School Garden Coordinator

Job Type

Part Time


Minimum: $25
Maximum: $30
Details: salary is hourly based on education and years of experience.



Start Date


Application Deadline



100 Gallatin St. NE
United States


POSITION: School Garden Coordinator

Start Date: August 13, 2018


Bridges Public Charter School is a growing PreK3 to 5th grade public charter school with 400 students. Our mission is to provide an exemplary educational program that includes all students. Unique in the DC education landscape, Bridges PCS is attended by students from all 8 Wards of DC. The student population is 36% students with special needs, 37% English Language Learners and 62% students from low-income families. Our developmentally appropriate, student and family-centered educational approach nurtures students to expand their developmental skills, in order to build a foundation for life-long learning. 

Please visit our website at for more information about the school.

The School Garden Coordinator (SGC) is a (part-time) position that ensures that the school can maximize the educational potential of the garden. The SGC responsibilities include organizing the volunteers, staff, equipment and materials in the creation and maintenance of the garden; developing garden-based curriculum; promoting healthy eating initiatives to increase student performance in the classroom; and generally integrating nutrition, food system and environmental concepts into the classroom environment. The SGC position is three days a week (3) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the school year, with some summer hours in July and August to maintain our community garden plot. Works hours are from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. 


The SGC:


  • Environmental Literacy-Oversee the implementation of the District’s Environmental Literacy Framework;
  • Develop and execute Meaningful Watershed Experiences for classes.

School Garden

  • Assist in the design and maintenance of a school garden and outdoor classroom space;
  • Secure donations; coordinate volunteers; develop a summer maintenance plan; and host community garden days and tours;
  • Organize the school’s participation in several special events during the school year including Growing Healthy Schools Week and Strawberries & Salads event.
  • Promote nutrition education as they relate to the garden;
  • Utilizing the school’s gardening curriculum materials and working with the support of volunteers with gardening expertise, the SGC will execute lessons that support classroom teaching in a range of curriculum areas (science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, etc.) that are connected to the goals of the grant.



The ideal candidate will:

  • Have previous experience working in school gardens;
  • An Associated Degree or Higher;
  • At least 1-4 years of facilitation or teaching experience with children aged 5-10;
  • Knowledge of or interest in topics including education, health and nutrition, and the environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking skills;
  • Ability to work independently and be flexible;
  • Computer skills and project management skills.


  • Supports classroom teachers and facilitate garden-based education classes throughout the week
  • Manages the school garden, supporting the planning and preparation for garden work activities, planting schedule, ensuring the availability of tools and other necessary materials;
  • Attends school staff meetings, Wellness Committee Meetings and grant mandated training sessions as required;
  • Assists with coordinating community garden events to bring students, families, teachers and community members together;
  • Co-ordinates school-wide garden events, relating to food, wellness and nutrition;
  • Attends meetings as required to support the role of the garden in curriculum alignment;
  • Manage the day-to-day operation of the proposed school garden program including program management, technical support, and instruction.
  • Collaborate with at least five classroom teachers to plan and deliver at least twenty garden-based lessons using curriculum that is aligned to relevant standards.
  • Partner with the food service vendor, to plan and implement at least ten cafeteria-based activities including, but not limited to, taste tests, cooking demos, or produce displays.
  • Participate in four full-day trainings which take place during DCPS professional development days.
  • Engage one entire grade level in at least one Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE).
  • Engage the school community to increase the scope of the school garden as an educational resource.
  • Facilitate their school’s participation in Growing Healthy Schools Month (October) and Strawberries and Salad Greens Day (May), sponsored by OSSE.
  • Maintain a healthy school garden using sustainable agricultural practices as defined by the Healthy Schools Act and safety protocol as outlined in the School Garden Safety Checklist here:


This position is an independent contractor working 21 hours per week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am – 4:00 pm. Compensation will be $25 -$30 depending upon experience and education / training. 



As is reguired by DC law staff person earns paid time off.

Level of Language Proficiency

Strong verbal communication skills in English. Speaking Spanish is a plus.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

To apply you must go to the following website: