Seasonal Farm Educator, 2021-2022
About Queens County Farm Museum
Queens County Farm Museum is one of the longest continually farmed sites in New York State. The original property was farmed by the Adriance family beginning in 1697. Today, the farm serves as a vital resource connecting people to agriculture and the environment creating conversations about biodiversity, nutrition, health and wellness, climate change and preserving local history. The Queens County Farm Museum is a New York City Landmark, on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City. Queens Farm hosts a wide variety of acclaimed education programs, public events and adult education programs.
Queens Farm’s Education Department is preparing for the 2021-2022 school year! We are seeking fun, engaging, creative educators to lead interactive programs for PreK, elementary, middle, and high school groups. Queens Farm’s School-to-Farm Education Programs serve over 100,000 students annually (pre-COVID) from across NYC. In addition to class trips, Queens Farm offers after-school programs and may continue to offer virtual field trips if there is demand next school year.
At Queens Farm, students learn about sustainable growing practices, heritage livestock, and colonial American history. School-to-Farm programs include Seed to Pumpkin, Apple Cider Pressing, Seasonal Farm Tour, Compost Explorers, Farm Fibers, Quilting Lab, 18th Century Cooking, Animal Adventures, Plants & Ecology, History of NYC and Pollinators. More information about the farm’s curriculum is available here. This is a part-time seasonal position with Monday – Friday morning work schedule, occasional afternoons based on programming.
Qualifications & Experience
- A quick-learner with a friendly personality.
- Passion for history, outdoor education, plant and animal sciences, and inquiry-based learning.
- Demonstrated experience leading interactive presentations.
- Ability to independently lead outdoor tours for groups of 25 – 40 youth and adults.
- Experience working with diverse elementary, middle, and high school students.
- Physical ability to ride tractor-drawn hayride wagons, lift 25 pounds, set-up and breakdown workshops.
- Desire to collaborate with colleagues in a team environment.
- Previous experience working with youth in formal or informal educational settings.
- Ability to commit to Monday – Friday schedule from October – mid November.
- Knowledge of sustainable agriculture, urban farming, animal husbandry, and incorporating STEM into student learning.
- Background in early childhood education and/or with special needs populations.
- Familiarity creating or adapting lesson plans across multiple grade bands.
- Experience leading virtual programs via Zoom or comparable platforms.
- Familiarity w/ Google Apps, Microsoft Office.
Queens Farm’s School-to-Farm class trip program runs October – June. On-site programming is outdoors primarily on weekdays, rain or shine. Seasonal programming is indoors as well.
Additional paid opportunities at weekend public events and volunteer opportunities in the farm’s teaching gardens & compost demonstration site if interested.
Hours & Compensation
This is a part-time position, starting at $15/hour based on experience. Opportunity for growth with Queens Farm. Possibility for additional hours during weekend events beginning in October.
Please send a cover letter explaining why you want to join the Queens Farm team, along with a resume, to Director of Education, Ali: firstname.lastname@example.org. Accepting applications on a rolling basis.
Queens County Farm Museum (QCFM) supports diversity in the workplace. QCFM is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer (EOE) and supports a drug-free workplace.