The Jewish Farm Educator will play an integral role in the planning and execution of Jewish educational and other programming for Coastal Roots Farm, in coordination with the Farm Program Team. In addition, the Farm Educator will assist the Farm Program Team in designing long-term educational content and curricula for the Farm.
Current farm programming includes major agricultural festivals, such as Sukkot and Tu b’Shvat, our Farm + Hangout series, and monthly Jewish farm-based programs. We currently are developing programming focused on North County Jewish life and the self-sufficiency populations. Our audiences range from transitional age youth, Jewish youth, seniors, single parents, to military personnel and families.
About Coastal Roots Farm
Coastal Roots Farm is a community farm program that integrates the practices of Jewish tradition and sustainable agriculture to grow and share healthy food, care for the land, and help and strengthen connections between neighbors. Through hands-on educational experiences and produce donations to neighbors that need it most, the Farm is fostering a vibrant and sustainable community that grows, seeds, and shares.
Coastal Roots Farm consists of mixed gardens, an orchard/food forest, animal pastures, and a vineyard, all in various stages of development. It is also adjacent to a botanical garden, school farm, YMCA, senior retirement village and is one mile from the beach and downtown Encinitas. The Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and was recently spun off as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Coastal Roots Farm is funded through a diverse revenue mix, including philanthropic partners and social enterprise.
Essential Job Functions and Duties
- Supporting the creation, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of programs on the Farm including Jewish educational programs for people of all ages, including but not limited to early childhood, teens, adults, seniors and young and beginning farmers.
Program themes to include Jewish holidays, organic gardening, Jewish farming and agricultural practices, environmental sustainability, homesteading, permaculture, biodynamics, beekeeping, composting, animal husbandry, food justice, cooking and more.
- Supporting the Program Manager and Team with researching and designing long-term educational content and/or curricula for the Farm.
- Assisting with program evaluation and follow up, including collecting feedback, administering surveys, and sending follow-up correspondence to program participants.
- Providing visitors and program participants with educational content about Jewish farm concepts, farm and garden techniques and environmental stewardship.
- Providing support at Farm events.
- Support development of and implement off-site farm curriculum with partner organizations such as Synagogues, community centers, and more.
- Attending Farm Team and other relevant meetings, reporting on education and other programming, and coordinating with the Farm Team’s other relevant projects.
- Support Program Manager on collaborating with Farm Lab, San Diego Botanic Garden and other outside organizations on developing and implementing farm-based educational programs.
- Supporting Program Manager and Farm Staff with volunteer coordination especially related to farm programs.
- Occasionally giving tours of the Farm to outside groups and the general public.
- Helping with various farm-related projects and be on call for farm needs.
- Contributing to marketing and outreach efforts through social media, print material, newsletter, and blog.
- Other duties may also be assigned by supervisor.
- At least 1-3 years of work experience within the fields of Jewish agricultural and environmental education.
- Mastery of some agricultural, Jewish and/or Jewish agricultural concepts that may be relevant to the content of the Jewish Community Farm.
- Hands on experience with gardening and/or farming.
- Knowledge of Jewish traditions, texts, narrative and rituals.
- Entrepreneurial, adaptable and creative.
- Ability to build and nurture relationships with a wide variety of people, including colleagues, the general public, youth, seniors, funders, etc.
- Flexible, willing to work simultaneously on wide range of tasks/projects and ability to prioritize tasks.
- Exceptional listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences.
- Cooperative, service-oriented attitude.
- Team player and leader.
- Works well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment.
- Able to work with urgency and meet or beat deadlines.
- Skilled in Microsoft Office and Web-based computing.
- Ability to lift at least 25lbs.
- A relevant college degree preferred (i.e. Environmental Studies, Agro-ecology, Jewish Studies, etc.)
- Eagerness to learn evolving agricultural systems.
- Experience and background in Jewish service learning.
- Experience with creative and arts-based Jewish programming (ex: singing, movement, etc.)
Salary commensurate with experience. Coastal Roots Farm offers a competitive benefits package.
Typical Working Conditions
The Farm Educator will work outdoors and occasionally in the office. There will be exposure to Southern California outside temperatures, chemicals used in the agricultural industry, and loud noises.
Essential Physical Tasks
Continual walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting and carrying.
Please send résumés to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line of the email, please state the position you for which you are applying.
Coastal Roots Farm is an equal opportunity employer.
At Coastal Roots Farm, we seed, we grow, and we share. We seed new ideas around sustainable farming and Jewish life; we grow healthy food; and we share the harvest with our local community.