Hiring: Forestry Farmer Teacher – The Farm School
Program for Visiting Schools (PVS) Forestry Farmer Teacher Job Description
Our Program for Visiting Schools is the centerpiece of The Farm School . Each school year, over 1,500 children come to help us care for our farm during 3-day visits. The students come with their classes, in groups of up to 40 children at once. While on the farm, students find the magic and value that comes from being with the land, working together and experiencing first hand what it means to be stewards of the earth within their communities.
The Forestry Farmer Teacher works in partnership with the Forestry/Draft Animal Teamster/Manager. The Forestry Farmer Teacher leads the youth through every aspect of trail maintenance and creation, wood splitting, maple sugaring, mushroom cultivation, reading the forest, youth hikes, felling, bucking and the milling lumber. This role also offers Farmer Teachers the ability to learn and engage in Draft Animal operations to bring trees out of the forest to the mill and to assist in food crop cultivation.
The role of each Farmer Teacher is to have the foresight and ability to organize your assigned work area in ways that are accessible for youth and allow youth to equally engage, side by side with you, in the core elements of the work area listed above. This role is well suited for those that can engage youth in the moment at hand, have a sense of playfulness, can balance having a clear direction while maintaining flexibility on how to get there, can be responsible, clear and collaborative rather than authoritative, possess a good sense of boundaries, enjoys building relationships and can lead just enough to open up a youths capabilities, sense value and place on the farm.
The Forestry Farmer Teacher works in collaboration with the other 3 work areas on the farm which are the Kitchen/Garden work area, the Barn/Livestock work area and Market Garden. The main point person for the Forestry Farmer teacher is the Forestry/Teamster Manager whose role it is to ensure the systems are in place for the entire Forestry Team to fulfill their responsibilities. The Forestry/Teamster Manager is your direct point person for feedback, questions and scheduling needs.
Core Responsibilities – To organize your work area, plans and programs in ways that uplift the FS mission and goals towards Racial Equity and Liberation
– To organize your work area, plans and programs in ways that keep youths ability to
engage in the task of your work area
– To be thoughtful, respectful, dependable, collaborative in your interactions with youth,
recognizing their value, autonomy and personhood
– Ability to work within a schedule that has multiple transitions
– To be reliable in meeting your scheduled commitments and in your communication when
changes or support is needed
– Participate in weekly programmatic activities including options, class, chores, dish clean
up, evening activities, community meetings, opening and closing circles
– Ability to work outside through all 4 seasons
– Experience with chainsaws, wood splitters, saw mills and tractors are a plus Experience
with draft animals, horse or oxen is a plus
– To bring various aspects of your hobbies, interest and identities into your work and to
share these as you would like among the youth and farmer teachers.
Community Based Responsibilities
– Participate in a rotation of weekend recycling and animal chores across the farm
– Participate in vacation work week activities for your work area and group work projects
that fall outside of your specific work area
– Participate in weekly staff logistical meetings and Race and Equity Within Communities
focused meetings and participate in the facilitation rotation
– Participate in all Trainings, All-Staff Meetings including those on Race and Equity
HR Based Responsibilities
– Remain current on CPR/First Aid and Food Safety certifications in collaboration with the
– Participate in feedback, check-ins and reviews as scheduled
– Read the FS Handbook and Conflict Resolution Protocols and use them as a resources
In addition to your particular position, the unpredictable nature of farming/working with youth and our shared responsibility for the care of the farm requires that all employees engage in the process of meeting the needs of the farm/program- gardens, fields, forest, barns, bunkhouses, kitchens etc. and to do so in communication with your Program Director, Co-Directors and fellow farmer/teachers. We strive for a consistent 40 – 45 hour work (a 9 hour day with an 1.5 hour paid break) and ask that any foreseen need for additional hours be discussed with your manager. Compensation and Benefits include: $38,000 to $45,000 starting annual salary, onsite housing possible based on availability, relocation benefits, employer paid health insurance, professional development funds, farm grown food, 6 days of sick/personal time, 6 weeks paid vacation, 2%
annual retirement contribution.
Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with Forestry Team and your
last name in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position(s)
We serve diverse communities of students and we are striving to develop a staff that reflects that. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply to our open positions. The Farm School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in any of its school administered policies or programs.