Times of day
A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
10052 Reading Road
Volunteers are expected
- To be at least 19 years of age.
- To have the ability to accept supervision and guidance.
- To have the ability to speak to and lead a group of 10 children and several chaperones and teachers on foot for 1.5 miles along several gradient changes on a paved/gravel path for several hours on the Gorman Heritage Farm site AND/OR facilitate a stationary activity to a group of 10 children and several chaperones and teachers while remaining alert, friendly, and patient.
- To have the capacity to implement the Gorman Heritage Farm Education Program (training will be provided to all volunteers on the program and site).
- CPR Certification is preferred but not required.
- To complete an FBI background check
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR A VOLUNTEER EDUCATOR
Volunteers are expected:
- To be responsible, along with the Education Team, for the oversight and engagement of visitors to Gorman Heritage Farm in order to achieve the mission of the Farm.
- To help educational groups at Gorman Heritage Farm have a safe, happy, and empowering experience.
- To lead groups, but are not responsible for the direct supervision of these groups. Supervision is provided (and required) by group chaperones, teachers, and aides.
- This position reports to the Education Coordinator, and is supported by other Education positions.
- To know, adhere to, and implement the policies and procedures of Gorman Heritage Farm.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES FOR A VOLUNTEER EDUCATOR
Volunteers are expected:
- To attend Gorman Heritage Farm Volunteer Educator orientation and to participate in the training.
- To read the volunteer manual.
- To participate in at least 2 education shadowing sessions prior to leading a group.
- To arrive promptly to the Gorman Heritage Farm site on days when scheduled to volunteer.
- To meet and welcome education groups when they arrive to Gorman Heritage Farm.
- To introduce themselves and their role to education groups.
- To support education staff, lead, and take part in introducing the Gorman Heritage Farm site, and in informing groups of restrooms, first aid locations, and farm resource center.
- To lead education groups throughout the Gorman Heritage Farm site while implementing the pre-structured program, including providing information about farm structures, farm activities, and farm history.
- To help prepare education groups for their visit and to answer questions and/or find the individual best able to answer questions
- To ask for help and feedback.
- To appropriately and politely direct chaperones in the event that support is needed during an education tour.
- To communicate any issues/challenges/questions from tour groups.
- To instruct education group participants in emergency procedures should the need arise.
How To Apply
Thank you kindly for your interest in our Volunteer Educator program! Every Spring and Fall, Gorman Heritage Farm welcomes local schools to our Farm for fun and engaging educational programming.
We rely on the energy, experience, and commitment of many volunteers to ensure our field trip programs continue to be excellent.
Please read and complete the following application to be considered for our Volunteer Educator program. Unfortunately, we're not able to accommodate every applicant, and will contact you when there is availability.
Please also note, we consider all applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.