Farm to School Educator, AmeriCorps

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Reno, NV
United States

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Primary responsibilities:

Provide garden education in schools and at the Urban Roots’ Teaching Farm that builds an improved sense of academic engagement and preference for healthy fruits and vegetables.

  • Lead/teach lessons in the classroom and on the Teaching Farm in accordance with provided curriculum and training;
  • Develop lessons to improve existing curriculum;
  • Assist schools with installation and maintenance of school gardens to be used as outdoor classrooms;
  • Design/lead workshops to train volunteers to install/maintain school gardens
  • Utilize and mentor interns & volunteers assisting with education programs;
  • Design and lead teacher trainings on lessons and best practices to effectively use school gardens as a teaching tool;

Provide workshops to community members to improve food security and increased knowledge of sustainable agriculture practices in our region.

  • Lead/teach workshops at Urban Roots or partner organizations in accordance with established curriculum and training;
  • Develop materials to improve workshops or provide new workshops with these topics as the focus;
  • Implement and maintain sustainable agriculture practices to use hands-on training techniques within workshop and maintaining teaching supplies and spaces;

Secondary and Related responsibilities:

Identify problems or areas for improvement, make suggestions and design solutions to lessons, teaching spaces, and teaching techniques implemented at Urban Roots.

  • Maintain teaching supplies and teaching spaces;
  • Assist the Urban Roots’ team to complete projects on the farm to enhance the Farm to School program for participants and school partners;
  • Positive attitude and passion for the Urban Roots’ mission;
  • Provide a fun and safe learning environment for all participants;
  • Professionally represent and be a positive ambassador for Urban Roots & partners during 
community events;
  • Collect and report program statistics;
  • Participate in daily AmeriCorps team meetings.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Basic word processing and data management skills;
  • Ability to effectively lead workshops for both small and large groups of participants; children, adult, and mixed ages;
  • Ability to successfully use education standards such as Common Core standards for reading and math and Next Generation Science Standards for lesson plan development.

Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:

  • Experience working with K-12 children in a formal or informal education setting;
  • Experience and/or strong interest in environmental education and sustainable agriculture;
  • Coursework in environmental education or a related field, Bachelor’s degree preferred;
  • Willingness to complete labor-intensive farm work;
  • Willingness to work closely with a small team;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Successful completion of a background check, education training, severe allergy training, and CPR/First Aid Training;
  • Must be over 18 years of age;
  • Must be a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or equivalent, or agree to earn a high school diploma or equivalent before using an educational award.
  • All applicants must be available for the entirety of the service period and able to serve on a full-time basis;

How to Apply:

Immediate Openings! Positions are filled on a rolling basis with start dates available until March 1. 

To apply, send coverletter and resume with three references to Please visit or contact Kim at 775-636-5105 to learn more.