The Lead Educator & Assistant Camp Director (ACD) position works to bridge a range of our program offerings from March to November. Each year we welcome a host of young people and their communities of teachers and parents to the farm to join in on our farm-based educational experiences. This position works to support the engagement of our educational staff and participants while at the farm.
The Lead Educator/ACD position is dynamic and focuses on supporting all aspects of our School Programs and our 10 week Farm Camp. This position will report directly to the Camp Director, and will collaborate to ensure best practices throughout our school programming and camp programs including the overall management of camp, health and safety guidelines, supporting daily operations and logistics, staff and camper mentoring, and communications with youth, teachers, staff, families, and visitors.
Apply by: April 28 2017
Camp/Organization: Wolfe's Neck Farm
Location: Freeport, Maine
Type of Position: Administrative
Time Frame: Seasonal
Salary: Based on Experience
There are always new adventures to be had within our educational programs. Our Lead Educator/ACD must be diligently mindful of farm operations, including working around electric fences, farm equipment, and large livestock. In addition, the ACD must possess an attention to detail and safety.
We’re also looking for someone who has these kinds of qualifications and characteristics:
- Degree, some higher education, and/or experience in environmental education, experiential education, childhood education/development, or a related field.
- Enjoys working with youth and has a passion for cultivating dynamic and engaging group experiences.
- Experience with and/or knowledge about agriculture, food systems, or related fields is a plus. Must be excited to learn more!
- Desire to be outside in a variety of weather and environments, interact with livestock, and work in our gardens (and cultivate this enthusiasm with your group).
- The ability to effectivity communicate with youth, teachers, staff, families, and visitors.
- Self-motivated with an eye toward problem solving.
- Current WFA (including CPR) or higher, or the ability to successfully gain this certification prior to the start of the position. Lifeguard certification preferred.
Responsibilities (these may vary based on program goals and objectives)
The Lead Educator/ACD will work with the Youth & Family Programs Manager to effectively carry out the following responsibilities:
- Coordination and implementation of staff training
- Lead staff meetings
- Feedback to staff
- Facilitate professional development (e.g. curricular support, behavior modification techniques and strategies, group dynamics support, standards of practice)
- Clearly communicate with staff verbally and in writing
- Lead morning and all camp circles (and ensure the active involvement of all staff and campers)
- Activity and lesson preparation, set up, and overall support
- Supply and materials management
- Supervision of our Junior Counselor program, including management and development of Junior Counselors
- Continued development of our Leaders-in-Training program
Oversight of Health and Safety
- Communicate, reinforce, and enforce safety guidelines and expectations
- Ensure all aspects of programming comply with state regulations and guidelines as well as best practices
- Implement Risk Management Plan, including training, drills, and activation
- Work to prevent and proactively address health and safety concerns
- Manage minor first aid as well as medical, emotional, and behavioral situations that arise
- Coordinate scheduling of staff, camp groups, and activities
- Oversee camp-wide activities
- Manage camp record keeping and ensure staff are fulfilling their responsibilities (e.g. medical logs, incident reports, near-miss reports, communications with families)
School Programs & Farm Camp Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s educational programs connect youth to agriculture and outdoor environments though our school programs and an annual 10 week Farm Camp. Our educational programs utilize our 626 acres filled with barns, pastures, gardens, and forests to explore. With our agricultural base and various ecosystems, we provide unique learning opportunities for students and campers alike. From doing farm chores to digging in our gardens and dissecting vegetables, you can find youth engaged in a variety of hands-on activities.
Freeport, Maine 04103