Seasonal Farm Educator, 2022

About Queens County Farm Museum

Queens County Farm Museum is one of the longest continually farmed sites in New York State, celebrating 325 years of farming in 2022. 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.

Job Description

Our Education Department offers:

  • Onsite morning programs: school to farm class trips, virtual tours
  • Offsite after school programs
  • Onsite camps: spring and summer

We are seeking fun, engaging educators for all of these programs that serve students in elementary, middle, and high school. Our field trips serve 30,000 students annually pre-COVID. We have nine (9) offsite after-school programs in 2022, as well as onsite school break camps and a summer Farm Camp.

Our educational programs teach students about sustainable and regenerative farming, the food system, healthy eating, heritage livestock, environmental stewardship and colonial American history. More information about our curriculum is available on our website. Educators work in a part-time capacity with a weekday work schedule that varies (morning vs. afternoon) based on programming.

Qualifications & Experience

  • A quick-learner with a friendly personality.
  • Experience working with diverse elementary, middle, and high school students.
  • Background in early childhood education and/or with special needs populations preferred.
  • Knowledge of sustainable agriculture, urban farming, and incorporating or creating STEM lesson plans.
  • Passion for history, plant and animal sciences, and inquiry-based learning.
  • Ability to independently lead outdoor tours for groups of 25 – 40 youth and adults.
  • Comfortable leading interactive presentations (familiarity w/ Google Suite, Microsoft Office preferred).
  • Experience leading virtual programs via Zoom or comparable platforms.
  • Desire to collaborate with colleagues in a team environment.
  • Physical ability to ride tractor-drawn hayride wagons, lift 25 pounds, set-up and breakdown workshops.

Job Details

  • School-to-Farm class trip programs April – June, with field trips for summer camps in July-August. 
  • Offsite after school programs are 10 weekly sessions from late March – June, taking place within partner schools (car required). 
  • School break camp takes place from April 18 – 22nd. Farm Camp is an 8-week program in July & August.
  • Our on-site programming is outdoors primarily on weekdays, and we work whether rain or shine!
  • Additional paid opportunities available upon interest for our weekend public events and site rentals; volunteer opportunities in our teaching gardens & compost demonstration site if interested.

Hours & Compensation

This is a part-time position; up to 20+ hours per week at $16/hour for onsite programs and approximately 10 hours per week at $30/hr for after school programs. Possibility for additional opportunities during weekend events in April onward.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter explaining why you want to join the Queens Farm team and which educational programs are of interest (field trips, after school and/or camps) to Director of Education, Ali: 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.