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
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
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
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
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