Lead Farm Teacher Job Description

Bring the Farm to You® is looking for enthusiastic part-time Lead Farm Teachers who have a flexible schedule, experience teaching, and are confident driving large vehicles with a good driving record. Our schedule varies with the season, with opportunities increasing in spring, summer, and fall.

About the position:

Our Lead Teachers instruct Bring the Farm to You® curriculum around Ohio, exciting audiences about agriculture. Program curriculum would include live Farm Animal Events, Mini Farm programs, Apple Cidering and Chick Hatching presentations, our Child’s Homestead® program (old-fashioned games and activities), and our Dairy Delicacies program (butter and ice cream making). This is a fun, rewarding experience and an opportunity to serve our community through farm experiences right at our client’s locations. Clients include schools, libraries, park systems, cities, assisted living centers, childcare centers, camps, churches, and public and private events.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Driving to the farm in Centerburg to load equipment and/or animals
  • Driving our van or truck and trailer to the location of the program
  • Driving and parking in sometimes challenging situations in city environments
  • Being the company representative to the client at their location
  • Unloading the trailer and setting up equipment (either alone or with an Assistant Teacher or Intern)
  • Supervising the Assistant Teacher or Intern during programs and directing them as to how best help the program execution.
  • Teaching the designated curriculum. In public festival-style programs, this would mean interacting with visitors through informal instruction, conversation, and answering questions; in formal programs, it would mean being at the front of an audience (all ages), teaching a lesson based on our curriculum
  • Packing up equipment, loading trailer, and cleaning up location prior to departure
  • Delivering equipment and/or animals back to the farm

Requirements:

  • Must be confident driving large vehicles and willing to be trained on how to maneuver a vehicle hauling a 20’ trailer.
  • Always reliable and on-time; you will be responsible for the program execution at designated times with expectant audiences.
  • Solid teaching or group-leading experience. After training, you will need to be able to deliver curriculum confidently, with excitement, and with the ability to manage different ages, attentions spans, and abilities.
  • Physically able to carry equipment and move cages.
  • Confident holding chickens, ducks and rabbits, and walking sheep and goats on leads (after training).
  • Willing and able to talk to complete strangers, initiate conversations about the topic at hand, and teach on the spot.
  • Dynamic speaking skills; able to hold the attention of large groups of all ages and give them a positive experience to remember.
  • Personable, friendly, and a positive representative of our programs and company.
  • You must have reliable transportation and a good driving record, and a phone with GPS maps.

This is a fun and rewarding job that exposes you to a fresh form of farm education – one that meets people right where they are in their communities. You’ll have a chance to inspire, excite, and educate people of all ages and backgrounds. Some days you’ll be teaching inner city youth who have never seen farm animals in-person. Other days you may be reliving memories with elders at a senior facility or instructing 1st graders at a school how to care for chicks. Or you may be delivering the best birthday ever to a child. The experiences are varied and deeply rewarding.

You will begin as an Assistant Teacher while learning our system and curriculum. After being trained as a Lead Teacher, you may be asked to fill either role based on the needs of the program and the schedule. You will always have the final say on what days you are scheduled to work. Available work hours will vary by the season based on the program schedule. This is a great long-term position for someone interested in a flexible part-time schedule.

To apply, email with the following subject heading: LEAD FARM TEACHER APPLICATION (in all caps please)

Please attach a resume and cover letter.  In your letter, answer the following questions:

  1. What attracts you to this position?
  2. What has been your paid teaching experience, including ages and group sizes that you have taught?
  3. Do you have any theatre or dramatic experience?
  4. What is your availability, now and seasonally?
  5. What has been your experience and interactions with animals in general and specifically farm animals?
  6. Explain your comfort level driving large vehicles. Give examples of large vehicles you have driven and examples of your confidence behind the wheel.
  7. Share any questions you may have.

Please send your resume and cover letter, along with the answers to the questions above, to Christa Hein at christa@bringthefarmtoyou.com.

Farm Educator Intern

Interns will work directly with the public, teaching and assisting with farm education programs. All our programs travel to our clients’ locations, serving schools, libraries, park systems, childcare centers, assisted living centers, city festivals, and private events.

At Bring the Farm to You®, we want our interns to become exposed to a fresh form of environmental education – one that shares important and meaningful connections with the community, right where they are. We bring the farm into cities and suburbs, helping people feel connected with the animals that help supply our food and fiber, and the skills and history of making-ones-own.

Interns will have an opportunity to do the following tasks:

Assist with Programs

  • Attend Bring the Farm to You programs at locations around the central Ohio area to assist the Lead Teacher with set-up, clean-up, and teaching the public.
  • Take pictures of the programs and animals for our social accounts and newsletter, helping to promote our programs and to help people feel connected to the farm.
  • Interact with and teach program participants, logging frequently asked questions, and otherwise helping to improve and deepen the learning experience for our visitors.

Teach Programs

  • Interns will be trained to independently teach the 45-60-minute Chick Hatching presentation for all ages, kicking off our 3-week Chick Hatching programs. This opportunity will teach interns group management, public speaking skills, and how to engage an audience with information.

Farm Work

  • Assist with routine animal care such as brushing angora rabbits, leash-training animals, trimming nails, socializing animals, etc.
  • Assist with animal chores, including feeding, changing bedding, collecting/washing eggs, etc.
  • Assist in the garden and greenhouse, participating in growing food on a small family homestead.
  • Assist with work projects, including clearing brush, building repairs, seeding, etc.

Program Equipment

  • Reset Chick Hatching kits, including sterilizing incubators, inventorying supplies, and cleaning equipment
  • Empty and wash tarps used for Farm Animal Events
  • Farm trailer upkeep including cleaning stalls and cages, filling buckets, etc.

Schedule: The intern will work part-time as needed, based on our program schedule and the intern’s availability. Opportunities are available for continuing the internship through multiple seasons or becoming a permanent part-time employee.

To find out more about Bring the Farm to You, visit us online at www.bringthefarmtoyou.com

To apply, please email christa@bringthefarmtoyou.com with the following subject heading: Intern Application.  If you have a resume, please attach it.  In your email, answer the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in an internship with Bring the Farm to You?
  2. Do you drive and have reliable transportation?
  3. What is your availability?
  4. What has been your experience and comfort level with animals?
  5. What type of formal or informal teaching experiences have you had?