Garden & Cooking Facilitator

Location: Lincoln, MA
Sanctuary: Drumlin Farm

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

Drumlin Farm Camp is a farm and nature camp full of outdoor exploration, farmyard activities, teambuilding, games, and much more. We are looking for a Garden Facilitator to support our programming by designing and delivering garden and crops-based lessons, activities, crafts and cooking projects for campers ages 4-17.  

Join a positive, welcoming staff community in a beautiful place to share your love of nature and farming with children and youth!

Greater Boston and Worcester residents are strongly encouraged to apply. Every inquiry will be treated confidentially. A detailed job description is available upon request. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design and deliver garden and crops-based lessons, recipes, and crafts appropriate for each age group.  
  • Create planting progression and chore lists with camp staff; schedule camp groups for garden time. 
  • Share knowledge of vegetable and herb gardening with campers and staff; assist camp groups with planting, care, harvesting, and food preparation. Evaluate and improve on program activities and support camp staff to broaden their knowledge of crops and cooking.
  • Supervise camper health and safety, including use of garden tools and cooking activities; pro-actively communicate with staff, and provide leadership for campers and counselors. 
  • Participate in mandated, paid camp training on group management, health and safety, and teaching techniques. 
  • Optional: this position has the option to work limited hours (about 10 hours weekly) starting in April to support educational programming and start the garden.

Qualifications

At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

Must Have’s:

  • Must be at least 19 years old with at least one year of experience working with youth/children, preferably in agriculture, food justice, environmental education, and/or health.
  • Must have at least one season of experience managing a garden, greenhouse, field or related work.
  • Must enjoy working with children/youth, be able to work both cooperatively and independently, be flexible and responsible.
  • Must have the ability to lead groups over rough terrain and spend the day outdoors in variable weather.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote and respect diversity 
  • Must have community CPR/First Aid certifications current through August 2022 or willing to obtain before June (we will offer a class). 

Nice to Have’s:

  • We encourage applicants with a diversity of interests and work experience to apply. Interest or studies in gardening, health, culinary arts, food justice, agriculture, environmental science, ecology, education, psychology, biology, or related fields are helpful.
  • SERV-Safe Food Handler or Food Manager certification is desirable.
  • Experience in a commercial kitchen setting, especially working with children or youth is helpful.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base compensation range is $15-17.50 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. 
By working at camp, you can develop lifelong friendships, leadership, teaching, and communication skills as you change kids’ lives every day, plus benefits like:

  • First Aid / CPR training – free class option offered to staff in June;
  • Mass Audubon membership & reciprocity with New England museums and centers;
  • Pro-deal discounts on outdoor clothing, equipment and more;
  • American Camping Association (ACA) membership
  • Network with Mass Audubon staff (conservation, education, climate science, sustainable agriculture)  

This is not a benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

Monday - Friday, 8 am – 2 pm (32 hours/week) 
Training (paid): June 6*–17 (most days)
Camp: June 20–Aug 24  

*Start date is flexible, hours available starting in April

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How To Apply

Send a resume and a letter of interest to:

Meghan Haslam, Camp Director
Job# 3654