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Director of Education

Job Description
Director of Education
Watsonville, CA
Full-Time Position
Position open until March 31, 2019
Farm Discovery at Live Earth
Farm to Fork, Seed to Mouth, Child to Community Connections

About Farm Discovery and 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 about 600 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. 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. LEFDP hosts more than 2000 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 programming forward into our next decade of work. You should be ready to hit the ground running, implementing our existing youth programming, hiring and training support staff, and raising new program funding 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 competent, outgoing, detail-oriented and driven person to join our staff as Education Director. Education programs include, but are not limited to: seasonal field trips and Farm Immersions (April-June &Sept-Nov), a weekly immersive program (Sept-June), a monthly Home School program (Sept-June), drop in programs (year round), Farm Camps, Summer Leader in Training and job programs (June-July), two large annual community events, a partnership with Food What?! (March-Oct) and will be adding a 10- month apprenticeship program. This position will supervise our Education Associate and report to the Executive Director in the planning, funding, implementation, evaluation and development of these core programs, taking leadership in all aspects.


Program Execution (33%)

  • Manage the execution and staffing of all programs: field trips, Wavecrest, Farm Immersions, Farm Camps, Wee Ones and school partnerships
  • Recruit, train and manage program staff and volunteers
  • Further develop and implement Docent program including recruitment, training, and cultivating docent relationships
  • Manage Food What?! and Wavecrest partnerships
  • Design, revise, and review curriculum for current, pilot and future education programs
  • Direct Collaboration with Education Associate to develop garden and fields to support and enhance education programs, and develop value added product line
  • Oversee quick and effective communication with clients, visitors, partners, volunteers and students
  • Manage maintenance of educational spaces including kitchen classroom, bathroom, garden and fields.
  • Supervise and perform periodic inventory of tools and supplies. Manage appropriate purchases and repairs
  • Design, manage and execute events with collaboration from entire staff

Program Assessment, Evaluation and Data Management (32%)

  • Develop and implement assessments and program evaluation to measure program outcomes and provide data for grant writing and fundraising goals.
  • Administer documentation of assessments and program evaluation
  • Direct maintenance of Farm Discovery contact, program participant database (Salesforce software)
  • Collaborate to recruit, train and oversee volunteer performed data entry

Program Scheduling, Management, Outreach and Communications (30%)

  • Work with staff to quickly and efficiently manage fee and donation collection and invoicing
  • Support fundraising efforts, and manage those directly funding programs
  • Administer development and publishing of quarterly newsletter
  • Manage program related web, blog and social media content
  • Represent Farm Discovery at local events, networks and service club meetings
  • Design and manage outreach processes for programs

Organization Capacity, Development and Administration (5%)

  • Co-create and co-manage annual organization and program budgets with Executive Director, Development Coordinator and Board
  • Co-create annual fundraising plan
  • Co-create annual report with Executive Director

Required Qualifications:

  • Commitment to a long term position with room for growth.
  • At least 2 years professional experiences or experience in non-profit administration and development.
  • At least 2 years experience working with youth of all ages, infants through college age.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Exemplifies 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.
  • At least 1 year of organic farming production 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. 


This is a long-term position and we are looking for someone who wants to grow with our non profit over the years.


40+ hours per week, 8:30-4:30 and some weekends, with some flexibility


$50,000-$55,000, commensurate with experience. Generous paid vacation, sick time and holiday package. A benefits stipend is provided. We are a small organization ready to grow with you. We believe in a living wage, we are very family friendly. Organic produce, milk, and pasture-raised eggs are available.

Application Procedure:

Please fill in the application form at: https://goo.gl/forms/ix4Go6YbgWhIunOq2

E-mail the following to director@farmdiscovery.org

  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

We are looking for volunteers to participate in our annual Sheep to Shawl Fiber Arts fair March 16, 2018! We are looking for groups of volunteers to host stations, or individuals to be runners. Two time slots are available (9-12:30 and 12-3). This event focuses on sustainable fibers and features musicians, artists, vendors, and ongoing demonstrations of sheep shearing. No experience necessary, ages 15 and up, and families are welcome!