Garden Educator

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $37,440.00
Maximum: $42,000.00



Start Date:



762 Fulton St
San Francisco
United States



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

Supervision (10%)

  • 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

Administration (10%)

  • 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 

Required Qualifications
  • 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

Desired Qualifications
  • 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


Full time.


$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.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply

To apply, please send resume and cover letter. Looking for someone to start ASAP.