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Come join our Farm school team! 

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?

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Fall 2018 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 eagerness to 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 2018-2019 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 or duplexes. All instructors have private bedrooms, a shared bathroom, a community kitchen, living room, laundry machines and expansive porches and rocking chairs to enjoy the awesome Alabama forests and beautiful sunsets.

If interested, please email resume and references to Andrew Shea, 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.


Summer 2018 Seasonal Farm Hand

General Responsibility: To assist the Farm Manager and Produce Ambassador in the operations and maintenance of McDowell Farm School’s 40 acre educational farm, and also teach the occasional agricultural education class to students.


  • Knowledge of organic farming practices

  • Knowledge of basic animal husbandry practices

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

  • Must be 21 years or older

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Baling and moving hay

  • Animal production in various aspects

  • Do each task in a complete manner as trained by farm leadership

  • Abide by all company policies, rules and safety regulations as directed on each site

  • Work as a team player by accomplishing daily department work requirements and farm goals

  • Maintain and update all department records as required

  • Perform day-to-day plant watering, trimming, transplanting, cleaning, receiving and loading of plants in our greenhouse and surrounding grounds

  • Teach the occasional agricultural class to residential campers

  • Maintain all bio-security standards

  • Uphold all safety regulations

Essential Functions:

  • Ability to work as a part of a dynamic team

  • Self-starter
  • Demonstrate superb organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Recognize and report any hazards to the Farm Manager or Director

  • Be able to work and communicate with a variety of age groups

Volunteer on the Farm!

  • Join our team by becoming a volunteer for the McDowell Farm School.
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