JOIN THE CORPS
Are you passionate about working with kids, the environment, and making a difference in public schools? Are you excited by the idea of waking up every day to work outdoors in a school garden? Do you believe all students should have the opportunity to practice science and connect with the natural world? Education Outside is looking for individuals like you to join our growing cohort of dedicated instructors in the nation’s first ever science and sustainability service corps.
At Education Outside, we’re committed to advancing science in public schools, outdoors. We transform school gardens into living outdoor classrooms, where our instructors teach a standards-based curriculum during the school day. Our goal is to bring hands-on, experiential science and environmental education to every public elementary school student as part of the regular school day.
We currently engage 55 AmeriCorps members who work full-time in 5 Bay Area school districts to bring nature and science directly into the hands of more than 20,000 students.
As an Education Outside AmeriCorps member, you are placed at a school for a two-year service term and work with students in grades K-5. Bay Area public school districts are large, ethnically diverse districts, with a high percentage of low-income children and many English-language learners. We work hard to engage leaders who reflect and support the experiences of the communities we serve. Corps members must be willing to cultivate and practice cultural competence and humility.
The position starts in early-mid August 2018 with our annual summer training. In order to provide a more sustainable model for our students and school communities we ask our corps members to serve for two consecutive school years, with a 2-month break in the summer. Corps members will work at their school site Monday-Thursday, teaching in the outdoor classroom, maintaining the school garden, and leading additional programming such as school-wide sustainability efforts or after-school classes. Fridays are designated for professional development, which includes formal learning workshops offered within three content strands (learning and teaching outdoors, leadership for community engagement, and outdoor classroom design), peer coaching, and administration time. There are occasional extended and weekend hours dedicated to service, schoolyard workdays, and community events.
In addition to serving at your school site, you will also be an active collaborator with your service corps peers as you learn and grow together. You will have a designated program manager to support you in your service and growth.
To be considered for an Education Outside AmeriCorps position, you must:
- Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
- Have a high school diploma/GED
- Be 17 years old or older
- Pass state criminal and FBI background checks
- Be negative for tuberculosis
- Be able and willing to commit to the two-year service term
- A commitment to Education Outside’s mission, vision, and values
- The ability to encounter challenges with a solution mindset and remain optimistic despite setbacks
- An openness to feedback and willingness to be coached
- Ability to build relationships, especially with students ages 5-12
- The ability to use judgement and available resources to make decisions, act, and complete tasks with minimal oversight
- Experience teaching and leading groups of students (especially ages 5-12) outdoors
- Experience with gardening or farming
- Experience with leadership, including organizing groups of people to achieve a common goal
- Experience living or working in low-income communities
- Experience working with children and adults from diverse backgrounds
- Experience working or volunteering in the public school system
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
- Ability to be responsive to email, phone calls, and other means of communication
- College degree or equivalent experience
- Competency in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, or Vietnamese is a plus, but not required
As an AmeriCorps member, you will serve your community through Education Outside and receive a modest living stipend of $25,000 for each completed 10-month term, as well as health, dental, and vision benefits. Eligible AmeriCorps members can qualify for child care expenses.
Additionally, at the successful completion of your service term, you may be eligible for an education award of approximately $5,730, to be used for college, trade school, or other educational expenses, including qualified federal loans. (Education awards are only granted twice for serving two AmeriCorps terms. If you have served and received an education award twice, you are not eligible for a third education award.) During your service in AmeriCorps, you may also be eligible for forbearance on outstanding federal student loans. All compensation and benefits received are contingent on AmeriCorps funding.
Minimum Education Required