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DreamCatcher Farm Education Coordinator

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Position type: part-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other

The DreamCatcher Farm Education Coordinator (FEC) will be a half-time, 6-month position responsible for working with DreamCatcher Farm and Bucknell faculty, staff, students, and other partners to facilitate farm operations, coordinate educational opportunities, and strengthen collaborations between DreamCatcher and various Bucknell programs, regional food banks, and Geisinger. The person in this role must be highly motivated, responsible, reliable, and have the ability to work a flexible schedule.

Job Duties:
● Assist head farmer Joe Detelj in all duties relating to farm as needed, including planting, weeding, harvesting, and distribution of food, as well as maintenance of equipment.
● Coordinate service-learning opportunities with Bucknell faculty and staff, helping to develop lesson plans for specific groups as appropriate, and overseeing public education workshops.
● Aid in supervision of student employees and AmeriCorps members working at DreamCatcher, including, but not limited to, assignment of tasks, instruction on proper techniques, safety measures and risk reduction.
● Develop, implement, and maintain efficient horticultural techniques that allow for production of highly-nutritious food for CSA members and local food initiatives.
● Collaborate with the DreamCatcher Advisory Board to shape policies, design and implement educational activities, publicize efforts, and increase community involvement.
● Work to enhance links between DreamCatcher and potential external partners like Parkhurst Dining Service, local food banks and meal programs, and the Geisinger Fresh Food Farmacy.
● Work cooperatively with other staff at Bucknell and DreamCatcher to arrange for produce distribution, equipment and farm maintenance and upkeep, and delivery of supplies.
● Actively support a diverse and inclusive workforce.
● Perform additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Agricultural or gardening knowledge and experience.
• Demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage multiple spaces and projects.
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate with various stakeholders and groups.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Demonstrated attention to detail.
• A current and valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Prior experience working with a diverse workforce, including supervising volunteers and instructing both K-12 and college students.
• Bachelor's degree preferred.
• One year of professional experience in horticulture and working with students in an educational setting.
• Horticultural Training or Master Gardener Certification.
• First Aid/CPR certificate/training.

 

Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is a undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of students. Student life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

The Community

Lewisburg is located in central Pennsylvania, and features restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District (LASD) receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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