Join Our Team! We’re Seeking A Summer Camp Educator

Join Our Team! We’re Seeking A Summer Camp Educator

About the Position:
The Summer Camp Educator reports to Schoolyard Farms’ Education Director Brooke Hieserich. As Camp Educator, you will collaborate with all staff and interns to set-up, clean-up, lead and evaluate daily onsite activities engaging campers in exploring the farm, participating in farm tasks, preparing healthy snacks, farm arts and crafts, scientific inquiry, and active play. Prepare for a rewarding summer of hard work and an in-depth understanding of our our mission-driven summer camp program from registration to Friday afternoon’s celebration.

This is a part-time, seasonal position with flexible hours based at our Candy Lane Elementary School Farm in Milwaukie, OR. You must be available for a 4 hour shift/day between 8:30am-6pm, Monday-Friday, from July 10-September 1, 2017. The exact time of the shift will be determined during the interview process based on your schedule. You also must be available for a paid one-day training the week of June 26th, and a paid one-day intern and volunteer training the week of July 5th.

Who You Are:
You love working outdoors and instilling curiosity, wonder and play in children through outdoor education. You are passionate about Schoolyard Farms’ mission and are eager to teach children the benefits of connecting to the outdoors and healthy living. You are an experienced camper or camp counselor who feels comfortable taking the initiative and leading a group of campers on your own. You are a great team builder who can inspire your crew to deliver excellent service while you effectively delegate tasks. You are known for being punctual and professional in your manner.

About Schoolyard Farms:
Since 2012, Schoolyard Farms (SYF) has worked tirelessly toward its mission to build healthy communities by teaching kids how to grow nutritious food that goes from their schoolyard to their plate. In this time, SYF has worked in partnership with two Title I schools in the Milwaukie-area to build and manage working farms on their schoolyards. SYF empowers students through weekly lessons in food-production, nutrition, science and more, and increases their access to fresh produce through monthly tastings of fruits and vegetables. SYF engages the broader community through a farm-based summer camp, a field trip program that brings neighboring schools to their school farms, and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that makes the school-grown produce available to community members throughout the Portland-metro area. In 2016, SYF: taught 1,178 students where their food comes from, how to grow it and cook it; put 1.5 acres of school land into fruit and vegetable production; harvested over 6,000 pounds of produce from their school farms; sampled Oregon-grown fruits and vegetables to 700 students at three schools each month; hosted 15 field trips with neighboring schools, making the school farms accessible to 450 more students per year; provided summer camp to over 60 youth; and had 109 volunteers donate 1,595 hours to help build a healthier community.


  • Provide for the safety and care for the unique needs of campers outdoors
  • Lead interns in bringing camp curriculum to life for high-energy groups of 1st-6rd grade campers including activity planning, prep, leadership, clean-up, and evaluation
  • Enthusiastically role model healthy eating, active living, appropriate attire and appropriate use of technology
  • Enforce Schoolyard Farms’ Food Safety, Farm Safety, 1st Aid, and Emergency Protocol
  • Commit to consistent attendance, timeliness, and finding own transportation to and from site. You will collaborate with staff to plan and track their hours
  • Promote a safe, inclusive, diverse and fun learning community at Schoolyard Farms


  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Current Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid+ CPR certification
  • Current Foodhandlers’ Card
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Experience in farm and garden-based education
  • Experience in summer camp: as a camper, counselor, staff and/or leader
  • Experience leading children and youth in outdoor education programs
  • Experience farming and gardening in the Pacific Northwest
  • Enthusiasm to take initiative and learn new things
  • Enthusiasm to observe, improvise, give and receive feedback, and grow!

The Summer Camp Educator is a part-time, seasonal position that is compensated at a rate of $13/hour.

How to apply:
Submit a cover letter and resume to Brooke Hieserich at by June 9, 2017. All applicants must be available for a training the week of June 26 and intern training on July 5, 6 or 7. Applicants invited to interview will be asked to submit a proposed work schedule during the interview. Thank you for your interest in working with us!

People of color, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Schoolyard Farms is committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. Schoolyard Farms is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. Schoolyard Farms provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees as required by law. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.