The Education Assistant Manager supports the Education Manager in all aspects of farm and program management at the Goodman Youth Farm and the Grow Academy, a Wisconsin Department of Juvenile Corrections residential program for male youth. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, working with youth in a correctional setting, leading field crews of students ages K-12, training and managing trainees and volunteers, developing educational programming, preparing program supplies, maintaining farm records, and facilitating large group activities.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
The Education Assistant Manager:
- Leads educational programming for student field crews, including age-appropriate behavior management strategies, creative teaching techniques, working knowledge of safety considerations, and positive relationships with students, teachers, and chaperones.
- Plans year-long program and manages an educational garden at the Grow Academy.
- Plans and facilitates field trip experiences for students attending the Grow Academy.
- Attends meetings with the Grow Academy staff to discuss program trajectory and connections to garden classroom curriculum.
- Leads field crews of up to eight staff.
- Serves as Youth Farm liaison for visiting groups as needed, including welcoming groups, leading opening and closing activities and announcements, and managing group rotation times.
- Leads one or more Saturday morning volunteer days.
- Maintains a working knowledge of farm tasks, including the ability to prioritize tasks based on crew type, weather conditions, safety considerations, and other factors.
- Assists the Education Manager and training crew in planning upcoming program activities for students, including developing new activities as necessary.
- Assists the Education Manager in creating and delivering professional development experiences.
- Maintains a working knowledge of the farm, including time-efficient set-up and clean-up of tasks for specific programs.
- Assists the Education Manager in recruiting new field trip and volunteer groups as necessary.
- Maintains (or supervises others in maintaining) the following records: harvest weights, student attendance, daily debrief notes, and a weekly program supplies list.
- Takes an active role in their own professional development by designing personal goals and projects with the Education Manager.
- Completes other tasks as assigned by Education Manager.
- Attends relevant meetings and assists with other Rooted events as needed.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
The Education Assistant Manager has:
- Experience leading educational programs, especially outdoor programs.
- Experience working with youth, both individually and in groups.
- Experience or willingness to work with teenage male youth in a Department of Juvenile Corrections setting.
- Ability to manage groups of staff and volunteers of all ages through role modeling, participatory leadership, and cooperative delegation.
- Ability to cultivate a positive and collaborative working environment.
- Strong interest in sustainable agriculture – experience growing vegetables preferred.
- Experience or desire to learn hydroponic and aquaponic growing systems.
- Experience working with diverse groups of people.
- Excellent organizational and communication skills.
- Ability to maintain a positive attitude in all situations, including adverse weather conditions.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Ability to handle stressful situations in a calm, effective manner.
- Ability to work effectively both as part of a team and independently.
- Ability to follow through on commitments.
- Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds.
- Willingness to work occasional odd hours (evenings and weekends).
- Ability or willingness to use computers (Microsoft word, excel, and web-based communication programs).
- Reliable method of transportation between work sites.
40 hours per week from April – October; 17 hours per week from November – March
- Goodman Youth Farm – 65% – 23 hours per week during the field trip season (690 hours – April 6 – October 30). Includes:
- 21 on-farm hours per week and an additional 2 flexible off-farm hours per week for administrative tasks or field work;
- At least one Saturday morning shift per season (8:30am-12:30pm) – on 4/18, 7/11, 10/24; and
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (8am-3pm) during the field trip season (4/13 – 10/29).
- Grow Academy – 35% – 17 hours per week year round. Schedule includes:
- Monday 8 am-2 pm;
- Friday 8 am-2pm; and
- Flexible hours per week for administrative tasks and planning.
Position Classification & Probationary Period
This position is FLSA Exempt; .75 FTE. This position has a six (6) months probationary period.
2702 International Lane, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53704