CWP seeks a creative, kind, curious, and energetic Garden Educator to bring transformative experiences to students and families at Chimacum Schools. The successful candidate will have experience working with children aged 3-12, (preferably in outdoor or experiential settings); experience with and enthusiasm for growing food, (ideally in a school garden!); and excellent organizational and project management skills. The core themes of our program are cycles, connections, and interdependence—we strive to cultivate community, ecological literacy, academic rigor, and joy in the ways we teach and manage learning in our garden classrooms.
- Create a positive, safe, and fun experience in a school garden for Chimacum teachers and students, grades Preschool - 6.
- In collaboration with Chimacum School staff, plan and teach garden and food-based curriculum, grades Preschool – 6. Communicate on a regular basis with school administration, staff, and grade level teacher teams around lesson themes, garden calendar, STEAM* curriculum, garden etiquette, and expectations.
- With support of the Community Wellness Project’s Garden Committee, manage 2 school gardens, one each at Chimacum Creek Primary and Chimacum Elementary. Plan and manage garden layout and planting schedule so students have the experience of planting, cultivating, harvesting, and tasting fresh food.
- Coordinate regularly (at least twice monthly) with the Food Services Director around harvest schedule; choose seeds and starts that will complement foods available to serve in the school cafeteria, so that students make the connection between growing food and eating it.
- Communicate on a regular basis with members of the CWP School Garden Committee to identify program needs, connect to resources, ensure any issues are addressed immediately, and celebrate successes.
- Adhere to a posted weekly schedule.
- Be an active presence in the school community. Work with teachers to create cross-curricular linkages to grade-level-appropriate core academics, physical wellness, and social & emotional learning.
- Model reliability, integrity, leadership, strong work ethic, environmental stewardship, local pride, healthy lifestyle, teamwork and positive attitude.
- Build commitment to the garden program with students, parents, volunteers, schools, and community partners.
- Engage families and community stakeholders to coordinate and increase garden participation during the school year and through summer.
- Plan, coordinate, and lead garden work parties in order to maintain and enhance Chimacum School Gardens.
- Maintain records of all student and community activities in the garden, including a harvest log; maintain accurate, timely fiscal records.
- Manage garden grants calendar, submitting appropriate receipts, updates, and reports as needed and in a timely fashion.
- Uphold and model values that are consistent with the mission, vision, beliefs and values of the Community Wellness Project and Chimacum School District.
- Attend staff, garden committee, and Farm to School Committee meetings; attend all required training sessions.
- Maintain clean, organized, stocked work sites, including garden sheds and CES Greenhouse; oversee use of and purchase supplies and equipment.
- Other related tasks as assigned.
(*STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math)
The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, dynamic, and creative professional with a collaborative attitude and a passion for education, food, agriculture and empowering others to succeed, in addition to the following qualifications:
- Minimum of two years experience in classroom and/or outdoor education
- Working knowledge and familiarity with gardening in the Pacific Northwest
- Working knowledge of cooking and food safety protocol
- Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
- Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize with limited supervision
- Ability to work flexible hours during the academic year, including occasional weekends
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Ability to maintain records, complete and follow through on tasks, meet commitments to students, staff, organization and funders
- Ability to pass a Chimacum School District criminal background check before beginning to work with children
- Food Handler’s Card (within 30 days of hire)
- Ability to work outdoors in a physically demanding environment, ability to lift 40 pounds
- Access to reliable transportation
- Positive, enthusiastic, patient, kind
- Ability to work effectively both individually and in a team
- Time management skills, ability to meet deadlines, multitask and balance priorities
- Computer skills: email, spreadsheets, documents, presentations