Olney Friends School seeks to fill an Assistant Farmer position for the 2019-2020 school year and beyond. Olney is an ISACS accredited, progressive, co-educational boarding and day school for grades 9 – 12, located in Barnesville, Ohio. We are also members of the Friends Council on Education (FCE) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Attached to the campus are 350-acres of U.S.D.A certified organic farmland.
The assistant farmer reports to the farm manager, and in coordination with him, carries out the farm management plan. They must be prepared to work irregular hours as necessary, but usually will be scheduled to work 40 hours a week.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Preparation for food crops for school kitchen use
Planting, care and harvesting crops for school use
Livestock care (goats and chickens)
Oversight of student farm crews
Coordination with faculty for farm projects connected to academic classes
Maintain fencing for 100 acres of pasture
Provide farm-related building and equipment repair and maintenance
Other duties as assigned
Specialty in any of the following fields: agricultural science and/or outdoor education
Experience in maintaining agricultural land
Knowledge and/or experience in USDA organic certification
Ability to performa variable selection of other duties such as being a dorm parent, being a student advisor, acting as a class or outdoor education sponsor, covering periodic evening and weekend duty, and participating in various meetings and special events
About Olney Friends School
Established in 1837 by the Ohio Yearly Meeting of Friends, Olney continues to cultivate the Quaker values of consensus, integrity, and cooperative conflict resolution while honoring ethnic, racial, religious, LGBTQIAS, and socio-economic diversity. Students participate integrally in all aspects of community life, including decisionmaking in the dormitories, deliberating on academic offerings, and working in the kitchen and on the farm. 100% of Olney graduates are admitted to 4-year accredited colleges and universities.
The school is located on 350 USDA certified organic acres near the town of Barnesville, Ohio, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The area is largely agricultural; nearby areas of ecological interest allow the school to offer hands-on environmental science education. The Olney farm provides not only food for the community, but also educational opportunities for students and revenue for the school. The Olney curriculum takes advantage of its small size, international student presence, and culture of inquiry to offer a unique academic environment for high school students. All courses teach core college preparatory material and skills while offering studen...ts opportunities to choose to engage with material at greater depth and at an individual pace.
Olney is accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS), and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Friends Council on Education (FCE).