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Paid Apprenticeship: URBAN FARM Elementary Educator for a vibrant homeschool consortium

Farm Raised at The Ecology Center

San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA Remote

Full time


Jul 14

Paid Apprenticeship: Elementary Educator for The Ecology Center’s Farm Raised program: modeling the ethos of a one-room schoolhouse and serving a community of homeschooling children.  Located just minutes from the best beaches on the West Coast! We are a Regenerative Organic Certified™ farm and ecological nonprofit in sunny San Juan Capistrano, California. The Ecology Center is committed to raising the next generation of educators, farmers, chefs, and system changemakers to lead our culture toward a future of sustainable abundance. The Farm Raised apprentice will work and study under the direction of our Waldorf-inspired Education Team, and will teach alongside a village of educators, farmers, surfers, makers and chefs.   

The Ecology Center seeks to provide a blueprint for living abundantly on planet Earth through a variety of nourishment offerings, creative programming, and cultural outreach. We believe that our education programs hold the greatest potential for investment in a healthy future. By engaging the next generation to explore how it looks, tastes, and feels when humans live in harmony with nature and one another, our education programs maximize the impact of our organization to transcend the challenges of our time and manifest a widespread cultural transformation.

Over the past 13 years of our organization’s history, we have built our farm into a living classroom for tomorrow’s ecological leaders. By engaging our community’s youth in dynamic experiences with nature, we create a space for collaboration, creative problem solving, and mentorship in the skills and values that cultivate a healthy food culture. We are driving a profound and lasting change in our community’s relationship between food and agriculture.

Our Elementary Educator Apprentice is a full-time, seasonal, paid position from September 2022 to August 2023.  As the Farm Raised apprentice, you will play an integral role as one of the Farm Raised educators.  Ideal candidate is bilingual in Spanish and English and has a love for innovation and creation.  We seek inspiration from our farm and find inspiration from Waldorf pedagogy.  The Ecology Center is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of our faculty and staff. We actively seek systemically excluded communities in our applicant pool, including but not limited to BIPOC and/or LGBTQIAP2+ candidates. This position is designed to graduate into full-time employment within the Farm Raised program.




Qualifications: Ideal candidates have a pioneering disposition, a passion for learning about agroecological education and urban farming, a strong sense of self-direction, and a joyful spirit. Candidates must be comfortable with our 5 guiding principles: Learn by doing, Collaborate for Change, Be part of the solution, Give more than you take, Be here now.  Candidates have experience in a classroom, have explored Waldorf teaching certification and/or have a Bachelor’s degree. If you are in the process of completing any of the above, please inquire nonetheless. Applicants must be committed to self-development, collaboration and professionalism among colleagues, devotion to a nurturing and loving classroom environment, and responsibility to families and the greater community.

Compensation is hourly and based on experience.  We offer tuition reduction and delicious organic produce to your heart’s content. Health benefits available as well after a qualifying period.  

Please visit our website at https://www.theecologycenter.org/programs/

 If interested, send your cover letter and resume to greg@theecologycenter.org

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