California: Stanford University seeks Farm Educator

9 May

I. About the School of Earth Sciences and the Stanford Educational Farm (SEF)

Stanford’s School of Earth Sciences (SES) is a world leader in Earth and environmental sciences and engineering, dedicated to the creation, integration, and transformation of fundamental understanding of Earth processes, and the application of that knowledge to help provide energy, water, and other resources, for a safe and sustainable planet. As one of Stanford’s seven schools, SES provides both undergraduate and graduate education and training to future leaders in a range of Earth sciences and engineering disciplines.

The Stanford Educational Farm (SEF) is a venue for research, teaching and the promotion of sustainable agriculture and systems of localized food distribution. By integrating academic curriculum with Stanford’s land resources and the local food economy, the SEF is a unique laboratory-classroom for understanding and developing local-scale solutions to global food challenges. The SEF brings together a wide range of students, staff, faculty and community members, facilitating collaboration and cross pollination among researchers, educators and learners.

II. Summary of Position
The Farm Educator will: a) educate students and the Stanford community about sustainable food and agriculture; b) develop and deliver academic coursework within this framework; c) provide hands-on educational experience; d) oversee the existing farm activities; and e) take the lead in the creation and development of the expanding SEF facility on the Stanford campus.

III. Essential Job Functions
• Education and Research (50%):
– Develop/teach field-based agroecology course(s), in which students learn how to apply ecological principles to agricultural systems
– Work with SU faculty to enhance other coursework relevant to food, agriculture and sustainability, thus increasing visibility and use of SERF as a living classroom
– Serve as active resource and mentor for any/all students with interest and curiosity regarding sustainable agriculture
– Engage, support and advise faculty and students in field-based research projects
– Participate as guest lecturer in classroom and University programs

• Farm Maintenance and Development (25%):
– Coordinate infrastructure for use of existing Farm to support teaching, research and other functions
– Oversee productive use of student plots at current farm facility
– Work with Sustainable Foods Coordinator to organize harvest/delivery of crops to campus dining and retail outlets
– As SEF expansion plans develop, takes central leadership role in planning and implementation – including interfacing with University planning offices and regulatory groups as needed
– Supervision of Farm workers (e.g., contingent student, other)
– As the SEF expands, add and manage additional Farm staff

• Community Outreach (20%):
– Plan and deliver community-wide educational events (e.g., tours, workshops) and outreach related to sustainable agriculture
– Integrate community activities into academic and dining spheres of activity at Stanford
– Oversee operation of student-run Stanford Farm Stand, including staffing, advertising, and coordination with Dining Services and Stanford Catering

• Administrative (5%):
– Maintain records of all SEF activities
– Oversee maintenance and updating of SEF website organization and content
– Work with department support staff to coordinate associated tasks such as purchasing, recording of income, activity reporting, etc.

IV. Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in sustainable agriculture or associated fields required; advanced degree preferred
• Extensive knowledge of, and hands-on technical experience in, agro-ecological processes and sustainable agriculture.
• Farm management experience
• Experience teaching, preferably at the college level
• Ability to teach, advise and inspire students from wide range of backgrounds
• Experience planning events and leading workshops for all ages.
• Ability to contribute effectively and innovatively with team of University partners working towards campus-wide sustainability goals
• Ability to accommodate flexible schedule, including some weekend and evening hours

To apply, please visit and search for job ID # 42536.

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