Learning Gardens Seasonal Educator


Job Type

Part Time Temporary

Published:

04/03/2018

Start Date:

07/02/2018

Application Deadline:

06/08/2018

Address

NEW YORK
New York
New York
United States

Description

POSITION SUMMARY

Learning Gardens brings year-round, field and school-based garden science learning to NYC schoolchildren and community members. Our gardens are outdoor classrooms that provide vibrant green space in some of New York City’s most densely populated neighborhoods. We operate four gardens in three boroughs. Using our four community gardens, CPF presents engaging interdisciplinary lessons to expand student learning around urban ecology, horticulture, soil science, and sustainable urban food systems. Students in 2nd – 8th grade and their teachers receive resource materials, curricula, and tools to enhance their understanding of ecosystem services and address the unique challenges of growing food in an urban environment. High School interns are trained in garden instruction and horticultural techniques throughout the spring and then work alongside Learning Gardens staff throughout the summer.  


Each week from July - August, summer camp groups from local community organizations participate in a 6 session program at one of four Learning Gardens. Middle school-aged youth are led by CPF staff and interns to experience 15 low-cost hours of fun-filled, garden-based science instruction in community gardening, growing healthy food and keeping fit. We are seeking a seasonal educator who will be placed at one of the following three gardens: Abib Newborn Garden in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Umoja Garden in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and Liberty Garden in Jamaica, Queens.



REQUIREMENTS

  • Co-deliver educational sessions for groups of up to 30, 4th - 8th grade youth as part of a regularly scheduled summer program for summer camp groups.
  • Assist to supervise and mentor high school interns on site.
  • Under the supervision of the site lead educator coordinate day-to-day program functions for the designated Learning Garden.  Collaborate with Learning Gardens staff and interns on summer curriculum implementation and garden maintenance.
  • Help track attendance and evaluate program impact, outcomes and participants’ progress.
  • Assist with very occasional CPF programs/events on an assigned, or as needed, basis.
  • Availability Monday - Thursday (up to 24 hours per week).


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum Associates Degree with at least 1 year of teaching experience OR 2+ years of teaching experience; experience operating programs in environmental science preferred.  
  • Experience teaching outdoors and in non-traditional settings. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in garden-based instruction, outdoor education, and youth development.
  • Experience in classroom/group management skills; adept at handling groups outdoors in diverse scenarios.
  • Gardening/horticultural experience important.   
  • Excellent verbal communications skills.  
  • Willingness to work with underserved, urban youth from low-income communities.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team is essential.
  • Willingness to work outdoors from July-August (physical and manual labor necessary) in hot and/or inclement weather.


CONTACT  

Interested parties should email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: education[at]CityParksFoundation.org.  Put ‘Learning Gardens Seasonal Educator’ in subject header.

​In your cover letter, please specifically note your education and horticultural experience.


Thank you for your interest in City Parks Foundation, an equal opportunity employer. Only potential candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.


ABOUT CITY PARKS FOUNDATION

City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community development, and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs and community building initiatives -- located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers, and public schools across New York City -- reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks mean thriving communities.

  • We present the largest free, outdoor performing arts festival in NYC through SummerStage, presenting artists of the highest quality across multiple disciplines and genres, and marionette puppet theater in all five boroughs with our Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the roving PuppetMobile.
  • Partnerships for Parks, a public-private program of City Parks Foundation and NYC Parks, supports and champions a growing network of leaders who care and advocate for the transformation of their neighborhood parks.
  • We connect youngsters to nature in the urban environment with education programs that provide learning experiences through classroom and hands-on activities in parks, urban forests, coastal areas, gardens, and recreation centers.
  • Free golf, tennis, track & field, soccer, and fitness programs bring high-quality instruction and equipment into areas where few organized athletic opportunities exist.  We offer leveled training, year-round scholarship coaching, and special pro events.


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

education@cityparksfoundation.org

http://www.cityparksfoundation.org

Interested parties should email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: education[at]CityParksFoundation.org.  Put ‘Learning Gardens Seasonal Educator’ in subject header.


In your cover letter, please specifically note your education and horticultural experience.


Thank you for your interest in City Parks Foundation, an equal opportunity employer. Only potential candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.


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