Postgraduate Education Fellow
Shelburne Farms is proud to host postgraduate education fellows who are early in their careers in the fields of farm-based and place-based education. Our education fellows learn from and work alongside our staff in a variety of our education programs. Fellows also live on site and are immersed in the daily rhythms of the farm and the cycle of the seasons.
A majority of the fellow’s time is spent teaching and learning with our school programs, summer day camp and Children’s Farmyard with additional time spent among our early childhood, family and public programs. Our school programs work primarily with elementary-age youth for place-based, seasonally-themed field trips and local community outreach. Our summer day camps focus on hosting elementary and middle school youth for outdoor, farm-based, day-camp experiences. Outreach programs occur onsite at schools. The educational farmyard is open to the general public and also provides school, camp, and youth group visits from May through October where visitors explore their connection to farm animals to understand where our food and fiber originates. Early childhood programs are full and half-day nature and play-based programs for preschool and early elementary-aged children. Our family and public programs happen mainly in the evenings and on the weekends with a variety of programs and special events offered throughout the year.
Mentorship is provided by education staff members; educational resources are shared; and experiential learning is developed through independent reflection and writing. Graduate level assignments encourage exploration, reflection, and synthesis of the variety of experiences had by fellows during their tenure with Shelburne Farms. Additional time is spent on pursuing a personalized professional learning plan, completing education support projects, and engaging in other areas of the farm. Shelburne Farms is committed to fostering a culturally aware learning community that is open to multiple perspectives. Fellows are provided with feedback on their strengths and areas of improvement to further develop their teaching practice.
Fellowships are offered as seasonal employment from either January to June or from April to October. Fellow applicants may apply for both seasons but may only be selected for one.The audiences and educational approaches differ from season to season therefore the two fellowships are not identical experiences. The January to June Fellowship works almost entirely with our school, family, early childhood, and outreach programs with the main educational focus on place-based education and nature-based play. The April to October Fellowship works mainly with our educational farmyard, summer day camp, and school programs with the educational focus on public interpretation, farm and nature-based play, and place-based learning.
- Participate in an orientation to Shelburne Farms and to the fellow role.
- Participate in farmyard and summer camp training sessions (possibly including tractor driving training).
- Meet with supervisor to create professional goals and a personalized learning plan.
- Check in regularly with mentors and periodically with supervisor to discuss performance, professional goals, and learning plan.
- Observe, team teach, and teach activities for Shelburne Farms school programs, camp, children’s farmyard, and family and public programs (seasonally specific).
- Participate in daily program set-up and debrief meetings with education team.
- Support and/or teach family programs and public events on occasional weekends.
- Participate in and/or provide support for seasonal special events.
- Attend planning meetings for programs and spend time preparing lessons and materials.
- Work on education support projects on non-teaching days.
- Participate in professional learning opportunities (when available) and staff meetings.
- Communicate effectively with coworkers to create a respectful and communicative work environment.
- Receive and incorporate constructive feedback from supervisor and mentors into teaching practice.
- Practice reflection on teaching skills, learning, and daily work and incorporate new learning for continued professional growth.
- Support a continuous effort to foster a culturally aware learning community, open to multiple perspectives.
- College graduate
- Interest and/or prior experience with education, sustainability, or farm-based education.
- Curiosity and willingness to learn about education practices and programs; communicating with a variety of audiences; farming practices; food systems; animal care; and more.
- Prior work experience with camps or education programs.
- Positive and flexible attitude with co-workers and visitors.
- Solution-oriented mindset when faced with challenges.
- Demonstrate initiative and display motivation in work and to seek out learning opportunities.
- Ability to follow directions in assigned tasks and work independently.
- Communicative with an interest in engaging with people of different ages and backgrounds.
- Openness to receive supportive praise and constructive feedback and make adjustments with a growth mindset.
- Available to work Monday-Friday 8am-4pm (hours may vary to include early morning chores and/or camp early care or after care services; schedule will be planned with your input in advance).
- Periodic weekend work to support family and public programs, Children’s Farmyard, and seasonal special events.
- Commitment to work a full season (January - June; or April - October).
Physical Working Conditions
- Indoor and outdoor work environment.
- Varied weather conditions.
- Ability to move over uneven terrain.
- Ability to work with and around large farm animals, hay, manure, and animal bedding (April-October)
- Salaried, exempt position, Stipend paid biweekly.
- Shared, onsite housing provided.
- Possibility of seasonally available food share.
- Possibility to receive graduate credit (arranged by applicant).
- Admission to Shelburne Farms property and walking trails.
- Discount at Welcome Center Farm Store.
Reports to: Kerri McAllister, Education Program Manager
- Winter/Spring fellowships with January start date: Apply by November 1, 2019
- Summer/Fall fellowships with April start date: Apply by February 1, 2020
Application materials are reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline. Qualified candidates are contacted for an interview. We aim to notify all applicants of their final status within 30 days of the application deadline.
Shelburne Farms is committed to fostering a culturally aware learning community that is open to multiple perspectives.