Job Opening for Farmer Educator


Farmer Educator
Stanford University

sustainable agriculture Farmer Educator will support the academic mission
of Stanford University by educating students and the Stanford Community
about sustainable food and agriculture systems.

The Farmer Educator has four main categories of
responsibilities: Education and Research Support (50%); Farm and Garden
Maintenance (30%); Community Outreach (10%); and Administrative Duties
(10%).   Duties include but are not limited to the following:

Farmer Educator (F.E.) will develop and teach a course in which  students
learn how to apply ecological principles to agricultural  systems. As well,
the F.E. will assist with or serve as a resource for 
campus lecture
courses related to food and agriculture. Finally, the  F.E. will support
research in a variety of fields related to  sustainable food systems in
conjunction with teams of Stanford faculty 
and students.

preparation for instruction and production, the F.E. will  coordinate
necessary infrastructure and agricultural projects.  As  well, the F.E. will
coordinate students and volunteers to prepare the 
space for

The F.E. will coordinate harvest and on-campus delivery of
farm  produce with the Sustainable Foods Coordinator during the growing 

The Farmer Educator will lead educational opportunities
related to sustainable food and agriculture for the broader campus
community.   The F.E. will work closely with the Sustainable Foods
Coordinator and 
the Earth Sciences Outreach Coordinator to advertise these opportunities and integrate them into dining and academic

The Farmer Educator will create an annual budget and keep
detailed and accurate records of all expenditures, revenues, and crop
harvests in  accordance with this

Required Education and
1.  Bachelor’s Degree in sustainable agriculture or related
field required; Advanced Degree strongly preferred.  2.  Extensive
knowledge of agro-ecology (including soil biogeochemistry; nutrient
cycling; and integrated pest management) and field experience in
sustainable agriculture.  3. Experience teaching, preferably at the
college level.  4. Experience planning events and leading workshops for
all ages.

Desired Skills:
1.  Excellent technical ability in
the field of hands-on agroecology.  2.  Ability to teach, organize and
inspire students and members of the Stanford Community.  3.
Ability to work with and communicate to a wide range of
audiences.  4.  Strong organizational skills (including lesson
planning, time budgeting, and record-keeping).  5.  Ability to
contribute to a team of University partners working towards campus-wide
sustainability goals.

For further details and to
apply, please visit http:// and enter either the job ID
(31295) or job title Farmer Educator) as the keyword search.  Please
let us know how you heard about this position. If you have questions,
please contact Robin Maslin:


  1. You asked “we’re hearing a lot about people wanting to grow food, but how can they learn to do it?”

    Not having a clue about farming didn’t deter friends of mine when they moved from the Silicon Valley area to Portland almost 20 years ago. They read books beforehand but that was about all they did before they bought a 5 acre farm, filled it with goats, sheep, pigs, and chickens, planted the gardens and went at it. It’s not their sole source of income but they do pretty darn well at it. And Jill is deservedly proud when she can say, “our whole meal came from our farm.” I know I could never do what they did with such verve and nerve. Good thing someone is coming up with ways to teach us chickens how to farm.

  2. I’m intrigued what kind of farming does the guy do—that he has enough disposable income to head to Costa Rica or France on vacation.

    My 2 favorite farmers at my local farmers market pretty much work their butts off all year. May relate to the fact that both have livestock. One is an organic goat dairy farm plus veggies and the other is an organic veggie/sheep operation. May also point to the longer growing season we have in Alabama.

  3. I spent part of my childhood on a dairy farm near Burlington, VT. I don’t recall any winter vacations, but that is the problem if you have livestock. I don’t think they had invented the technique of having all the cows dry and calving at the same time either, at that point. It is easy to understand the appeal. I give thanks daily to the fact that there always seem to be people able to learn new methods and a devotion to the land and food production.

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