Fields: sustainability, agriculture, historic preservation, youth, education
Location: Queens, NYC
About the Organization: Queens County Farm Museum is a 47-acre working farm dating back to 1697. We are a public resource, visited by over 400,000 people each year. The site includes a landmark farmhouse, glass greenhouse, and restored barns which give us a glimpse into our agrarian past. Its rich glacial soil–which attracted European settlers in the 17th century–is cultivated today using sustainable practices, providing people with the freshest food. We are a New York City treasure where historic structures, productive fields, woodland, and livestock bring agricultural history to life. Our farm animals and tranquil agrarian environment provide the opportunity to leave the hectic daily pace behind for an enjoyable visit to a farm without leaving the city, with general admission free of charge.
About the Position: Our Education Department is seeking fun, engaging part-time educators to lead interactive programs for elementary, middle, and high school groups. Each school year, thousands of NYC youth participate in our school-day programming and learn about growing practices, heritage livestock, and colonial history.
This is a part-time seasonal position. The schedule is Monday through Friday from 9:00am-1:00pm. Our fall program season runs from October – mid November. Winter programs run November – March. Preference given to those who can commit to 5 days per week, Monday-Friday for at least an entire season. This is an outdoor position and we offer programs rain or shine. Opportunities for weekend events and working in children’s garden and compost demonstration site.
- A quick-learner with a friendly personality; Desire to collaborate with colleagues in a team environment.
- 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 and urban farming; Passion for history, plant and animal sciences, and inquiry-based learning.
- Comfortable leading interactive educational presentations (experience with Microsoft PPT desirable).
- Ability to independently lead outdoor tours for groups of 25-40 youth and adults; Physical ability to lead walking tours, ride tractor-drawn hayrides, lift 25 pounds, set-up and breakdown workshops.
Estimated Salary: $16/hour, up to 20 hours/week. Possibility for additional weekend hours at farm-wide events. Note: Dr. Amy K. Glasmeier at MIT estimates the living wage in the City of New York to be $16.14 hourly.
Deadline: September 14, 2018
Queens County Farm Museum