Dates of Session: January 21, 2019 – November 26, 2019
Salary: These are residential "live-on-the-ranch" positions - including an hourly wage, with cabin housing and food provided.
Slide Ranch’s Teacher-in-Residence program fosters and inspires the next generation of leaders in education, sustainable farming and environmental stewardship. Apply yourself for 10-1/2 months that supports your growth as an educator and steward, and prepares you for a meaningful career!
You will gain valuable, hands-on experience, professional development, and training in agricultural and environmental education while living and working with a dynamic group of about 18 people on a rural, coastal farm within a national park. Teachers-in-Residence customize and lead programs for Bay Area children and families from a wide range of backgrounds. Experiential education programs include both day and overnight visits, exploring the farm (pasture with sheep and goats, chickens, ducks, beehives and an organic garden), cooking, trails and tide pools.
The Teacher-in-Residence program trains seven people each year through a residential, hands-on teaching internship that includes daily teaching responsibilities as well as experience with organic gardening, animal husbandry, sustainable farming and facilities maintenance, with ongoing training in all areas. In addition to teaching, all interns actively participate in running the farm.
Teachers-in-Residence also learn about the operation of a nonprofit organization, help with fundraising projects, and provide support for various volunteer and fundraising events during the internship. Teachers may participate in creating onsite and online curriculum, including video clips or blog entries that will appear on our website and other social media.
The central focus of this position is on teaching. Programs serve pre-K through adult visitors, with the majority being elementary school-aged children. The work week typically involves 5 teaching days. Most programs are 1 day visits (10am- 2pm) but we also offer overnight programs in which teachers work with the group for two or more days and lead an evening campfire. Overnight programs do not require TIRs to camp or supervise the group at night. Program formats vary seasonally. In spring and fall, the focus is on school, community group, volunteer and family programs, with a Tuesday- Saturday work week. Summer months are focused on our day camp program, with a Monday-Friday work week.
In addition to teaching, you will receive training in maintaining a small farm and stewarding national park land. A rotating teaching schedule means periodically supporting garden and ranch projects, including days when you will be supported in covering all the farm chores. You may substitute teach or support programs during this week as needed. Throughout the year you will also lead tours and help facilitate volunteer work projects with individuals and groups during corporate, donor and community volunteer events. Slide Ranch is public parkland and open to hikers during daylight hours, so as a residential staff member you will share responsibility in providing basic orientation to visitors.
The internship begins with a 3-week orientation period and training, including introductions to foundations of environmental education practice at Slide Ranch, residential systems, and farm chores. A typical day includes morning farm chores and preparation for program, teaching a program from 10am-2pm, followed by an afternoon training session from 3:30-5pm led by permanent staff that blends ongoing training with hands-on opportunities to learn through work projects. These afternoon sessions include teacher meetings on curriculum, educator skill building and planning, garden and animal husbandry, and farm and environmental maintenance and stewardship. Several teaching observations and ongoing mentoring by program staff complement the position. About once a month during the school year, a professional development day provides opportunities for teachers to visit related environmental education, farm, or urban agriculture or food systems organizations in the Bay Area. For one week, each Teacher-in-Residence has the opportunity to focus on an independent project that contributes to Slide Ranch and allows for deeper skill building in an area of the internship.
Farm and Community Life
Teachers are responsible for a daily ranch chore outside of the 8-hour internship day, and night-time goat-milking on a rotating basis. In addition, teachers will have residential community responsibilities outside the internship day, including a weekly resident chore, cooking dinner for fellow residents twice each month, and a monthly resident meeting.
This position requires a collaborative spirit working with a team of teaching peers and organization staff. The successful candidate will possess a great attitude and strong motivation to experience all facets of the internship as important to one’s learning and development.
- Prior experience in education or working with children.
- Desire to learn about farming, stewardship and teaching to various ages.
- Awareness of multicultural environmental education and issues related to the urban environment and current local, regional and global events.
- Flexibility, enthusiasm, creativity, curiosity, and positive attitude.
- Eagerness to practice engaging students with an interactive, thematic teaching approach.
- High level of personal responsibility in work and professionalism when dealing with the public and colleagues.
- Ability to take initiative and adopt a solution-oriented approach, while understanding the value of teamwork.
- Excellent communication skills and ability to accept supervision and guidance.
- Interest in participating in nonprofit events including fundraising activities, volunteer programs and donor events.
- Multilingualism, especially Spanish language.
In your application, please note any prior experience with environmental education, diverse populations including English language learners, gardening, farm animals, speaking Spanish, music, performance, cooking and community living. This position requires patience and trust working with a team of teaching peers and organization staff. The successful candidate will possess a great attitude and strong motivation to experience all facets of the work as important to one’s learning and development.
Duties are performed in a hilly and rural outdoor setting and can be physically demanding, including manual labor such as shoveling, lifting up to 40 lbs., and farm chores outside of an 8-hour day.
Applicants must be comfortable living in rustic accommodations.
Cabin housing, healthy food, hourly wage and an opportunity to live with a group of people in a beautiful, rural setting.
No phone calls, please. Email a single PDF document including:
1) Your resume
2) A personal statement (see below)
3) Contact info for 3 references
Applications are accepted starting July 2018, until all positions are filled. For best consideration, apply by September 15, 2018. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply.
In the personal statement, indicate why this position is of interest to you. We encourage you to describe any professional or personal experience you think may be relevant, including working with youth, additional languages to English, previous experience living in a residential community, and any unique skills or diversity you would bring to this team. We are also interested in any farm, garden or wilderness experience you may have had. Please indicate in your application where you saw this internship posting.
We will begin interviewing applicants after September 8th, and all applicants will be notified by email when the positions have been filled. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
Please note that Slide Ranch aims to increase diversity in our staff and support an intern cohort that reflects the demographics of our San Francisco Bay Area community. People of all colors, cultures, class, age, genders, and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.
Dates of Session: January 21, 2019 – November 26, 2019
Attn: Education Director
2025 Shoreline Hwy
Muir Beach, CA 94965
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