Oxbow is a 25 acre organic farm, education center, and native plant nursery located on a 100-acre wilderness preserve in the Snoqualmie Valley, 25 miles east of Seattle. The farm supports a 600 member CSA and supplies over 30 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. It aims to grow the highest quality native plants for restoration, mitigation and landscaping using ecologically sound practices, and to foster research and education that contribute to the restoration and nursery-growing community.
Oxbow's education center provides farm-based educational programming for kids, year-round. We are seeking an Education Programming intern to assist with ALL aspects of our farm-based educational programs, but with a special focus on program coordination. This intern will work with our educational farmers in scheduling and leading school field trip tours, assisting with coordination and instructing during our weeks of summer camp, educating the public at our farm festivals, and cultivating and maintaining our 1-acre Kids' Farm and Living Playground and 4-acre pumpkin patch. There is an option of on-farm housing.
- Assist with scheduling and coordination of spring and fall school field trip visits to the farm, as well as lead farm tours for preschool-, elementary-, and high school-aged kids
- Assist with summer camp coordination, including registration and creation of educational materials
- Tend to Oxbow Education's 1-acre Kids' Farm and Living Playground. Sowing, mulching, weeding, general cultivation, and oddball maintenance of the Kids' Farm flora and physical structures are ongoing needs all season.
- Help members of the public connect with Oxbow through newsletters, social media, and upkeep of the farm blog
- Help as needed around the farm in accordance with the requirements of the season
- Exceptionally positive attitude
- Two-year degree or comparable experience in the area of agriculture, sustainability, food systems, education, or environmental studies
- Experience farming or gardening and/or a strong desire to learn
- Proven knack for working with kids of all ages, primarily youngsters, a MUST
- Comfortable speaking in front of large groups
- Ability to stay organized while juggling multiple time-sensitive projects
- 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, however irrelevant to farming you think they may be, in your cover letter.
- Consistent attention to detail
- Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
- 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.
Hours: 40 hours/week, 8 hours/day; may require up to 50 hours/week in height of season (Sept-Oct)
Compensation: $800/month with access to food from our fields
This position reports to the Childrens’ Program Manager
Deadline to apply: Until Position is filled
If interested please send or email a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to:
Finance & Operations Manager
Oxbow Organic Farm & Conservation Center