516 Kennedy Street NW
City Blossoms is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces. Washington DC is our home base where we test and innovate new resources, approaches, and techniques for designing and implementing urban gardens that are communal, educational, artistic expressions of their communities. Applying our unique brand of gardens, science, art, healthy living, and community building, we "blossom" in neighborhoods where kids, their families, and neighbors may not otherwise have access to green spaces.
City Blossoms’ strives to create a work environment and programs based on our values:
- EQUITY. Strive to ensure access and inclusion for all
- DIVERSITY. Celebrate everyone's strengths and experiences
- RESPECT. Nurture compassion and consideration for all living things
- COLLABORATION. Enhance our impact by joining together
- CREATIVITY. Cultivate open-mindedness and experimentation
All City Blossoms programming aligns with the mission and values of the organization, is designed to reflect participating communities, is flexible enough to be site-specific, and makes cultural connections wherever possible.
OVERVIEW OF THE PARTNER GARDENS PROGRAM
The Partner Gardens program aims to foster an environment where schools, students, teachers, and families, particularly from dense urban settings, can have access to and develop relationships with nature, food, and each other through gardens, nature-based education and other activities. This program works through direct partnerships with schools, their educators and some government agencies to create and maintain safe green spaces. City Blossoms provides each school with multi-year support to help establish gardens and programming that are uniquely shaped to reflect each school’s interests and community.
The Partner Gardens Program Educator is responsible for program implementation based on guidance from the City Blossoms Strategic Plan and the Executive Director. Program implementation includes leading educational workshops, field trips, data collection, and coordinating partner activities and communications.
Additional responsibilities will be to support the rest of the City Blossoms team and organizational needs, including but not limited to participation in workdays and community events.
The position will be based at the City Blossoms Studio but will require regular travel to eight to ten satellite sites throughout the Washington area. The position requires a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with the ability to work 20 hours a week between 8:30am and 6pm.
- Bachelors’ degree or equivalent in Education or relevant field of study.
- Successful completion of government background check
- Successful completion of Tuberculosis test
- Minimum of 3 years’ professional experience working with children, youth or in a community-based grassroots organization;
- Minimum one years’ experience gardening, farming or working in a nature education organization;
- Experience working in diverse settings, on community-based initiatives, and directly with community members;
- Experience designing educational lessons, activities, and resources;
- Basic program monitoring and evaluation experience;
- Experience developing and managing relationships and communication with multiple groups at a time.
- At home working in a collaborative, fast-paced professional setting;
- Strong active listening, verbal and written communication skills;
- Ability to document and articulate program progress and needs with a diverse audience;
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and other computer applications (e.g. Google applications and documents);
- Proficiency in Spanish strongly preferred;
- Strong problem-solving skills;
- High attention to detail and self-starter mentality;
- Preference for a highly collaborative and creative work environment;
- Comfortable with some physical tasks, including lifting 20-25 pounds;
- CPR Certification
A benefits package including Paid Time Off is included. Health insurance is not included.
Level of Language Proficiency
Proficiency in Spanish desired.
Minimum Education Required