Community & Visitor Educator Wolfe's Neck Center
- Date Posted January 04, 2019
- Location Freeport, ME
- Category Education / Nonprofit
- Job Type Part-Time
WNC’s Community & Visitor programs connect thousands of visitors of all ages with our farm and sustainable agriculture each year. Educators will play a role in both formal and informal education, with offerings ranging from sensory explorations in the barn with toddlers to leading a tour of our milking parlor for a group of seniors. These programs are both fee based, pre-registered programs, as well as spontaneous barn tours and talks.
Role & Responsibilities
Community & Visitor Educators are the face of WNC. Educators help engage visitors in formal and informal programs across the campus to increase the visitor experience, while helping keep the public and our livestock safe and happy. Educators lead programs with a wide range of audiences to facilitate a deeper connection to our unique farm. Community & Visitor Educators provide visitors with accurate information about our history, agricultural operations, natural ecosystems, community events, and various programs. This part time position shifts seasonally:
- Late May-June: Programs are mostly offered on weekends for approximately 10-15 hours per week, in addition to the initial four-day orientation & training.
- June 24th - September 7th: Peak season – Wolfe’s Neck offers a variety of programs daily, including weekends, and occasional evenings – 30-40 hours a week
- October: Fall on the Farm – We operate mostly Friday-Sunday with our Fall on the Farm programming involving Pumpkin Hayrides – 15-20 hours per week
What We’re Looking For
With over 30,000 visitors each year, Community & Visitor Educators connect people to farming and our mission. WNC is looking for educators who are passionate about education with a desire to introduce people of all ages to the farm, our livestock, and the unique ocean ecosystems the farm rests upon. Community & Visitor Educators operate multiple programs on any given day, often without direct support and supervision, so candidates must be self-motivated, self-sufficient and reliable. As with any educational program, situations can change quickly (from weather, to animal issues, etc.) so educators must be confident, dynamic, and not easily flustered with change. Prior farm, livestock, and fruit & vegetable knowledge is not required, but candidates must be excited about the opportunities to become well versed in our different practices and overall mission.
- Experience in environmental education, childhood education/development, agriculture, food systems, or related fields.
- Ability to work and problem-solve independently as well as collaboratively.
- Assist in livestock management, such as egg collecting, hay and manure cleanup, leading livestock on leads, etc.
- Motivation to help develop existing programmatic areas as well as creating new educational programs and opportunities.
- Desire to be outside in a variety of weather, interact with livestock, and introduce thousands of people to small-scale agriculture and Wolfe’s Neck Center.
- Ability to be trained to safety operate a tractor pulling a hay wagon. Must be 21+ to operate a tractor under our insurance.
- Ability to efficiently and graciously manage program registration, walk-on participants, questions from the general public, while also helping to collect program data.
- Experience with Microsoft Office and Excel in order to track data, metrics, and create content where applicable.