762 Fulton St
The Garden Educator manages the in-school environmental education program at John Muir Elementary, one of our primary Western Addition sites, and is responsible for planning and teaching 8-10 one-hour garden and nutrition education classes a week. The Site Manager will be responsible for managing Koshland Garden and supervising interns and volunteers.
Successful candidates will have a demonstrable track record of working effectively with youth of color in low-income communities, strong classroom management skills, experience in gardening or urban agriculture, and passion for food, social and environmental justice. The ideal candidate will have a degree in early childhood education, a minimum of 1-year teaching experience, and a minimum 1- year managing a farm or garden. The best candidate will have a true love for working with young children.
Program Delivery (35%)
- Plan lessons and curriculum for gardening classes using the Next Generation Science Standards and OST best practices
- During the academic year, teach seven in-school classes at John Muir Elementary School and two to three afterschool garden or cooking classes a week during the school year. Teach six to seven classes a week during the summer
- Develop, organize and coordinate at least one schoolwide gardening activity per academic year
- Co-lead field trips to local farms, gardens and other sites
- Oversee monthly Salad Day at John Muir Elementary
- Support CommunityGrows general activities and operations, including providing classroom support to our BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) program as needed
Garden Maintenance (25%)
- Oversee garden maintenance at Koshland Garden
- Organize & keep track of tools and gardens sheds
- Create garden maintenance schedules
- Coordinate and oversee community gardeners
- Assist in the maintenance and stewardship of partner gardens
Coordination & Relationship Building (20%)
- Schedule garden class schedules with teachers for the fall and spring semesters
- Collaborate with teachers and partners to create dynamic curriculum that suits different age groups
- Provide program and organizational updates to principal and teachers on a timely basis
- Serve as point of contact to the Green Team, the teachers, principal and parents of the school
- Represent ComunityGrows and advocate for the Garden Program at outreach events in the community
- Supervise volunteers, BEETS and interns who assist you in teaching classes and with garden maintenance
- Act as a mentor and co-teacher in BEETS sessions, as needed
- Keep accurate attendance records and evaluations of classes and curriculum taught and share results with staff, teachers and partners
- Input data as needed
- Communicate clearly with all CommunityGrows staff on a weekly basis
- At least 1 year teaching experience, especially with youth ages 5-12
- Experience in urban agriculture, gardening and/or food education
- Excellent classroom management skills
- Strong relationship building skills and ability to communicate effectively with teachers
- Significant experience working in multicultural communities of color
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently and take initiative.
- Good writing skills and computer proficiency
- Strong collaboration, mediation, and team-building skills
- Familiarity with theories of environmental justice; knowledge of environmental principles and issues.
- Pass a background check and a TB test prior to start date
- BA or equivalent experience in early childhood K-5 education, urban agriculture, science, nutrition and health or similar field
- Knowledge and practice of restorative justice principles
- Demonstrated experience in curriculum development, ideally garden based
- Spanish and/or Japanese Bi-lingual
- Experience living and/or working in the Western Addition
- Experience supervising and managing volunteers/interns
- Possess a valid CA driver’s license
- First aid and CPR certification
-Able to navigate multiple sets of steps
-Bend, stoop, kneel, sit and/or stand for extended periods of time
-Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
-Must be able to navigate local travel
-Must be able to work outdoors in different and sometimes inclement weather conditions
-Must be able to teach in a garden setting, which may be dusty or dirty, or have slippery surfaces
COMPENSATION and BENEFITS
$18-$20 to start. We offer full medical benefits with options for vision, dental and flexible spending accounts; 10 paid holidays a year and paid vacation time.
We offer full benefits including medical, vision, dental, life insurance and flexible spending accounts; 10 paid holidays a year and paid vacation and sick leave.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply, please send resume and cover letter. Looking for someone to start ASAP.