Positions with LEFDP
* There are no paid positions currently available *
* Available Now for Rolling Start *
* Beginning March 15, June 1, and September 15 *
Program Docents help lead farm tours especially for large groups of students. Docents receive training to lead all of our field trip activity stations and learn tips and tricks for educating kids in an outdoor setting. During a field trip docents are either responsible for running one station four times with 12-15 kids, or all four stations with the same 12-15 kids all morning. Field trips are currently offered on Monday and Friday Mornings September through Thanksgiving and April through the end of the school year.
Garden Docents help maintain our 1/3 acre Discovery Garden and surrounding Discovery Fields. With help and training from our staff, docents prepare beds, plant, harvest, propagate, mulch paths, and occasionally work with students in our educational spaces. Garden Docents are also welcome to join training sessions for Program Docents to learn our activities and outdoor education tips and tricks.
Event Docents act as ambassadors of our farm, lead learning stations, collect parking fees, set-up and clean-up during our 4 annual community events in March, June, September, and October.
Photographs are an important tool for telling our story. We need photographers to take photos of our farm tours and events. The subject matter is inspiring and easy to make look good. Who doesn’t love babies in vegetable patches, farm animals and glorious natural landscapes? We would welcome as many volunteers as are interested in helping us record our achievements.
For interest in our volunteer positions e-mail a resume to
Grace, Program Coordinator: LEFDPeducation@gmail.com or call 831-728-2032
or sign up through the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County
In preparing for or exploring a role in sustainable agriculture or farm-based education there are a multitude of skills to gain proficiency in. This program offers a taste of all of the skill sets involved in farming, gardening and farm-based education. These include: maintenance of the education garden, fields, and goat herd, leading farm tours or stations, participating in ongoing farm education programs and some management skills like scheduling farm tours, processing deposits and payments, and data entry. Farm tasks include vegetable and fruit propagation and production and marketing, animal care and greenhouse management. Your hands-on learning experience will be provided by our Director, Education Coordinator, and Program Assistant.
This position requires:
- Interest in organic farming or gardening
- Desire to work with kids.
- Basic word processing, spreadsheet, and filing skills.
- Strong communication skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively and alone.
- Self-motivation, and prioritization.
- A good work ethic and a positive attitude.
- A full season commitment.
Other desired skills:
- Comfort communicating in Spanish.
This is an opportunity for those considering pursuit of farm or garden based education as a career path. It is a chance to hone your organic farming and gardening skills. Please be aware that farming is hard work, and has seasonal fluctuations.
We ask that you arrive on the farm by March 15, June 1, or September 15 for the Spring, Summer or Fall season respectively. This will give our Director, Education Coordinator and Program Assistant an opportunity to work with you one on one. We ask that you stay for a full season through June 15, August 15, or November 30 respectively, and ideally longer so that you can participate in the full school year cycle.
This is not a paid position; it is an experiential education opportunity. School credit will be determined by your institution and facilitated by the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program. Interns are welcome to take home the produce they care for in our fields and garden. There is no onsite housing available.
To apply please e-mail to request an application, send the application along with a resume and a cover letter describing your interests and why you would like to be an intern for the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program to: Grace Chollar-Webb, LEFeducation@gmail.com, or call: (831)728-2032.