Careers at DMHS

Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School (DMHS) is a growing, Denver Public Schools urban farm school and high school. We have a high functioning and collegial staff culture that serves a highly diverse population of students matriculating from Denver Public Montessori elementary schools.  We have 125  7th, 8th and 9th grade students in the farm school. This year, our  High School has approximately 60  10th  and 11th grade students. Next year we add 12th grade

Farmer

Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School (DMHS) is looking for a part time farmer to assist our teachers in preparing and maintaining the school’s urban farm. The farmer will work 12 hours per week in June and July and then 24 hours per week through the school year. Preferred candidates will have a deep understanding of permaculture principles, be flexible, enjoy working with adolescents and be a strong collaborator. DMHS is a Denver Public School serving a diverse population of students age 12-18. Please email your resume and cover letter to katy_myers@dpsk12.net.
 

DMHS Farmer Job Description

Overarching purpose for creating this position:

  • To create and maintain a rich, deep and diverse prepared environment on the farm that allows for Increased student engagement and increased capacity of our school farm.

  • To fill in the gaps that naturally emerge when a day school is trying to run and maintain a farm and CSA

Key characteristics:

  • Ability to engage students with farming activities.

  • Interest in working with middle school age students

  • Understanding of Montessori or other constructivist pedagogies.

  • Ability and flexibility to work in a dynamic changing environment

  • Ability to drive students on field trips

 

Preferred candidates will also join extended overnight trips.

 

School Year Responsibilities

  • Work closely with project team staff to assist and support any farm-related activities; duties will primarily be performed side-by-side with groups of students. This person may:

    • Harvest, clean, and prepare produce for CSA

    • Build or install new infrastructure and repair systems when necessary

    • Animal care (chickens, rabbits, bees)

    • Seed new plants, water and transplant seedlings

    • Buy or obtain materials using the school’s van and purchasing systems.

    • Research new systems and connecting with neighborhood resources

  • Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons:

    • Develop larger farm-related projects that span 6 weeks and lead groups of students

 

Summer Responsibilities

  • Spend three mornings or afternoons each week meeting with students to care for the farm.

    • Chicken care (feed, water, clean, collect and wash eggs)

    • Check on irrigation system and repair any leaks

    • Weed beds

    • Plant beds for fall harvest

    • Harvest and distribute produce

 

Weekend and Break Responsibilities

  • Manage the parent volunteer worklist during school holiday breaks and long weekends