Three Rivers Park District

Seasonal Farm Educator - Gale Woods Farm

Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista, Minnesota
$10.21 - $19.16 Hourly
Jan 12, 2017
Mar 07, 2017
Employment Status
Job Type

Develops, conducts, and enhances agricultural education programming that will increase the public's awareness so that they may more fully appreciate and utilize the agricultural/natural environment and facilities of the Park District.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Under direction from the Farm Supervisor and Farm Educator, conducts agricultural education pro­grams consistent with the mission of the Park District and philosophy of Gale Woods Farm Park and promotes its use to regional schools and public. Assists in the daily care of livestock and gardens/croplands. Develops and maintains presentations in a variety of media including displays, preparation of program support materials, audio visual materials, and other forms of non-personal interpretive opportunities aimed at furthering the effectiveness of interpretive programs or widening their impact. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with other Park District personnel, school personnel, and other group leaders. Makes recommendations to the Farm Supervisor and Farm Educator regarding the development and management of parks that will improve the effectiveness of the interpretive programs in the parks.  Exhibits a working knowledge of the aspects of the Park District environment being interpreted and makes an effort to increase a personal fund of knowledge for such use. Keeps abreast of the latest concepts and practices in the agricultural science, natural science, education, and outdoor recreation fields as applicable to interpretive services, and applies those that will improve the Park District's interpretive programs. Performs special assignments such as librarian, display coordinator, display construction, and information coordinator, as assigned.

Education and Experience
High School Diploma or GED plus at least one year of experience or related training.  Bachelor's degree in agricultural education, natural sciences, outdoor recreation, or related fields preferred. Experience in implementing agricultural education programs in a farm setting preferred.
Other Skills and Abilities
Must be interested in the agriculture and able to effectively view agricultural issues through the perspective of a wide variety of individuals.  Must be a creative and innovative thinker. Must be able to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other Park District personnel, school groups, and the general public.  As required, must be able to travel to Park District facilities, properties, and meeting locations to conduct on-site work in a timely manner.
Language Skills
Ability to read and interpret documents and studies, such as scientific research and publications.  Ability to write and prepare educational curriculum, exhibit text, reports, and correspondence.  Ability to effectively and accurately present both scientific and interpretive programs on a wide range of topics to school groups and the general public, reflective of the Park District's mission.
Mathematical Skills
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent.  Ability to collect data and evaluate.  Ability to create, organize, maintain, and assimilate accurate records.
Reasoning Ability
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to organize work and the ability to direct the work of others.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical, written, or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.  Ability to follow instructions and keep detailed records of activities.
Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  The employee frequently is required to sit.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk, or hear.  Ability to operate a variety of Park District vehicles both on road and off road including vans, trucks, tractors, ATVs, snowmobiles and watercraft (powered and non-powered).  Ability to operate a variety of Park District agricultural equipment including grain augers, rototillers, manure spreaders, and feed mills. Ability to perform physical tasks associated with a farm operation and for outdoor recreation activities such as canoeing, biking, snowshoeing, fishing, boating, and camping.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to work in outside weather conditions, being exposed to cold and hot temperatures, precipitation, direct sunlight, wind, dust, and pollen. The employee is also frequently required to work in and around farm buildings, being exposed to farm animals, barnyard odors, animal feed/hay dust, and animal waste. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts of farm machines including tractors, augers, and manure spreaders.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate with occasionally high noise levels during equipment operation.

Selection Procedure
A fully completed Three Rivers Park District Online Application must be received by Human Resources. This position is open until filled. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of relevant experience and training. A top group of applicants will be invited to participate in further job screening.  
Final appointment is contingent upon the applicant passing a background investigation including a criminal history search. Costs of the background will be paid for by Three Rivers Park District.