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Education Associate

Job Announcement
Education Associate
Watsonville, CA
Permanent Full-Time Position

January 15th 2019 Full-Time Start Date

Farm Discovery
Farm to Fork, Seed to Mouth, Child to Community Connections

About Farm Discovery & Live Earth Farm

Live Earth Farm, established in 1996, is a 150 acre diversified, organic, family farm overlooking the Pajaro Valley in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. We run a year round CSA with over 800 members, growing over 50 different fruits and vegetables surrounded by a native landscape of redwoods and oak woodland. Our produce is directly marketed through local farmer’s markets, restaurants, a thriving web store, and our weekly CSA program.

The education programs at Live Earth Farm began with the farm in 1996 and Farm Discovery at Live Earth was formally established as a nonprofit organization in 2007 to compliment and expand the educational programs at Live Earth Farm. Farm Discovery hosts more than 2800 children on the farm each year for farm based, hands-on learning opportunities through 9 different programs. Learn more about us at farmdiscovery.org

Farm Discovery has a consistent track record of solid financial standing, and we’re on a growth trajectory. We are now looking for a new person to join our team and take a leadership position to drive our farm and food education programming forward into our next decade of work. You should be ready to hit the ground running, implementing our youth programming in your first year, with an eye toward farm/program development and innovation to take Farm Discovery to the next level shortly after.

Position Description

We are looking for a highly motivated, detail-oriented and energetic person for this position of Education Associate. This position will co-lead the food, farming and nature education programming, including a revamped apprentice program, new youth development programs and support all education programs.

This position will work in concert with our Education Coordinator, and Executive Director in the planning, implementation, evaluation and development of these core programs, taking leadership on the culinary aspects. Additionally, this position will be instrumental in developing and implementing a new outdoor education apprenticeship program and value-added product launch.

This position requires a collaborative individual with a high level of organization and flexibility who is gifted in working with youth while being solid on farm production and in the kitchen. You will be a leader in our organization, and a youth educator. You are someone with outstanding education, farming, cooking and relationship building skills, who can engage and inspire the youth we serve about multiple aspects of the food system from production to consumption to food justice. You are approachable, a great communicator, and passionate about our mission. You get the big picture, while being a strategic thinker who can dive in and get the daily work done with a strong attention to detail. You’re playful, comfortable being you, and willing to share your personal magic with Farm Discovery students while creating safe space on the farm and in the kitchen.


  • Co-manage seasonal and day-to-day organic farming operations with ongoing coordination with Live Earth Farm production operations.
  • Maintain order and cleanliness of education barn, kitchen classroom, and restroom.
  • Implement all education programs at the direction of or in collaboration with the Education Coordinator.
  • Develop and implement a new value-added product line. Involves managing relationships with local business partners and retailers.
  • Maintain existing, and create new, relationships with local chefs, coordinating their participation as summer camp guest chefs and chefs for our annual benefit.
  • Work with program and administration staff to accomplish big events including Sheep to Shawl Fair, Harvest Festival and Fall Feast in the Fields, as well as smaller community building and fundraising events (Supporter’s Picnic, Holiday Sip & Shop, Land Stewardship Workdays).
  • Direct the food aspects of four events, including annual benefit dinner. This includes menu creation with chefs, sourcing ingredients, and coordinating food day of.
  • Support implementation of fundraising and community events.
  • Participate in program evaluation (quantitative and qualitative).
  • Supervision of seasonal program staff, interns, and volunteers.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience working with youth of various ages.
  • Organic farming/gardening experience including crop planning, greenhouse, irrigation, cultivation, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest handling, CSA/market, and cover crop experience. Farm and crew management experience strongly preferred.
  • Significant cooking experience—catering experience a plus.
  • Strong facilitation and group management skills, especially in an outdoor education setting.
  • Knowledge of and experience with low-income communities and underserved communities of color.
  • Passion for building community and deep relationships through food and agriculture.
  • Positive, creative, flexible, and takes initiative.
  • Ability to work independently, in team setting, and in fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Completes tasks successfully and within specified deadlines: demonstrates strong time management skills implementing programs on time and on budget.
  • Dependable with thorough follow through.
  • Ability to handle multiple programs/projects at once; strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Good communication skills: verbal, written, electronic and with a variety of audiences.
  • Bilingual Spanish speaker.
  • Highly competent in use of computers and necessary technology on a daily basis; additional software experience a plus (salesforce, farm management tools, social media).
  • Physically fit to meet the demands of working on farm with youth, experience/ability to dig beds by hand and with a BCS and the ability to lift 50lbs.
  • Utilizes and can exemplify tools or strategies for maintaining self-care and personal well-being.
  • Willingness to work non-traditional hours, including evenings and weekends as farm/programs demand.
  • Valid California Driver’s license and vehicle for personal travel.


  • Cultural identity and lived experience relevant to the youth we serve.
  • Rooted in Santa Cruz County, particularly the Pajaro Valley.

Position Details:

This is a 40-hour per week, full time position with paid vacation, sick time, and holidays. A benefits stipend is provided. Salary $30,000-$35,000, commensurate with experience. In addition, the farm will provide produce, fresh eggs, and goat milk as available. A private yurt and communal kitchen and bath facility are available for $450/month pre tax deduction from wages. Living on site is required, due to the nature of the work.

To Apply:

Please upload to indeed job posting at: http://www.indeed.com/job/education-associate-75b1df45ee7bf86d

  1. A cover letter that shares the unique skills you bring to the table and includes the date or range of timing you are interested/available to start
  2. A resume with at least two professional references

We will begin reviewing and accepting candidate material immediately.

Garden Docent

Garden Docents help maintain our 1/3 acre Discovery Garden and surrounding Discovery Fields. With help and training from our staff, docents prepare beds, plant, harvest, propagate, mulch paths, and occasionally work with students in our educational spaces. Garden Docents are also welcome to join training sessions for Program Docents to learn our activities and outdoor education tips and tricks.

Event Docent

Event Docents act as ambassadors of our farm, lead learning stations, collect parking fees, set-up and clean-up during our 4 annual community events in March, June, September, and October.

Program Docent

Program Docents help lead farm tours especially for large groups of students. Docents receive training to lead all of our field trip activity stations and learn tips and tricks for educating kids in an outdoor setting. During a field trip docents are either responsible for running one station four times with 12-15 kids, or all four stations with the same 12-15 kids all morning. Field trips are currently offered on Monday and Friday Mornings September through Thanksgiving and April through the end of the school year.


Photographs are an important tool for telling our story. We need photographers to take photos of our farm tours and events. The subject matter is inspiring and easy to make look good.  Who doesn’t love babies in vegetable patches, farm animals and glorious natural landscapes? We would welcome as many volunteers as are interested in helping us record our achievements.

volunteermatchlogoFor interest in our on-going volunteer positions call or e-mail a resume to Hayley, Education Coordinator: Education@FarmDiscovery.org.
831-728-2032 or sign up through the VolunteerMatch