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This yearlong, full-time position will afford a recent graduate with a unique opportunity to continue their connection with the College Farm and local food initiatives while developing professional skills in educational programming, program management, small business enterprise, and communications. Recent graduates who are self directed and have a vested interest in food-related issues, food systems work, and campus-based programming will thrive in this position. The Education & Outreach Coordinator will be supervised by the Farm’s Director who will ensure the position’s success through empowerment and support.
Responsibilities of this position:
The Education and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for playing a supportive role in the education programs team and creating outreach programming to engage the Dickinson campus and local food community.
This position supports student educators who are in charge of the Farm’s Sustainable Earth Education (SEED) programs. Education responsibilities include:
- Advertising and helping to coordinate SEED programs with local school/youth groups.
- Offering ongoing support to student educators through periodic meetings and troubleshooting.
- Offering student educators opportunities for growth and learning.
This position works to connect the Dickinson College campus to the College Farm and local food community, and to cultivate the farm community. Outreach responsibilities include:
- Maintaining an social media presence.
- Staying in touch with farm alumni.
- Creating programming on-campus and on the farm.
- Overseeing and helping coordinate existing farm programming.
- Acting as a liaison between the College Farm and the Dickinson Dining Services on topics such as local food labeling and marketing.
New to this position is work with the farm’s newly launched campus farm store, Farm Works. The Education and Outreach Coordinator will have the chance to support store management, merchandise development, as well as assist with food prep work and preservation in the Farm Works kitchen.
On an as-needed basis, the Coordinator will support the Farm with hands-on field work in the summer months. Due to this position’s responsibility for program planning, working on weekends and evenings is a regular occurrence. Comp time is available, but having an open mind and being flexible with your schedule is crucial for this position.
A day in the life:
Every day in this position is different. Some days are spent out on the farm, covered in mud and helping with harvest or working with livestock while other days are spent in the office, keeping up with emails and planning future programming. The position has a combination of days spent independently and as a member of the crew. There is not a single day that is similar to the next, yet somehow, everything seems to always work out and by the end of the semester you’re able to look back and be proud of everything you’ve accomplished. You’ll meet people from all areas of campus through this position and be able to make new connections every week.