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Abundance Farm: Farm Education Assistant (Part-Time)

Abundance Farm is a Jewish food justice farm and outdoor classroom located in Northampton, Massachusetts. Abundance Farm is a unique collaboration between Congregation B'nai Israel, the Northampton Survival Center, and Lander-Grinspoon Academy to support local food security and to create a unique, outdoor learning environment.  Abundance Farm is a beautiful urban oasis where people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds are drawn for nourishment, community, and learning

The Farm Education Assistant (FEA) at Abundance Farm will play an important role as part of the Farm team.  The FEA will be involved in both helping to manage the farm operation (i.e. planting, weeding, harvesting, orchard maintenance, etc.) as well as helping to facilitate farm-based educational and community programs.  This position will provide opportunities to learn and opportunities to lead.  The FEA will work closely with Farm Manager, Tory Field and with Farm Educator, Nili Simhai.  

Roles and Responsibilities:   In addition to the list below, there is the opportunity for the FEA to dedicate energy on a self-initiated project in consultation with AF staff.

  • Support classroom teachers in using the farm for educational needs

  • Independently facilitate farm-based education for students, families, and adults, with guidance from the Farm Educator

  • Lead staff person for drop-in work days on the farm

  • Lead facilitator for Summer Teen Internship

  • Food production assistance to include the full spectrum of jobs including crop planning, propagation, planting, weeding, fertilizing, irrigation, natural pest control, harvesting, etc.

  • Orchard maintenance

  • (possible) Light construction and infrastructure development/maintenance (e.g. greenhouse construction, trellises, compost bins, signage).

  • (possible) Outdoor classroom infrastructure development.

  • (possible) Organizing community workshops on different topics

  • (possible) Organizer for Spring festival/season kick-off event

  • (possible) Self-initiated project

Job Requirements:

  • Multiple seasons/semesters of experience working in an educational setting with elementary or middle school age children (includes camps, after-school, etc.)

  • One or more seasons of experience working with children in a garden/farm setting

  • Experience with, and interest in, working with teens

  • Passion for gardening/agriculture

  • Ability to work independently

  • Cheerful, team oriented

  • Very dependable and well organized

  • Jewish literacy and interests (preferable)

Schedule and Time:

  • While we ask for the FEA to commit to a regular weekly schedule, the exact schedule and number of weekly hours are negotiable and will be set in conversation with the Farm Manager and Farm Educator.  We estimate an average of 15 hrs weekly from April-September though the weekly schedule may be adjusted based on the time of the season and the needs of the farm.  

  • Our preferred start date would be the first week of April but we have some flexibility.

  • The FEA will also be expected to work independently a good deal of time.

Compensation: $9/hr plus free vegetables

College Credit may be available to interested candidates

To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, and two professional references to info@abundancefarm.org