Teacher-in-Residence Program

Interested in helping children connect with nature?

Slide Ranch is a non-profit farm-based environmental education organization located within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, on coastal wildlands just 25 minutes north of San Francisco. The mission of Slide Ranch is to connect children to nature. We cultivate healthy bodies and minds and foster future generations of environmental stewards. By farming, cooking, caring for animals and exploring wilderness and the coast, we teach people of all ages to see the connection between their own health, a healthy food system and a healthy environment. 

Position timetable:

The 10-1/2 month Teacher-in-Residence Internship (7 positions) runs from January 21 through November 26, 2019. Applications are accepted starting July 2018, until all positions are filled. For best consideration, apply by September 15, 2018.

The 2-1/2 month Summer Teacher-in-Residence Internship (3 positions), and Summer Ranch and Camp Support Internship (1 position) run from May 28 to mid August 16, 2019. Applications for summer 2019 are accepted starting January 2019, until all positions are filled. For best consideration, apply by March 1st, 2019.


Annual Teacher-in-Residence Job Description (10.5 months)

These are residential "live-on-the-ranch" positions - including an hourly wage, with cabin housing and food provided

Position Summary

Slide Ranch’s Teacher-in-Residence program fosters and inspires the next generation of leaders in education, sustainable farming and environmental stewardship. Apply yourself for 10-1/2 months that supports your growth as an educator and steward, and prepares you for a meaningful career!

You will gain valuable, hands-on experience, professional development, and training in agricultural and environmental education while living and working with a dynamic group of about 18 people on a rural, coastal farm within a national park. Teachers-in-Residence customize and lead programs for Bay Area children and families from a wide range of backgrounds. Experiential education programs include both day and overnight visits, exploring the farm (pasture with sheep and goats, chickens, ducks, beehives and an organic garden), cooking, trails and tide pools.   

The Teacher-in-Residence program trains seven people each year through a residential, hands-on teaching internship that includes daily teaching responsibilities as well as experience with organic gardening, animal husbandry, sustainable farming and facilities maintenance, with ongoing training in all areas. In addition to teaching, all interns actively participate in running the farm.

Teachers-in-Residence also learn about the operation of a nonprofit organization, help with fundraising projects, and provide support for various volunteer and fundraising events during the internship. Teachers may participate in creating onsite and online curriculum, including video clips or blog entries that will appear on our website and other social media. 

Internship Components

The central focus of this position is on teaching. Programs serve pre-K through adult visitors, with the majority being elementary school-aged children. The work week typically involves 5 teaching days. Most programs are 1 day visits (10am- 2pm) but we also offer overnight programs in which teachers work with the group for two or more days and lead an evening  campfire.  Overnight programs do not require TIRs to camp or supervise the group at night. Program formats vary seasonally. In spring and fall, the focus is on school, community group, volunteer and family programs, with a Tuesday- Saturday work week. Summer months are focused on our day camp program, with a Monday-Friday work week. 

In addition to teaching, you will receive training in maintaining a small farm and stewarding national park land. A rotating teaching schedule means periodically supporting garden and ranch projects, including days when you will be supported in covering all the farm chores. You may substitute teach or support programs during this week as needed. Throughout the year you will also lead tours and help facilitate volunteer work projects with individuals and groups during corporate, donor and community volunteer events. Slide Ranch is public parkland and open to hikers during daylight hours, so as a residential staff member you will share responsibility in providing basic orientation to visitors.  

Training

The internship begins with a 3-week orientation period and training, including introductions to foundations of environmental education practice at Slide Ranch, residential systems, and farm chores. A typical day includes morning farm chores and preparation for program, teaching a program from 10am-2pm, followed by an afternoon training session from 3:30-5pm led by permanent staff that blends ongoing training with hands-on opportunities to learn through work projects. These afternoon sessions include teacher meetings on curriculum, educator skill building and planning, garden and animal husbandry, and farm and environmental maintenance and stewardship. Several teaching observations and ongoing mentoring by program staff complement the position. About once a month during the school year, a professional development day provides opportunities for teachers to visit related environmental education, farm, or urban agriculture or food systems organizations in the Bay Area. For one week, each Teacher-in-Residence has the opportunity to focus on an independent project that contributes to Slide Ranch and allows for deeper skill building in an area of the internship.

Farm and Community Life

Teachers are responsible for a daily ranch chore outside of the 8-hour internship day, and night-time goat-milking on a rotating basis. In addition, teachers will have residential community responsibilities outside the internship day, including a weekly resident chore, cooking dinner for fellow residents twice each month, and a monthly resident meeting.  

This position requires a collaborative spirit working with a team of teaching peers and organization staff. The successful candidate will possess a great attitude and strong motivation to experience all facets of the internship as important to one’s learning and development. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience in education or working with children.  
  • Desire to learn about farming, stewardship and teaching to various ages.
  • Awareness of multicultural environmental education and issues related to the urban environment and current local, regional and global events.
  • Flexibility, enthusiasm, creativity, curiosity, and positive attitude.
  • Eagerness to  practice engaging students with an interactive, thematic teaching approach.   
  • High level of personal responsibility in work and professionalism when dealing with the public and colleagues. 
  • Ability to take initiative and adopt a solution-oriented approach, while understanding the value of teamwork.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to accept supervision and guidance.
  • Interest in participating in nonprofit events including fundraising activities, volunteer programs and donor events.  
  • Multilingualism, especially Spanish language.
  • In your application, please note any prior experience with environmental education, diverse populations including English language learners, gardening, farm animals, speaking Spanish, music, performance, cooking and community living. This position requires patience and trust working with a team of teaching peers and organization staff. The successful candidate will possess a great attitude and strong motivation to experience all facets of the work as important to one’s learning and development.

Physical Requirements

Duties are performed in a hilly and rural outdoor setting and can be physically demanding, including manual labor such as shoveling, lifting up to 40 lbs., and farm chores outside of an 8-hour day. Applicants must be comfortable living in rustic accommodations.

Compensation

Cabin housing, healthy food, hourly wage and an opportunity to live with a group of people in a beautiful, rural setting.

To Apply

No phone calls, please. Email a single PDF document including: 
1) Your resume
2) A personal statement (see below)
3) Contact info for 3 references

Applications are accepted starting July 2018, until all positions are filled. For best consideration, apply by September 15, 2018. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply.

In the personal statement, indicate why this position is of interest to you. We encourage you to describe any professional or personal experience you think may be relevant, including working with youth, additional languages to English, previous experience living in a residential community, and any unique skills or diversity you would bring to this team. We are also interested in any farm, garden or wilderness experience you may have had. Please indicate in your application where you saw this internship posting.

We will begin interviewing applicants after September 8th, and all applicants will be notified by email when the positions have been filled. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Please note that Slide Ranch aims to increase diversity in our staff and support an intern cohort that reflects the demographics of our San Francisco Bay Area community. People of all colors, cultures, class, age, genders, and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply. 

Dates of Session: January 21, 2019 –  November 26, 2019

Contact

Slide Ranch  
Attn: Education Director
2025 Shoreline Hwy
Muir Beach, CA 94965
Email (preferred): admin@slideranch.org and hiring@slideranch.org
Fax: (415) 381-5762


Summer Teacher-in-Residence Job Description (2.5 months)

These are residential "live-on-the-ranch" positions - including an hourly wage, with tent housing and food provided

Position Summary

Apply yourself for 12 weeks of work that challenges you to grow as a person and as a professional educator.  You will gain valuable hands-on experience in agricultural and environmental education and learn how to live and work in a rural setting as a member of a community. 

From June-August, Slide Ranch hosts 10 weeks of day camp.  Summer camp participants learn to care for farm animals and gardens, explore miles of wildland trails, discover ocean tide pools, cook farm-to-table, and participate in arts & crafts projects. Teachers-in-Residence lead groups of students in the 5-day experiential education camp programs.  Our Teachers-in-Residence customize each program to meet the learning needs of campers 5 – 13 years of age, as well as working with junior camp counselors age 14+.  Over the course of the summer, Teachers-in-Residence may also work with adults or youth in the context of volunteer or community group visits.

Training

The internship provides two weeks of paid teacher training and farm operations prior to the start of camp. Occasional teacher observations complement the position and provide formal opportunities for professional feedback. After the camp day, Teachers participate in afternoon training sessions on outdoor education teaching and management, gardening, animal husbandry, and/or farm maintenance. 

Farm and Community Life

Teachers are responsible for daily ranch chores, and nighttime goat-milking on a rotating basis.  In addition, teachers will have residential community responsibilities outside the work day, including a weekly resident chore, cooking dinner for fellow residents twice each month, and a monthly resident meeting.

Summer Ranch and Camp Support Internship

Slide additionally hires a residential Summer Ranch and Camp Support Intern, who will support our mission by working alongside our Garden, Animal Care and Facilities Managers as well as supporting our summer camp - but not leading weekly camp groups. This position also requires experience working with children, and includes responsibility for "After-care," our program offering an extended care option for our summer day camps. Please indicate your interest in this specific position in your application.

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience in education or working with children.
  • Prior experience working in a farm setting
  • Flexibility, being a team player, and having a positive attitude and sense of humor.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to accept supervision and guidance.
  • High level of personal responsibility in work and professionalism when dealing with the public.
  • Ability to take initiative and adopt solution-oriented approach to problems.
  • Love of children and nature. 

In your application, please note any prior experience with gardening, animal husbandry, environmental education, diverse populations including English language learners, art, music, performance, culinary and community living skills. This position requires patience and trust working with a team of teaching peers and organization staff.  The successful candidate will possess a great attitude and strong motivation to experience all facets of the work as important to one’s learning and development.  You will be required to obtain basic first aid/CPR training before arriving.

Physical Requirements

Work can be physically demanding and includes manual labor such as shoveling, lifting up to 50 lbs., use of power tools, and chores outside of an 8-hour day.

Compensation

Tent housing, healthy food, hourly wage and an opportunity to live with a group of people in a beautiful, rural setting.  Applicants must be comfortable living in rustic tent accommodations for the duration of the summer.  

To Apply For the 2019 Summer Teacher-in-Residence Position

No phone calls please.  Email a single pdf document including resume, a personal statement and contact info for 3 references. Applications for summer 2019 are accepted starting January 2019, until all positions are filled. For best consideration, apply by March 1st, 2019. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply. In the personal statement, indicate why this position is of interest to you. Describe any relevant experience in education (especially summer camp), previous experience living in a residential community, and any unique skills or diversity you would bring to this team.  We are also interested in any farm, garden or wilderness experience you may have had. Please indicate in your application where you saw this internship posting.

*Please note that Slide Ranch values diversity in both our programs and our staff.  People of all colors, cultures, class, age, genders, and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.

Dates of Session: May 28, 2019 - August 16, 2019

Contact:

Slide Ranch  Attn: Associate Program Director
2025 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach, CA 94965
Email: admin@slideranch.org
Fax: (415) 381-5762