Seasonal Farmyard Educator

Join our Children’s Farmyard education team! The Children’s Farmyard is the largest of the Farm’s public programs. As an educator, you’ll engage visitors with a variety of farm animals and activities that foster an understanding of agricultural systems. The goal of the CFY is to educate and connect visitors to agriculture in a safe, engaging, hands-on environment. 

Responsibilities:

  • Work as a farm-based educator using the Children’s Farmyard as a framework to educate for sustainability.
  • Greet and orient visitors, school groups, and summer campers to the farmyard space.
  • Engage with public about topics ranging from basic animal information to discussions about farming practices.
  • Lead three half-hour activities per day engaging visitors of all ages. Examples include: Milk a Cow, Chicken Parade, Working with Wool, Meet a Calf, and special seasonal programs.
  • Lead interactive presentations for large groups and engage public in less formal ‘meet and greet a farm animal’ activities.
  • Clean animal pens and the farmyard area, assist with garden tasks, set up education spaces, and plan activities daily.
  • Drive the tractor to shuttle visitors between the Welcome Center and the Farmyard (training provided).
  • Uphold excellent guest services at all times.
  • Provide information about the Shelburne Farms campus, history, products, and services.
  • Support a continuous effort to foster a culturally aware learning community, open to multiple perspectives.
  • Communicate effectively with staff to create a respectful and open work environment.
  • Attend weekly meetings and explore the farm campus to gain knowledge of the farm for better guest experience.  
  • Role model and mentor youth volunteers (ages 9-17).
  • Provide support for special events.

Working Conditions:

  • Outdoor work environment with varied weather conditions.
  • Able to move over uneven terrain.
  • Comfort working around large animals.
  • Weekend work required.
  • This position begins April 24, 2017 and ends October 24, 2017.
  • Able to lift 50 lbs.

 Shelburne Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to fostering a culturally aware learning community that is open to multiple perspectives.  

Qualifications & Requirements: 
  • Education or interpreter experience required.
  • Basic knowledge/understanding of food and farm issues preferred.
  • Valid First Aid and CPR Certification (training provided).
  • Flexible and positive attitude with a willingness to learn from others.
Salary/Wage:  $11/hour starting salary based on experience
Benefits:  dozen fresh eggs a week; discounts on Farm products and services, and more.
Term:  Seasonal
Time:  Full Time
How To Apply: 

Please email a letter of interest, resume, and 3 reference contacts to: Noel Perriello, nperriello@shelburnefarms.org, or mail to Shelburne Farms, attn: Noel Perriello, 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482

Shelburne Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to fostering a culturally aware learning community that is open to multiple perspectives.