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Farber Farm Manager
Fresh Air Society / Tamarack Camps
6735 Telegraph Rd
Ste 380
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Principal Responsibilities:

Position: Tamarack Camps, Farber Farm Educator
Reports To: Camp Maas Associate Director

Tamarack Camps, established by the Fresh Air Society, builds a vibrant community by providing enriching Jewish camping experiences for children and families, respectful of financial ability.

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Position Summary & Accountabilities:

New Camp Farm Program Development

The Farber Farm Educator (FFE) is a new position at Tamarack Camps. We are looking for full time, year-round farm educator who will help lead in the design and execution of Jewish and other Camp and Pre-and-Post-Camp farm-based programs for children from K - 12. The FFE will be an integral member of the planning team to fully establish agricultural educational programming on our new site. The FFE will work very closely with staff and lay leadership, under the direct supervision of the Camp Maas Associate Director. Start date is March 2018.

The Farm Educator is responsible for:

Farm Education Program Management

The FFE is responsible for the operational use of the Farber Farm in accordance with best science-based practices in organic growing methods. The expectation is that the farm will be designed and managed to optimize efficient food production, effective education and training, and resource conservation. Responsibilities cover all aspects of production (including propagation), orchards, composting, pest management, irrigation, and animal husbandry (eventually goats, bees, chickens). The crop plan (annuals, orchard, and edibles across the farm) should be oriented to serve the Farm's camp community, the wider Metro Detroit Jewish and general communities. Educational programming should engage campers and students and community members in all aspects of the Farm, and activities should be developed that further a Jewish identity that is earth-based, defined by stewardship and that is personally meaningful for participants.

The Farm Educator may also be asked to participate in the third JOFEE Fellowship cohort (Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education). This is a national, year-long program of professional development, mentorship and training for Jewish environmental educators working at organizations around the country.

Facilities

The FFE will assist the Farm Manager in overall farm maintenance, as well as cleanliness and maintenance of all farm tools and the production, growing, processing, storage, and other areas used by and managed by the farm team.

The FFE is responsible for taking a continual improvement approach to farm programming operations protocols, systems, and procedures as well as instructional materials, while maintaining appropriate continuity and predictability with the camp program staff, farm workers, and other staff.

Youth, Family, and Public Programs

The FFE also works with Tamarack Camps Adventure & Retreat Center to ensure that camp and other year-round visitors to the farm are integrated into the farm in meaningful, productive, and educational programs. With the Farm Manager, the FFE is responsible for identifying appropriate farm tasks for students, campers, and adults during various year-round programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualifications, Experience, and Education:

Three to five years prior experience in farming and farm program deliver and in youth outdoor and farm-based environmental educational program management required. BA or associate degree in Jewish experiential education preferred.

Desired Qualifications:

Agency Information:

Committed to providing each camper with a quality, Jewish camping experience since 1902, Tamarack Camps offers the ideal time and space for exploration and discovery. Judaic values and ethics intersect with a beautiful, natural setting, surrounded by energetic, nurturing staff.

Campers conclude our programs with a deeper understanding and appreciation for their Jewish heritage and traditions. In our informal camp settings, Jewish culture and values are woven into daily camp life in a fun, exciting and enriching way. In all of our programs, a child's Jewish identity takes shape, as we deliver an amazing, Jewish camping experience of hiking, canoeing, athletics, song, dance and so much more.