Job Opening: Durham Public Schools Hub Farm CaretakerEducational Assistant

The Durham Public Schools’ Hub Farm is looking for a farm caretaker/educational assistant to start April 1! 

 

Please see attached job description, and respond to dpshubfarm@gmail.com by March 19 with the subject line "Job Application," with your cover letter and resume attached.

About the Hub Farm: The Hub Farm is a 27-acre farm, forest, and aquatic habitat in northern Durham, North Carolina, situated between Carrington Middle School, Northern High School, and Eno Valley Elementary School. The farm was opened in October 2012, and was created after a brainstorming team composed of educators and community members decided how to put to use 27 acres of vacant public school land. It is funded through the DPS Career Technical Education (CTE) department, and guided by a small staff (two caretaker/educators and an Americorps volunteer,) and an advisory board. The Hub Farm’s mission is to improve the academic achievement and health of students in Durham Public Schools through project-based learning in outdoor environments. The farm literally serves as a hub for DPS students and community members, and incorporates DPS priorities surrounding student health, career development, and community engagement. To support this mission, the Hub Farm includes food production gardens, rain gardens, pollinator gardens, beehives, a variety of livestock, a floating classroom, and ecological study areas of forest, ponds, wetlands, and streams. The Hub Farm is a central component to a healthier local food system in Durham, where focused instruction across all areas of study coincides with greater physical activity, food awareness, respect for the natural world and each other, and outdoor experiences for our community’s young people.

 

About the Caretaker/Educator Position:

Reporting to the DPS Career and Technical Education Director, this role’s primary responsibility is to oversee all aspects of the Hub Farm’s land and garden spaces, as a classroom for students in grades K-12. The aspects include 1) planning for and teaching classes, including strengthening relationships with the CTE department, 2) planning for, maintaining, and cultivating the food production garden, and 3) maintaining all building/garden infrastructure.

 

 

The Farm Caretaker/Educational Assistant will plan for and conduct classes for students in grades K-12, work closely with CTE teachers to align garden classes with DPS learning standards and objectives, strengthen and build community partnerships, and maintain the Hub Farm land and garden (including building and infrastructure maintenance.) In other words, the Hub Farm Caretaker/Educational Assistant is responsible for maintaining a beautiful space that is welcoming to all people, and that provides for a focused and safe learning environment for DPS students and community. This person will be working closely with the one other Hub Farm Caretaker/Educational Assistant, and serving together as the core leadership team and farm staff.

 
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