Garden Educator

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, February 18, 2022, 11:30pm

Organization: 

Address:

Cambridge, MA
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

https://www.citysprouts.org/jobs
 

The CitySprouts mission is to cultivate curiosity and wonder for all children with hands-on science learning through urban gardening. Our programs take place in and around public school gardens, making them familiar and accessible places in the neighborhood where young people live, learn and play.  

CitySprouts runs two programs to reach children from the age of 3, when they begin their school journey,  until age 14 when they graduate from middle school. During the school day, CitySprouts garden educators provide weekly science education to classrooms from pre-kindergarten (K0) through 5th grade using our Early Start in Science curriculum. Our curriculum is built on Next Generation Science Standards and the Massachusetts Science, Technology and Engineering standards. Our out-of-school time Young Leaders Program for 6th-8th graders includes both a 5-week summer program and a weekly after school club during the school year. All of CitySprouts’ programs are tuition-free to families. 

CitySprouts is seeking an experienced environmental educator with a passion for helping children learn about the natural world through urban gardening. Candidates must be fluent in Spanish; this position will be teaching in CitySprouts’ Spanish immersion partner schools in Boston and Cambridge. Thoughtful, highly-organized candidates with a strong interest in and commitment to inquiry-based learning are highly encouraged to apply. 

The Garden Educator is part of a team of educators responsible for implementing the CitySprouts program in elementary schools in Boston and Cambridge. Every Garden Educator is assigned a weekly schedule at 3-4 schools during the school year, teaching the Early Start in Science curriculum to students K0 - 5th grade and partnering with classroom teachers to enhance students’ science learning.  During the summer, the Garden Educator [has the option to] leads a site in the summer program for middle school-aged youth. CitySprouts provides on-going professional development and support to its educator team in the areas of inquiry-based science instruction, cultural competency and student/youth- driven learning. The Garden Educator reports to the Director of Programs.

Diversity, Belonging, Inclusion and Equity

At CitySprouts, we value an inclusive environment where all team members feel a sense of belonging and are included as partners in realizing our mission. We are an organization committed to science and nature equity, recognizing that gaps in opportunity and access keep children growing up in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods from the knowledge, skills and access to nature that enrich the lives of their more-resourced peers. We are committed to ongoing learning and understanding as we strive toward bringing the CitySprouts mission to fruition.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Teaching
  • Teach CitySprouts’ Early Start in Science growing curriculum to children in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms in Boston and Cambridge 
  • Partner with classroom teachers and school science specialists to utilize the school learning garden as an instructional resource

 

Gardening

  • Work with the Operations Director to maintain a thriving learning garden at 3-4 schools 
  • Grow a variety of edible crops, flowers, herbs, and perennials throughout the growing season

 

Mentoring

  • Lead a group of 12-15 middle school-aged youth (ages 11-14) at one of CitySprouts 6 summer program sites in a schoolyard garden
  • Implement the Young Leaders curriculum and program core values
  • Develop supportive relationships with young people; introduce them to new skills, foster empathy and confidence, and nurture their interest in gardening and the natural environment
  • Create an inclusive and collaborative learning environment for 1-2 junior summer staff in the summer program

 

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years experience teaching environmental education to children
  • At least 3 seasons of experience in growing a garden
  • Must be a fluent Spanish speaker; confident teaching children in Spanish and communicating with their families
  • Strong classroom management skills and ability to foster a joyful learning environment
  • Willingness to embrace a wide variety of weather conditions as unique and interesting, part of the ebb and flow of the natural rhythm and seasonal changes
  • Proven interpersonal skills with children, families, and peers that reflect cultural sensitivity, respect for differences, deep listening and clear communication
  • Committed to on-going learning and self-reflection as an educator
  • Readiness to do physical work outside, undeterred by inclement weather
  • Reliable access to a car required

CitySprouts is an equal opportunity employer and as such, we do not discriminate on any basis protected by law.

 

Compensation

Compensation commensurate with experience. CitySprouts offers a benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, a retirement plan with a 3% match and a generous paid time off policy, including 12 paid vacation days (increasing with tenure), all state holidays, 5 days of personal/sick time, and a week off in December and in August. 

 

 

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Solomon Montagno at smontagno@citysprouts.org by February 18, 2022.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.