On The Hill Traineeships
Two Land-based traineeships available with On The Hill April to October 2023
We are offering two traineeships for engaged, motivated people who are interested in exploring and learning from our experiential, land-based methodology and developing practical and facilitation skills.
We consider that everything that needs to be done here on the farm offers a learning opportunity.
Our philosophy is to engage people in meaningful activity in service to the land, self, community, and the future.
As well as our On The Hill trainees, there will be two other trainees working with Teign Greens CSA, developing skills, growing food and learning how to set up a Community Supported Agriculture. There will also be some residential volunteers and day volunteers supporting the work of Teign Greens, On the Hill and Oxen Park farm.
We would love to hear from you if you are keen to participate in the activities and general everyday life of our seasonal community at the farm. Every aspect of life here requires full engagement with the transient community, living, working, and playing here at Oxen Park Farm.
''Learning is experiencing, all the rest is just information''
Land-based Learning Facilitator
On The Hill works with a broad range of people. Children, young people, adults, families, and students.
We are exploring a way of learning where people are engaged in practical activity engaging head, heart, hands, and all of our senses, where learning is collaborative and community oriented.
We believe that in light of the climate emergency and present educational and societal challenges we should be focusing our education on building mental and physical well-being, practical skills, communication skills, and the ability for self-reflection, ultimately building resilience in the next generation.
Ours is a relational pedagogy, less focused on content and information and more on how we interact with each other, our natural and farmed environment, the food we eat, community, and ourselves.
Our educational ethos is not just learning by doing, it is also learning by being. Spending mindful time away from screens; in nature, being still, being able to share reflections in a group process, engage in conflict resolution, exploring what we care about and what we feel responsible for.
If the above inspires you to want to be involved, and if you have had experience teaching, facilitating or working with young people in another capacity then we would like to hear from you.
We are looking for a passionate educator who would like to work with the rest of the team to design, prepare and deliver immersive and transformative programs.
Empowering the next generation will change the world.
Testimonial from one of our 2022 Trainees
In becoming an On the Hill trainee, you enter into a wonderful network, a family of sorts, of people. So many talented, authentic, passionate and often hilarious people to share an insanely varied experience with. During the traineeship I was regularly out of my comfort zone, but I felt I was supported fully. I can now trust in my capabilities more as belief in them was reflected back at me.After a season of camps, working the land, and living in an insanely beautiful location, I really saw the value and transformation when working with young people in this way...for participants. facilitators and the land. I would say I gained clarity about my own way to make a contribution and how my interests could be embraced, explored and offered in a way that inspired. This is the sort of work people do for love, and it does create more love, however cheesy that sounds.
Land-based Learning Facilitator (Kitchen and Garden)
Food is central to everything that happens here, all who visit the farm in whatever capacity are involved in the growing, preparation, cooking, and consumption of food.
Children, young people and adults are offered the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects from seed to table.
To this end, we welcome applicants whose focus would be to facilitate participants to engage in all aspects of this work.
Please apply if you are passionate about bringing people into a greater connection and understanding of the relevance of all elements of food provision.
Some experience and a good level of confidence in managing a kitchen and cooking for large groups is necessary, along with experience of working with young people
How we grow and consume food will change the world.