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JOB Announcement - Director of McDowell Farm School

Are you ready to put your leadership skills and education experience into action at a place whose motto is to be the way the world COULD be? We are looking for a dynamic person to lead the McDowell Farm School (MFS) team at Camp McDowell! McDowell Farm School’s aim to get students outside to learn where their food comes from, while getting their hands dirty and feet muddy! Our mission is to inspire curiosity, teach problem solving, and empower community connections through sustainable agriculture.

The Director of McDowell Farm School is the visionary for the education and production enterprises of the McDowell Farm School! The Director creates fun learning opportunities by leading the development of curriculum and programming. A huge portion of this position is to be an inspiration for both the children who come through our program, as well as the farm staff, made up of both full-time leadership staff and seasonal instructors.

Some responsibilities of the Director are to manage marketing and promotion of the program. Creating and coordinating teacher workshops and marketing events are some of the fun ways we do this. The Director works on developing and managing the annual budget as well as collaborating on scholarships, grants and fund raising opportunities. They also collaborate with other Camp McDowell staff to find ways to incorporate the Farm curriculum into our summer camps and retreats.

See full job description here.

Salary & Benefits: Salary will be dependent on experience, Camp McDowell has on site housing that includes utilities, and internet, cell phone stipend, Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance with dental and vision optional. Church Pension group retirement plan, and a wonderfully flexible vacation!

Tentative Timeline for hiring:

Application Deadline: June 20, 2017

Phone interviews set for June 21-28 (DATES EXTENDED)

Bring in final candidates for live interview week of July 3-9, if possible

New McDowell Farm School Director start in the time frame of July 17-31

Please send all cover letters and resumes to

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Seasonal Instructors:

McDowell Farm School is looking for seasonal instructors to join our education team, bringing their own strengths, creativity, and experience to the Farm School. We are looking for motivated individuals with a passion to teach, a desire to expand their education and agricultural skills, and share their love for the environment. Instructors teach and explore with the students in order to foster a sense of community, as well as create an appreciation and understanding of where our food comes from and the environment around us. Farm School staff assist with vegetable production and animal care, teach established lesson plans, lead night programs, and aid in program development. Instructors must have a college degree, possess CPR and First Aid certification, and undergo a background check.

Positions are available for the 2017-2018 school year, fall and spring seasons. Instructors' base pay is $290/week, with seasonal raises. Benefits include meals and housing in our newly built Grace House and duplex. All instructors have private bedrooms, a shared bathroom, a community kitchen, living room, laundry and expansive porches and rocking chairs to enjoy the awesome Alabama forests and beautiful sunsets.

If interested, please email resume and references to Ali Papp, Director, at or call at 205.387.1806 ext 106.

Camp McDowell does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

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