Search

Job

School Garden Education Coach--Deadline extended to 5/8

Posted by
New
|
Published 28 days ago

POSITION OVERVIEW

As the School Garden Educational Coach, you will help pre-K through 5th grade teachers incorporate gardens into their curriculum through an educator coaching program and teacher professional development. In addition you will provide direct education in school gardens. Your work will increase the use and sustainability of school gardens across DC and help teach students about science, nutrition, environmental stewardship. 

As a member of the programs team, you will also support other FONA programs, including a field trip program, a high school youth development program, and family and visitor programs offered at the US National Arboretum. 

You should consider this position if you have a strong foundation teaching in both traditional classrooms and outdoor settings. A keen interest in the garden as a teaching tool is critical.  You should be comfortable working with teachers, school staff and community members to support up to 15 schools at a time in advancing their school garden programs, particularly focused on schools serving predominantly Black and Latinx youth.  

This position is based in FONA’s office on the grounds of the USNA but will require travel between sites in DC, often on a daily basis. This position is mostly remote now, with the potential for hybrid work in the post-pandemic future.

The target start date is May 17th, contingent upon grant funding. Otherwise, this position will start in August.

REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • 3+ years of teaching experience using a variety of pedagogical techniques
  • Familiarity with national and local educational standards
  • Experience coaching and/ or supervising others, such as educators, volunteers or staff members
  • Gardening experience, preferably in an educational setting, including garden infrastructure planning and maintenance
  • Comfort working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Strong problem solving and time management skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build rapport 
  • Comfort with technology, including Google Docs, Office, etc.
  • Access to reliable personal transportation
  • Beneficial: Bilingual, especially in Spanish
  • Beneficial: Experience collecting and tracking qualitative and quantitative data
  • Beneficial: experience with DC charter and public schools
  • All applicants must be able to pass a criminal background check. 


Expected certificates and licenses:

  • Driver’s License 
  • First Aid
  • While a teaching certification is not required, it is certainly beneficial

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

School Garden Program Support (40%)

  • As a part of our coaching program, make monthly site visits to 10-15 schools; 
  • Maintain communication with up to 45 teachers and administrators participating in this coaching program;
  • Help schools develop and implement their school garden goals, including those for garden infrastructure;
  • Build and support school garden committees; 
  • Support school garden work days and markets
  • Build community relationships
  • Co-teach or lead garden-based education in partnership with school staff


Program Development (30%)

  • Lead a group of stakeholders and representatives from schools and community-based organizations;
  • Plan trainings for teachers, administrators, and parents to use school gardens for agricultural, environmental and nutrition education;
  • Help develop program evaluation tools;
  • Help develop programs and support program staff;
  • Co-manage weekly team meetings


Training (10%)

  • Lead 15-20 training sessions annually, both virtual and in-person; (Most of these training sessions will occur over the summer, on evenings and on weekends.)
  • Coordinate with 10-15 partner organizations to lead school garden trainings
  • Help facilitate seasonal field trip educator training
  • Other Programs (10%)
  • Support other program needs, such as field trips (virtual or in-person), family programs, and events at the Arboretum


Financial (10%)

  • Support budget development
  • Process program-related check requests, invoices, and receipts
  • Assist with grant proposals and reports

POSITION OVERVIEW

As the School Garden Educational Coach, you will help pre-K through 5th grade teachers incorporate gardens into their curriculum through an educator coaching program and teacher professional development. In…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 17, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 8, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$50,000 - $60,000

Benefits

Our benefits package includes health care insurance, a matching 401(k) retirement plan, generous paid time off, plus travel and cell phone reimbursement. 

Our benefits package includes health care insurance, a matching 401(k) retirement plan, generous paid time off, plus travel and cell phone reimbursement. 

Level of Language Proficiency

Being bilingual, especially in Spanish, is a benefit but not required.

Being bilingual, especially in Spanish, is a benefit but not required.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
3501 New York Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20002, United States

Apply to This Job

Instructions:

Please upload a resume and a cover letter or short statement on why you are interested in this position.

All fields are required
Resume must be uploaded in PDF format
Drag file here or browse
No file chosen
Drag file here or browse
No file chosen
By using the Idealist Application system, you consent to sharing your resume and other personal data with potential employers in accordance with Idealist’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Join Idealist

Sign up today to save your favorite jobs and get email alerts when new ones are posted.