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 onsite 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 field trip programs with additional time spent among our early childhood, outreach, family, and public programs; and occasional time spent with our educational farmyard due to the seasonality.  Our school programs work primarily with elementary-age youth for place-based, seasonally-themed field trips and local community outreach.  Outreach programs occur onsite at schools.  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 or on the weekends with a variety of programs and special events offered throughout the year.  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. 

Mentorship is provided by education staff members; educational resources are shared; and experiential learning is embraced through goal setting, independent exploration, 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 identifying goals and 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 and professional development plan.  

Fellowships are offered as temporary, seasonal employment from either September 2019 to June 2020 or January 2020 to June 2020. In addition to the difference in length of fellowship, the audiences and educational approaches differ from season to season therefore the two fellowships are not identical experiences.  

Responsibilities

  • Participate in an orientation to Shelburne Farms and to the fellow role.
  • Participate in educator prep days,staff training, observation of programs, and professional development sessions.
  • Create and pursue 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, outreach, children’s farmyard, 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 typically on weekends.
  • Attend planning meetings for programs and spend time preparing lessons and materials.
  • Work on education support projects, your personalized learning plans, and/or fellowship syllabus assignments when not teaching.
  • Communicate effectively with coworkers to create a respectful and communicative work environment.
  • Maintain and contribute to a tidy shared work space and living space (if living onsite). 
  • 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.

Qualifications

  • College graduate
  • Prior experience or serious professional interest in 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 education for sustainability.
  • Prior work experience with camps, formal or informal 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.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion within teaching practice and work environment. 
  • Ability and awareness of self and others when working on a team, ability to step up and lead and step back and follow as needed.
  • 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.

Requirements

  • Available to work core, weekly, on site schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 830am-2pm.  
  • Additional weekly hours may vary to include early morning chores, flexible work time for fellowship assignments, pursuing goals, completing projects, and attending meetings.
  • Ability to work periodic, scheduled weekend programs; schedule will be planned with your input in advance.  
  • Commitment to work a full season (September- June or January-June).

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
  • Commitment to contribute to and maintain a tidy shared work space and living space (if living onsite). 

Compensation

  • Salaried, exempt position. Stipend paid biweekly.
  • Shared, on-site 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 Store.

To Apply

Please email a resume, letter explaining your interest in the position, contact information for two references, and season preference in the subject line (Sept-June and/or Jan-June) to: [email protected].  

  • September - June fellowships with September tbd start date: Apply before August 16, 2019
  • January - June fellowships with January 6, 2020 start date: Apply before October 1, 2019

Timeline

Application materials are reviewed and interviews offered on a rolling basis until the deadline.  Qualified candidates will be contacted as soon as possible for an interview for the September to June Fellowship.  


Shelburne Farms is committed to fostering a culturally aware learning community that is open to multiple perspectives.