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Education Assistant Manager

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.

Time Commitment

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.

Find the online application here, or send an electronic version of your resume and a cover letter by March 1st, 2020 to [email protected] or mail to:

2702 International Lane, Suite 200                            
Madison, WI 53704

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