PLEASE NOTE: this is an unpaid, in-person internship in Massachusetts and does not offer housing.
The Education Intern will work closely with Appleton education staff to advance the program and curriculum development of our farm field school programs, reaching local students from preschool through high school through farm-based school & education programs at the property.
This internship provides the opportunity to gain skills and experience related to program development, marketing, planning, and implementation for school-aged children. We are seeking candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to early childhood education and an interest in local farming and seasonal cooking. Agricultural and culinary experience is desirable, but not required. We are looking for candidates who are eager to learn the nuances of working at a nonprofit organization and who are willing to take on the challenges of a start-up endeavor.
Covid-19 Volunteer Safety:
The health and safety of Trustees’ volunteers, staff and visitors is our top priority.
- If you are not feeling well, please stay home
- If you have been in contact with someone with Covid-19 or someone displaying symptoms of Covid-19, please stay home
- Volunteers will be required to wear masks while on property
- Volunteers will be required to maintain proper social distancing
- Volunteers will be required to wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival to the property
Reports to: Youth Programs Manager and Education Manager
Commitment: 3 month minimum commitment, rolling start
Minimum 15 hours per week, Appleton Farms is open 7 days per week. Some weekend availability is preferable.
- Responsibilities (general responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following): Program Development & Implementation – Develop and deliver engaging, hands-on farm and environmental programming. Work with the Appleton education team to identify areas for growth across school, children’s and family programing, including partnership opportunities with local schools and other organizations, and help to develop pilot opportunities for testing new program concepts. Support large scale events and weekly programming.
- Marketing and Outreach – create information campaigns for concept programs, including flyers, signage, social media content, and other marketing materials.
- Program Support – work with staff on site in support of educational programs including inventory and supply management, signage, and program setup and breakdown when needed.
- Volunteer Management – coordinate with the Education Manager to identify education volunteer opportunities for educational farm programs.
- Log internship hours weekly.
- Qualifications:Experience in early childhood education programming and/or college-level course work in environmental science, early childhood education, sustainable agriculture or other related fields
- Demonstrated interest in sustainability, conservation, food systems, start-up business experience, and/or the nonprofit sector;
- Comfortable working with animals and in a teaching kitchen
- Currently pursuing or have recently completed an undergraduate degree;
- Strong communication and customer service skills;
- Basic computer literacy and knowledge of Microsoft Office, knowledge of design software including Adobe systems is a plus;
- Highly organized and able to keep track of multiple projects simultaneously;
- Must be a self-starter and strong collaborator;
- Able to lift 40 lbs
- Willingness to undergo CORI/SORI background checks
- Ability to work some weekend days
*This is an unpaid internship with a 3-month commitment offered on a rolling basis year-round with varying hours per week, with the potential to obtain college credit through your university. Occasional weekend work may be requested. The Education Intern reports to the Education Manager. This position is based in Ipswich, MA.
- Essential Functions:Development and delivery of engaging, hands-on farm and environmental programming
- Lead or co-lead educational experiences with private school and youth programs
- Support the growth of education programs on the farm
- Adapt and/or create farm-based curriculum for school-age students
- Assist with public events and programs on an as needed basis
- Employ risk management best-practices in development and execution of all educational programming
- Other duties as assigned
- Other:Background CORI/SORI check required
- Flexibility to work weekends is required.
In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.
Semester: Fall and Spring availability
Year: 2020 into 2021
About Appleton Farms:
Appleton Farms is the oldest continually operating farm in the United States, established in 1636 by Samuel Appleton. Appleton Farms has been a Trustees property since 1998. The farm covers nearly 1,000 acres, 28.5 of which is farmed for Community Supported Agriculture. Appleton Farms is home to grazing cattle, historic buildings and many ecological wonders.