DreamCatcher Farm Assistant Farmer and Educator
Job no: 496595
Position type: part-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
The DreamCatcher Farm Assistant Farmer and Educator will be 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.
This position is supervised by and reports to Economics Professor Geoff Schneider. The person in this role must be highly motivated, responsible, reliable, and have the ability to work a flexible schedule.
• Assist at Dream Catcher farm with planting, weeding, and harvesting to facilitate the educational and research effort of Bucknell faculty, staff, and students.
• Provide instruction on proper horticultural techniques, safety measures and risk reduction for Bucknell faculty, staff, and students engaged in educational and research efforts at Dream Catcher Farm.
• Collaborate with the DreamCatcher Advisory Board to design and implement educational activities, publicize efforts, and increase the involvement of Bucknell students in the broader community.
• Actively support a diverse and inclusive student, staff, and faculty community.
• Perform additional duties as assigned by the Bucknell supervisor.
• 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
• Current and valid driver’s license
• Prior experience working with a diverse workforce, including supervising volunteers and instructing both K-12 and college students.
• Bachelor's degree
• One (1) 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
• Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
• Bending, kneeling, stooping, pushing, pulling, reaching above and below shoulders, lifting
• Ability to work outdoors, some evenings and weekends
• Possible daily exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature changes
Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an 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.
Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The 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. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and 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 here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District 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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