Positions with LEFDP

Staff Position

*Position open until September 1, 2016
Education Coordinator

Volunteer Positions

* Available Now for Rolling Start *
Program Docent
Garden Docent
Event Docent


Farm-Based Education Internship

Staff Position

Education Coordinator

Position Description
We are looking for a highly competent, outgoing, detail-oriented and driven person to join our staff as Education Coordinator. Education programs include, but are not limited to: a weekly visit by 7th and 8th grade Montessori students, half day farm tours for students of all ages, once monthly home schooling family visits, multiday overnight farm immersions, weeklong summer farm camps and a diversity of community farm days.


Program Scheduling, Management, Outreach and Communications (33%)

  • Work with staff to quickly and efficiently manage fee and donation collection and invoicing
  • Support fundraising efforts
  • Maintain Farm Discovery contact and program participant database (Salesforce software)
  • Manage content of quarterly newsletter
  • Manage program related web, blog and social media content
  • Represent Farm Discovery at local events, networks and service club meetings
  • Assist in design of and manage outreach processes for programs
  • Participate in recruitment training and management of program staff and volunteers
  • Communicate quickly and effectively with clients, visitors, partners, volunteers and students
  • Work with Field Manager to maintain educational spaces including kitchen classroom, bathroom, garden and fields.
  • Perform periodic inventory of tools and supplies. Manage appropriate purchases and repairs
  • Design and manage events with collaboration from entire staff

Program Assessment, Evaluation and Data Management (33%)

  • Work with Executive Director and Development Coordinator to develop and implement assessments and program evaluation to measure program outcomes and provide data for grant writing and fundraising goals.
  • Document assessments and program evaluation
  • Recruit, train and oversee volunteer performed data entry
  • Maintain organized digital and paper program records

Program Design and Implementation (33%)

  • Run and/or manage the execution of programs including: field trips, Wavecrest, Farm Immersions, Farm Camps, Wee Ones and school partnerships
  • Implement Docent Program including recruitment, training, and cultivating docent relationships
  • Manage Food What?! and Wavecrest partnerships
  • Collaborate with Field Manager to develop garden and fields to support and enhance education programs
  • Design, revise, and review curriculum for current, pilot and future education programs


The right person for this position is highly motivated, will be able to demonstrate experience and theoretical knowledge in organic and sustainable agriculture and food production systems education, as well as office skills and be looking for a long-term commitment. Ideally, you will have worked an entire season on a farm or garden education project and be bilingual in Spanish. This is a position of responsibility with our maturing not for profit organization, for which we expect you to arrive with a good work ethic and a positive attitude. This is a position for someone seriously interested in sustainable farming, food, and community education, as well as non-profit administration.


This is a long-term position and we are looking for someone who wants to grow with our non-profit over the years.


40+ hours per week, 8:30-4:30 and some weekends, with some flexibility


$35,000 a year, commensurate with experience, paid vacation, sick time and holidays. We are a very small organization ready to grow with you. We believe in a living wage, we are very family friendly and we are working towards offering competitive salaries and benefits. Organic produce, milk, and pasture-raised eggs are available.

Application Procedure:

Please send a cover letter, resume and relevant writing sample to Jessica Ridgeway at lefdpdirector@gmail.com

Volunteer Positions

Program Docent
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 Docent
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 Docent
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.[VolunteerMatch - Where Volunteering Begins.]

For interest in our volunteer positions call or e-mail a resume to
Peter, Program Coordinator: LEFDPeducation@gmail.com or call 831-728-2032
or sign up through the VolunteerMatch


Farm-Based Education Internship

We are not currently offering any Farm Apprenticeships.

If you are a student at Cabrillo College, UCSC, or another local college or university call or e-mail a resume to Peter, Program Coordinator: LEFDPeducation@gmail.com or call 831-728-2032 for opportunities this Spring and Summer 2014.