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Seasonal Livestock Educator - Ipswich, MA

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The Opportunity. 

Appleton Farms serves the schools and families of our community with immersive, experiential youth education. We build on the Trustees’ expertise in nature conservation, designed landscapes, regenerative agriculture, and culinary education to create our innovative STEAM-centered and systems-based curriculum. 

 

Reporting to the Education Manager at Appleton Farms, the Livestock Educator will support Appleton Farms’ mission in two capacities: 1) coordinating and leading public and youth livestock education programs such as weekend family programming and livestock camp and youth programs under the management of the Education Manager; and 2) oversee the care and maintenance of all Appleton Farms education livestock under the oversight of the Livestock Manager. 

 

Are you a Match? We are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who believes in our mission and wants to advance their career. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated passion for place-based education, sustainable agriculture and local farming, and will bring experience related to livestock care and customer service/education. This position is highly independent and requires someone who is a self-starter with excellent customer service and interpersonal skills. At least three years of relevant work experience is required. 

 

In This Role You Will: 

The Livestock Educator is a seasonal role starting in mid-late April running through the end of October. This role will work between 32-42 hours per week on a Thursday-Sunday schedule, hours dependent on the season, animal needs, and public program schedule. Full weekend (Saturday & Sunday) work required. 

 

Weekend, Family & Youth Livestock Education Program 

  • Execute  livestock  education programs, including but not limited to weekend family programs, youth and camp livestock activities and lessons, preschool programs that are chaperones, and assist with other livestock education programs such as field study and school partnership programs. 
  • Work  directly  with  Education Manager to create, grow, and diversify a livestock education program at the farm. 
  • Manage a team of part-time weekend educators and program leaders. 
  • Work with Youth Programs Manager and Education Manager to create, improve, and build comprehensive curriculum focused on livestock education for livestock education programs. 
  • Track and achieve revenue and membership goals for all livestock education programs. 
  • Maintain high standards of education and safety for all education programs. 
  • Manage ACME system including program registration setup, registration, and sales. 
  • Perform all duties related to execution of education programs including set up, break down, and education supply restocking. 
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation. 

 

Education Livestock Management 

  • Work directly with the Livestock Manager to oversee and manage of the care and maintenance of all education livestock, which could include (but is not necessarily limited to): dairy cattle and calves, laying and broiler chickens, goats, sheep, and rabbits. 
  • Work with Education Manager and Livestock Manager to identify and obtain livestock animals best suited for the education program. 
  • Manage a team of part-time staff and volunteers to assist with animal care and education programming. 
  • Track and maintain adherence to a budget for education livestock, including animal feed, housing, veterinary care and other associated costs. 
  • Maintain high standards of care and safety for all education animals. Maintain the same high standards of safety for all staff, volunteers, youth, and the public when interacting with animals. 
  • Other administrative and operational duties as assigned with or without accommodation. 


The Opportunity. 

Appleton Farms serves the schools and families of our community with immersive, experiential youth education. We build on the Trustees’ expertise in nature conservation, designed landscapes, regenerative agriculture…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Temporary
  • Start Date
    April 30, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 30, 2021

Benefits

About Appleton Farms

Appleton Farms, established in 1638, is one the oldest continuously operating farms in the country. At almost 1000 acres, Appleton is a regenerative farm that grows healthy and delicious food while supporting a diverse ecological landscape where pollinators, birds, and wildlife thrive alongside our crops and livestock. The farm hosts year-round educational programs and events that foster a sense of place and deep appreciation for local food, farms, history, and nature. Appleton Farms is one of The Trustees most prominent properties and an important platform for engaging people in the agricultural work of the organization. 

 

About The Trustees 

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster. Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care. We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households. 

 

The Trustees has been featured in the Top 100 Women-Led Organizations in Massachusetts for six consecutive years. 

 

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of its team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission. 

 

The Trustees is a signer of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council and a Member of the Boston College Center for Work and Family. 

 

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. 

About Appleton Farms

Appleton Farms, established in 1638, is one the oldest continuously operating farms in the country. At almost 1000 acres, Appleton is a regenerative farm that…

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Education and Experience: 

  • Undergraduate degree, pursuit thereof, or equivalent experience in animal science or other relevant field of study 
  • 1 year minimum experience directly related to the care and oversight of livestock such as cattle, goats, and chickens 
  • Experience working with youth and the public in an educational or customer service setting  
  • Background CORI/SORI check required annually. 

 

Skills/Qualifications: 

  • Quick learner; able to function and act independently 
  • Able to work well with people in a team environment  
  • Excellent communication skills; demonstrated experience in oral communication, persuasive writing, and training staff. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage many deadlines, tasks, and relationships. 
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to manage projects and workflow, using time and resources effectively. 
  • High regard for teamwork, collegiality, customer service and visitor experience. 

Education and Experience: 

  • Undergraduate degree, pursuit thereof, or equivalent experience in animal science or other relevant field of study 
  • 1 year minimum experience directly…

Location

On-site
Ipswich, MA

How to Apply

Please apply online via The Trustees website linked here.

Please apply online via The Trustees website linked here.

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