• Immediate: Summer Intern - Organic Farmer

    Posted: 05/04/2022

    Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade. The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.

    SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.

    Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Friends School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond. 

    Summer Farm Intern Part-time, Non-Exempt, 20-25 hours per week

    Summary:  The Summer Intern - Organic Farmer will work with the School’s Farmer to support the SSFS Farm program, immediate opening. This individual will work alongside our farmer producing organic crops and educating our students and community. This is a part-time position, working 20-25 hours per week based on scheduled tasks.


    • Assist Farmer in implementing soil fertility and crop plans.

    • Prepare raised beds, and cultivation of fall crops; seed cover crops, mulch, spread compost, etc.

    • Harvest, clean and transport crops to foodservice.

    • Perform job duties using a variety of basic farm tools.

    • Work with students (K-12) in a variety of educational and service programs

    • Ability to deal with a variety of people in a professional and courteous manner.

    • Performs other duties as assigned.


    Minimum Job Qualifications:

    A High School diploma or equivalent.  Ability to read, write and speak English sufficiently to perform all of the duties of the position.  Requires valid Maryland Driver’s License 


    Essential Physical Requirements:  

    This is a highly physical position requiring but not limited to the following:

    • Sitting less than 1 hour per day, standing greater than 7 hours per day, walking 3-7 hours per day ability to lift/carry up to 50 pounds, push/pull greater than 50 pounds, climbing stairs/ladders 1-3 hours per day, moderate bending, excessive squatting and frequent twisting, kneeling, and reaching.  Driving is a requirement.

    • Also required is normal vision including distance, peripheral, and depth perception, normal visual color discrimination, normal hearing, and speaking/reading/writing English proficiently. Exposure to chemicals, noise levels above 85dB, dust, fumes, odors, humidity, as well as slippery and uneven surfaces should be expected.   

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Ability to deal with a variety of people in a professional and courteous manner.

    • Knowledge of occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

    • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

    • Estimate time, materials and equipment required for jobs assigned.

    • Perform multiple tasks and ability to upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions.

    • Work with immediate supervision, and provide information and/or advising others.

    • Use resources from other work units to perform the job's functions.

    • Keep up-to-date work records.

    Functional Competencies:

    • Leadership/Integrity: Effectively communicates the School’s shared purpose; builds trust among colleagues; is accountable; lives up to commitments

    • Team Player/Commitment: Understands the big picture and manages areas of responsibility in a manner consistent with the School’s mission and culture

    • Interpersonal Skills: Relates to employees, students and parents in a cooperative manner 

    • Productivity/Organizing/Planning: Meets deadlines, demonstrates effective use of time and handles multiple assignments successfully

    • Professional Growth: Understands and acknowledges the need for growth and is receptive to constructive feedback.

    Commitment to Diversity: Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring, and other school-administered programs.

    Please submit a letter of interest, resume, completed application, and three professional references by selecting the link