Summer Farm Camp Educator

—with Chicago Lights Urban Farm—

Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights: a 2017 Top-100 Workplace

To apply: Submit your cover letter and resume to jobs@fourthchurch.org;
No phone calls, please.

 

The Chicago Lights Urban Farm is dedicated to cultivating a thoughtful and engaged community of youth and adults through educational and economic opportunities, hands-on learning experiences, and access to fresh, local, and sustainably grown produce. The Summer Farm Camp program is open to children and youth ages 5 to 13 and provides opportunities to explore the Farm, as well as develop self-confidence, problem-solving, and community-building skills.

The Summer Farm Camp Educator is responsible for making sure that our campers’ day-to-day experience is safe, fun, educational, nurturing, and empowering.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Gather supplies for daily activities, set up indoor and outdoor program spaces, and lead program activities and end-of-day cleanup.
  • Working from an existing curriculum, teach lessons including urban agriculture, food and environmental justice, arts and crafts, and African American and Chicago history, as well as group sports.
  • Work with the Farm Camp Coordinator and Director to build a foundation of trust, respect, and positive communication between staff and campers in the farm community.
  • Deepen campers’ knowledge of core principles of urban farming, highlighting strong connections between the natural world and society, and keep the campers engaged within the active, outdoor farm environment.
  • Attend any group field trips and oversee the safety and whereabouts of all the campers.
  • Demonstrate comfort working with either of the two following age groups: 5 to 8 year olds or 9 to 13 year olds.
  • Be flexible and able to work in a dynamic, outdoor, and changing environment.
  • Other duties as assigned


Qualifications

  • Previous teaching experience or experience working with kids in an educational afterschool or community-based youth program
  • Experience, skill, abilities, or knowledge with any of the following: farm-based education, farm-to-table practices, gardening, outdoor education or wilderness experience, social and environmental justice, crafts, arts, music or culinary arts, nutrition, environmental science, natural history, ecology, community building, and conflict resolution
  • Flexible, self-directed, organized and goal-oriented; ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, handle pressure well, and have a sense of humor
  • Ability to work with and act as a mentor to a job-training teenage intern through modeling positive workplace behaviors, such as promptness, positivity, follow-through, and strong communication
  • Enjoy working with children and be excited about learning
  • First aid and CPR certifications
  • Ability to lift 35 pounds and work in an outdoor environment
  • A strong commitment to the mission of Chicago Lights and the Urban Farm program
  • Use the S.P.I.R.I.T. principles of hospitality when interacting with visitors, guests, members, and staff of Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights
  • Desire and aptitude for working within a faith-based and a multicultural, diverse environment


Schedule

Part time, July 5–August 9, 2018Thursdays (only), 12:00 noon–5:30 p.m. (5.5 hours per week)

June 28, 2018: Training session and project planning, 12:00 noon–5:00 p.m.

 

Compensation

This is a part-time position with a salary range of $15–$18/hour. There is also a possibility of farm produce for commitment to the entire summer program.

This seasonal position does not include other benefits.

 

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume to jobs@chicagolights.org by Wednesday, June 13. No phone calls, please.