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;
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


  • 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


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.



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 by Wednesday, June 13. No phone calls, please.