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TEK Experiential Educator

Deadline to Apply:  Until Filled


Rate of Pay:  $1,500/month

Location:  Marion County, Oregon


Part-time:  24 hours weekly

The Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Workforce Development Project was created to provide experiential horticultural and agricultural service learning for Native Americans pursuing career  pathways into environmental and horticultural fields. This five-year workforce development project will  

provide a series of paid internships to Native American students starting fall term 2021 in partnership  with Chemeketa Community College. The Native American nonprofit, Elderberry Wisdom Farm, also  known as Wisdom of the Elderberry Farm, created the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Development  Project in partnership with Chemeketa Community College with a five-year USDA grant. 

Position Description

Elderberry Wisdom Farm is seeking a TEK Experiential Educator to serve on our  leadership team that will provide outdoor experiential learning with a cohort of eight Native American  interns in September 2021. In years 2-5, we will include Native American, Alaskan Native, Native  Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and other students of color. This is a key leadership position that will help our team evolve our culturally tailored multimedia learning model in preparation for the internship during Fall Term 2021. The educator will assist with curriculum development for outdoor activities; assist the  TEK Educator in the morning educational classroom sessions; lead the interns in field-based experiential  learning in the greenhouse and on the farm in the afternoons; and mentor interns as they strengthen  emerging researcher skills, as well as microenterprise development. Classes will be held Fall term (Sep  2021) on the Native American owned two-acre organic farm and at Chemeketa Community College. 


This position will be physically demanding at times. You will work in all weather conditions from high  heat summer days to cold and wet conditions. However, it is fulfilling work that will immerse you in  nature, teach you a lot about yourself and advance your career in the fields of horticulture, organic  farming, conservation and natural resources in ways that weave Indigenous knowledges with Western  sciences. The position begins in July, 2021. Interested candidates can send their resume to us at