Sterling College offers a relaxed environment with supportive staff and dedicated students. Benefits include TIAA-CREF retirement plan, health insurance, and salary commensurate with experience.
Sterling College Sustainable Agriculture Farm Educator
The Sterling College Sustainable Agriculture Program is seeking a Farm Educator for a one-year experiential, immersive learning and leadership opportunity to help teach students at Sterling College how to manage a diversified year-round farm and live in a small close-knit college community.
The Sterling farm is a working, multi-faceted, living classroom that serves the entire Sterling College community. The Farm Educator is the teacher and technician who engages in whole farm care to maximize educational opportunities. The Educator’s primary function at the College is to make this agricultural classroom available for both the Sterling curriculum and community. To create availability and functionality for our academics, the Educator cares for the livestock, improves pastures, conducts on-farm slaughters, manages the compost, works directly with the Sterling kitchen, supervises farm Work College student employees, coordinates with faculty and staff, and interfaces with the community through an educational lens. All of these duties the Educator performs with direct mentoring from the Sustainable Agriculture Faculty team.
- The Educator livestock responsibilities include teaching students how to care for all of the Sterling farm animals. This involves teaching how to formulate appropriate feed regimens, managing intensive pasture rotations, installing water systems, diagnosing and treating ailments or injuries, protection from predators, construction of necessary housing, acquisition or breeding of livestock, and general care.
- For pasture management, the Educator walks our pastures regularly in the growing season with an eye for re-growth, weeds and soil health. The Educator then structures farm chores so that students learn how to rotate our animals on pasture.
- The Educator coordinates with the faculty and staff to ensure the Sterling curriculum, kitchen, and farm is well supported throughout the seasons. Seasonal tasks include: care of animals used for curriculum directly, integration of livestock in the food production system, on-farm slaughter and processing of poultry, and food systems coordination for invoices, meat deliveries, and curriculum-kitchen connections are all done with student involvement.
- The Educator is directly responsible for supervising and training 10 Work College student employees every week. The Educator structures and oversees students’ daily farm chores. The Educator interacts with and participates as a teacher in farm-based classes and helps supervise students involved in independent studies at the farm.
Applicants should have experience teaching, preferable in a small-scale farm environment, have a demonstrated ability to work independently, have some experience in managing a small diverse farm and have completed a B.A. or B.S. program in an appropriate field by the start date of the hire.
The Sterling Sustainable Agriculture Farm Educator is a 12-month renewable position that includes an $1,000 monthly stipend, housing, meals, one three credit equivalent course per semester, and eligibility to enroll in Sterling College full-time employee benefits. This compensation package is valued at more than $3,000 per month. The Educator begins in December.
For more information:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please email a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information for three references to Laura Lea Berry, Coordinator of Academic Programs at
. Phone: (802) 586-7711 x107 Fax: (802) 586-2596