Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach regular hands-on, garden based lessons to Pre-K-8th grade classes, following Food Roots’ garden science activity guide; provide these lessons virtually when necessary.

  • Lead schoolwide tasting table events promoting local, regional, and Oregon produced foods and food producers.

  • Plan and facilitate farmer engagement activities for Pre-K-8th grade classes such as farmer visits to classrooms, field trips to local farms, and farm field trip videos.

  • Plan and facilitate program-related family engagement events when available to schools.

  • Collaborate with Food Roots staff, contractors, school and community partner staff, and parents and volunteers to maintain school gardens; lead volunteer work parties at garden sites.

  • Support Programs Manager in facilitating monthly school garden committee meetings, seasonal meetings with school administrators, and school staff meetings as determined.

  • Work with team members to cross promote Food Roots programming and local food engagements.

  • Invite ongoing feedback from teachers, administrators and staff, parents and students to enhance Farm to School educational programming.

  • Participate in weekly check-ins and Food Roots bi-weekly staff meetings, and staff retreats and trainings as determined.

  • Attend community partnership meetings (such as TC STEM meetings) as assigned.

  • Keep garden and lesson materials well stocked and organized.

  • Complete monthly tracking forms and support data collection for program evaluation as needed.

  • Other related assignments as necessary.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

  • Demonstrable commitment to Food Roots’ mission and values.

  • Demonstrable commitment to inclusive and responsive teaching practices.

  • At least 1-2 years working with elementary and/or junior high school students, preferably with a hands-on approach to learning including time in outdoor environments.

  • Experience working with diverse socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural groups.

  • Excellent communication, time management, organization skills and attention to detail.

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team to complete multiple projects on different timelines; ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and balance priorities.

  • Basic computer skills (Mac or PC, GMail), and familiarity with either GSuite (Google Docs, Sheets and Slides), or Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).


In addition to the qualifications above, we invite applicants who may have the following experience (the following skills and background are not a requirement but will benefit your application; please note these attributes in your application if you possess them):

  • Higher education completion or coursework, or professional certification, in areas like elementary education, environmental or outdoor education, nutrition, agriculture, botany, or horticulture.

  • Experience growing organic vegetables in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Experience working in areas like school food service, food systems sustainability, and food security.

  • Familiarity with Common Core, STEM, and Next Generation Science Standards.

  • Ability to speak and converse in Spanish.


Requirements

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check as required by school districts when working directly with students.

  • School's also require all staff and volunteers working with students to show proof of Covid-19 vaccinations.

  • Valid driver's license and ability to operate a personal motor vehicle with travel to work sites, subject to mileage reimbursement for travel outside the Food Roots office.

  • Program activities may include some evening and weekend events.

  • Frequently lift, carry or move 10-30 pounds; occasionally lift up to 50 pounds.

  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.


Application Process

  1. Please submit the following materials by email to Lauren Sorg, Executive Director lauren.sorg@foodrootsnw.org. Please, no phone calls.

  2. A resume highlighting relevant experience.

  3. A cover letter (one page maximum), detailing how your experience meets the qualifications, skills and attributes section of this position description and why you want this job.

  4. Submit application materials as one PDF document.


Notes on application process:

  • If you are selected for an interview we will request three professional references.

  • We will accept applications for this position until 11:59pm on February 11, 2022. We may close the application period early if we determine that we have identified a candidate.

  • Interviews will be scheduled as qualified applications are received so please don’t wait to submit your materials if you are interested in this position.

  • Anticipated start date is February 2022 but we can provide some flexibility with the start date if the candidate will be relocating to Tillamook County from out of the area.