With a mission to promote sustainable land use, Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center includes a 25-acre organic farm, an education center, and native plant nursery located on 200 acres of forest and valley land in the Snoqualmie Valley, 25 miles east of Seattle. The farm supports a 800-member CSA and supplies local restaurants and independent grocery stores with local, organic produce. Our education center, which has a working small farm and Living Playground, is committed to teaching children about sustainable agriculture and the environment. At Oxbow children see firsthand where their food comes from, where salmon spawn, and understand why we need to protect both. The Native Plant Nursery, built in 2013, is a production, research and education facility. We aim to grow the highest quality native plants for restoration, mitigation and landscaping, using ecologically sound practices, and foster research and education that contribute to the restoration and nursery-growing community.
Oxbow Education (“Ox Ed”) provides year-round farm-based educational programming for kids. We are seeking a Kids’ Farm intern to assist with farming tasks and education program delivery. This position would be a great fit for an energetic person who wishes to learn more about organic farming and outdoor education. While assigned to the Ox Ed team, the Kid’s Farm Intern will work closely when needed with all Oxbow staff and volunteers.
This position reports to the Ox Ed Program Manager
- Farming and Gardening: Assist with planting, sowing, weeding, mulching, harvesting, seed-saving and general maintenance and upkeep of Ox Ed infrastructure and 1-acre Kids’ Farm, and Living Playground.
- Environmental Education: Participate in delivering environmental/farm education programs to all age groups, including Spring, Fall and Summer Farm Adventures, farm-to-school activities and events, public education and seasonal festivals
- Summer Camp: Assist in preparing for Oxbow’s 5-week summer camp and act as summer camp instructor
- Other duties: Perform other tasks as assigned in support of all Oxbow program and business areas, including but not limited to the production farm, conservation and restoration activities, and general operations
- Experience farming or gardening and/or a strong desire to learn
- Proven knack for working with kids of all ages, primarily youngsters
- Exceptionally positive attitude
- Two-year degree or comparable experience in the area of agriculture, sustainability, food systems, education, or environmental studies
- Comfortable speaking in front of large groups
- Ability to stay organized while juggling multiple time-sensitive projects
- Consistent attention to detail
• Clear, consistent communication
• Ability to work: standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling; to lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 50 lbs.; perform physical work such as digging or planting; and in inclement weather
- A musical inclination, video or photo editing skills, theatrical experience or any other sort of artistic expertise is a plus! Please make note of any skills you have in your cover letter.
Minimum wage with some paid holidays and access to food from the field
Please email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:
Finance & Operations Manager
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
Please write “Ox Ed Intern” in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.
Deadline to apply is Friday May 27, 2016.