Rooted Teen Program Leader (Seasonal)

Carnation Farms is a nonprofit organization on a mission to transform the way that people want to eat. We celebrate delicious and nutritious food produced in a sustainable manner by providing inspirational and educational experiences that positively affect health, the environment, and local economies. We develop the next generation of food citizens and grow new farmers.


Rooted Teen Program Leader (Seasonal) 

Reports to: Education Manager

Full Time, Seasonal 

Pay Rate:  $18 per hour

Position Summary:

The Rooted Teen Program Leader, affectionately known as the “Crew Leader” by the youth, is responsible for our teen job training program, Rooted. They work closely with the Education Manager and Farm Team to deliver meaningful and engaging programming.

Rooted is a seven-week employment training program for high school age youth who are interested in learning more about the food system and how they can play a role in affecting change. Crew Members work on our fifteen-acre organic farm and participate in workshops to develop a knowledge base of sustainable farming and food systems, as well as develop leadership and cooking skills. For many youth, it is a first job: working in a crew of ten, youth gain invaluable skills of teamwork, accountability, civic participation, and communication.

We are looking for a Rooted Teen Program Leader who is dedicated to empowering youth and improving their teaching practice. They should have some experience with gardening, farming, and earth-based sciences. The ideal candidate is an excellent multitasker, patient, fun-loving, and confident in their ability to motivate and assist youth in learning new skills and exploring a growing environment. This position is an ideal space to explore experiential education or hone your teaching skills, we are committed to the professional development of our Rooted Teen Program Leader.

This seasonal full-time position runs Monday through Friday, working outside for 8 hours a day, June 20- August 24. Our Rooted program runs 7 weeks, July 5- August 19, with two weeks of training at the beginning and three days of debriefing at the end. Must be available for the entire length of the program.


Program Delivery

  • Execution of Rooted at Carnation Farms
    • Lead and mentor a diverse group of ten youth 
    • Lead and participate in daily farm field work
    • Learn, develop and deliver Rooted curriculum, content, and expectations
    • Responsible for youth safety and wellbeing in all settings, including group activities, on-farm fieldwork, and community outreach
    • Foster a collaborative, respectful, and comfortable environment for youth
    • Ensure Carnation Farms’ and Rooted-specific program standards are consistently upheld
    • Receive and act upon weekly feedback and guidance from Education Manager
  • Embody and represent Carnation Farms’ mission
    • We are a group on a mission to change the food system, and we are looking for others who are just as passionate about it, too. 
    • Rooted is a key forward facing program for Carnation Farms. The Rooted Teen Program Leader is asked to speak about the importance of this program through interactions with our community.


Experience and Education:

  • Leadership experience in educational or summer programs with adolescent youth required
  • 1+ years of undergraduate study in Education, Environmental/Agricultural Education, or a related field preferred

Key Competencies:

    • Outstanding leadership and organizational skills, with a great sense of humor 
    • Demonstrated experience motivating, fostering individual potential, building trusted relationships, and interacting effectively and appropriately with teens
    • Genuine love of working with youth
    • Interest in farming, food systems, teambuilding, and community service
    • Self-starter with excellent communication skills and problem-solving abilities
    • Comfortable with holding youth accountable and professionally managing conflicts between youth
    • Adaptable in accomplishing a variety of tasks at the same time
    • Personable and relatable 
    • Ability to perform demanding physical farm labor, including working outdoors in a myriad of temperatures for 8 hours a day, and lifting 50 pounds. 
    • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and morph any experience into a learning opportunity
    • Must be qualified and comfortable driving a large van and transporting youth
    • Ability to comply with Carnation Farms Farm Camps COVID-19 policies 


  • Valid driver’s license
  • Background check
  • CPR/First Aid Certification 

Carnation Farms provides resources for CPR certification during training week, if you aren’t previously certified. 

Carnation Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Carnation Farms does not discriminate or determine employment on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity, age, or any other factor; employment decisions are made only on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business needs. Carnation Farms is committed to an environment of mutual respect and maintains a zero-tolerance policy in regard to discrimination or harassment of any kind.

To Apply: Please send an email to including your resume and cover letter. Application review begins March 27, 2022. Position open until filled.