Farm Discovery Volunteer! Harvest Festival 2018
Farm Discovery Volunteer! Harvest Festival 2018


volunteermatchlogoFor interest in our on-going volunteer positions call or e-mail Lucie, Director of Education:
831-728-2032 or sign up through the VolunteerMatch

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Produce Donation Delivery 

Farm Discovery is partnering with Pajaro Valley Loaves & FishesEncompass Community Services, Transitional Age Youth program, and Holy Cross Food Pantry and a growing number of programs to help ensure that farmworkers, youth, families and seniors in our community have access to fresh produce. We have been coordinating distribution of hundreds of pounds of produce twice a week and are looking for volunteers to pick up and deliver produce donations to our partner organizations in the community. Come help us feed those in need!

Garden Docent or Garden Work Day

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.

Garden Work Days are great for groups who want to volunteer together. Join us for a day or half day and help us get a bigger farming project done!

Event Docent & Booth Hosts

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.

Booth Hosts are a great way for a group to volunteer together. Your club, business, or book club can work together with our supplies to lead a hands-on activity at our events.

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 and videos are an important tool for telling our story. We need photographers and videographers to take photos or videos 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.


Education Associate

We are looking for some to start as early as August 16th. To apply, please fill out the form at HERE

For questions, email

The Education Associate will co-lead the food, farming and nature education programming, including an apprentice program, new youth development programs and support all education programs. This includes the associated outreach through promotional activities, materials and the management and recruitment of volunteers, interns, apprentices and docents.

Farming: components include co-managing the up to 1-acre Discovery Garden, Education Fields, pygmy goats and chicken flocks, as well as, coordinating with farm staff and volunteers to accomplish large seasonal projects.

Programs: We run seasonal field trips and Farm Immersions (February-June & Sept-Nov), a weekly program with Santa Cruz Montessori (Sept-June), a monthly Home School program (Sept-June), drop in programs (year round), Summer Farm Camps, Summer Leader in Training and job programs (June-July), a partnership with Food What?! (March-Oct), a 10- month apprenticeship, a produce distribution program (year-round), field and garden volunteers (year-round). During the pandemic we have constantly adjusted and developed programs to best serve the needs of our community.

Events: Sheep to Shawl Fair, Supporters Picnic, Fall Feast, Harvest Festival, Farm U-pick Events

The Education Associate will work with our Education Director and Executive Director in the planning, implementation, evaluation (data collection) and development of these core programs and events.

The Education Associate engages and inspires the youth and families we serve about multiple aspects of the food system from production to consumption to food justice.


  • Working with the Education Director on farming and culinary curriculum creation, revision, and implementation for all programming
  • Co-Manage seasonal and day-to-day organic farming operations with ongoing coordination with Live Earth Farm production operations
  • Co-manage educational fields & gardens (planning, propagation and greenhouse work, crop planning, planting and rotation, soil fertility, composting, perennial fruit tree and berry care, harvesting, post harvest handling, irrigation, pest and disease control)
  • Co-manage goat herd and flocks of chickens through overseeing daily and long term husbandry. Facilitate planning and raising of baby chicks
  • Lead farm tours and teach organic farming/gardening skills, environmental stewardship and nutrition.
  • Maintain order and cleanliness of the Education Barn, Kitchen Classroom, and restroom
  • Support program, development and administration staff on big events including Sheep to Shawl Fair, Harvest Festival and Fall Feast, as well as smaller community building and fundraising events (Supporter’s Picnic, Holiday Sip & Shop, Land Stewardship Workdays, etc.)
  • Participate in development of programs
  • Participate in program evaluation (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Training and supervision of seasonal program staff, interns, and field/animal volunteers
  • Restocking supplies and keeping tabs on necessary inventory of needs (animals, fields, facilities, arts/crafts)
  • Help create and share outreach materials for education programs
  • Build community relations & network to help broaden the organizations scope
  • Social media, marketing, blog entries


  • Understanding of Live Earth Farm Discovery Program Policies, Staff Bios, Community Agreements, Staff Schedule
  • Commitment to great customer service during educational programs, including volunteer engagement
  • Passion for building community and deep relationships through food and agriculture
  • Positive, creative, flexible, and takes initiative
  • Ability to work independently, in a team setting, and in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Complete tasks successfully and within specified deadlines: demonstrate strong time management skills implementing programs on time and on budget
  • Dependable with thorough follow through
  • Ability to balance multiple programs/projects at once; strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Good communication skills: verbal, written, electronic and with a variety of audiences
  • Desire to learn and ask questions; openness to different ideas/ways of doing things; think about what you are learning, what you do not know, observe & take notes of your observations; program debriefs
  • Highly competent in use of computers and necessary technology on a daily basis; additional software experience a plus (Salesforce, Google Applications, social media)
  • Physically fit to meet the demands of working on a farm with youth, experience/ability to dig beds by hand and the ability to lift 50lbs
  • Utilize and can exemplify tools or strategies for maintaining self-care and personal wellbeing to implement work/life balance
  • Willingness to work non-traditional hours, including evenings and weekends as farm/programs demand

Sueños Program: NonProfit Administration, Farm Education, Farming Internship Positions

For teenagers and young adults (ages 16 to 24) to develop workplace skills that will prepare you to enter and thrive in an increasingly competitive labor market

Fill out the Pre-Screening Application to get started.

Farm and Education Apprentice

We are looking for a highly motivated, detail-oriented and energetic person for this position of Farm & Education Apprentice. The Apprentice will train with the Education Director and Associate to co-lead the food, farming and nature education programming, cultivate the Farm Discovery fields and garden, and care for the goats and chickens.

The person in this position will work collaboratively with the Farm Discovery team and the owner of Live Earth Farm.

This position requires a collaborative and flexible individual with a high level of organization and flexibility who loves working with children and youth while being motivated to work and learn farm production. Ideally, you also have kitchen/cooking experience or are eager to learn.

You will be an integral member of our team, and a youth educator. You are someone looking to build 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.


  • Assist in farm based education programs: field trips and 3-day immersions (April-June and Sept.-Nov.), Summer Camp (June & July), Santa Cruz Montessori Wavecrest farm program (Sept.-May), and assist/lead irregular tours and volunteer days, help plan and run large community events and fundraising on and off the farm throughout the year
  • Assist in seasonal and day-to-day organic farming operations with ongoing coordination with Live Earth Farm production operations including bed prep, planting, irrigation, propagation, harvesting
  • Work with team to maintain farm and education facilities and tools
  • Learn to make value added products like jam, sauce, pickles and more
  • Live on the farm in private yurt, gaining skills in animal husbandry, feeding and watering goats and chickens daily, caring for physical health as needed. ($250/month pre tax deduction from wages)
  • 40-hour per week, full time seasonal position with paid vacation, sick time, and holidays
  • 10-month contract
  • Salary $22,800




  • Passion for building community and deep relationships through food and agriculture
  • Interest in informal education careers
  • Interest in developing 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
  • Interest in local, seasonal cooking and preservation
  • Ability to work independently, in team setting, and in fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Ability to handle multiple programs/projects at once; strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Physically fit to meet the demands of working on farm with youth, ability to dig beds by hand and lift 50lbs
  • Rooted in Santa Cruz and or Monterey County


  • Cultural identity and lived experience relevant to the youth we serve
  • Bilingual Spanish speaker
  • Experience working with children and youth
  • Valid California Driver’s license and vehicle for personal travel

To Apply email a cover letter and resume to

See our Indeed posting here