Garden Educator

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, August 13, 2021, 11:45pm

Organization: 

Address:

Cambridge, MA
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

The CitySprouts mission is to cultivate wonder and curiosity for all children with hands-on science learning through urban gardening. Since 2001, CitySprouts has been partnering with public elementary and middle schools in Boston and Cambridge to open the door to hands-on science education through the schoolyard learning garden. Our in-school and out-of-school time programs reach thousands of children from preschool through middle school years to level the learning field for all children. Our model is based on the power of the schoolyard garden to engage children in deep and authentic science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through the natural world where they live, learn and play.

In our 20 elementary school partnerships, we provide weekly science education to classrooms from pre-kindergarten (PreK) through 5th grade during in school time, throughout the school year (Sept-June). Garden educators follow curriculum, plan lessons, and co-teach with teachers to ensure alignment with district science goals and integration in children’s whole learning experience. In CitySprouts’ out-of-school time program, named the Young Leaders Program, we lead a 5 week summer program for 11-14 year olds (July-August) and weekly after school clubs during the school year. Our summer curriculum focuses on hands-on science and life skills that are relevant and useful to youth such as growing food, while building observation and critical thinking skills that help young people see science in their community and in the natural world. All of CitySprouts’ youth programs are tuition-free.

The Garden Educator is part of a team of educators responsible for implementing the CitySprouts program at schools in Boston or Cambridge. The Garden Educator will be assigned to 4 Cambridge schools during the school year, teaching science in the school garden or classroom weekly at each school from September through the school year in June. During the summer, the Garden Educator will lead a site in the summer program for middle school-aged youth. CitySprouts is committed to providing on-going professional development and support in the areas of content knowledge, inquiry-based instruction, cultural competency and student/youth- driven learning. The Garden Educator reports to the Program Director. 

Responsibilities:

● Teach the CitySprouts’ garden-based science curriculum in the school-year September - June

● Provide garden-based science education to 4 elementary schools in Cambridge- leading hands-on science curriculum for students prekindergarten- 5th grade and collaborating with teachers to support science and other subjects in the garden and classroom

● Co-plan science lessons with teachers in the garden and classroom

● Maintain the organization’s relationships with school leadership, teachers/educators and support staff 

● Serve as lead educator at one summer program site (15 youth ages 11-14)

● Maintain regular communication with families

● Mentor 1-2 college interns during the summer program, supporting skill-building in youth development and informal science education

● Maintain schools’ outdoor classroom garden as an educational resource for teachers and the school community

● With guidance from the Operations Manager, maintain an attractive & functional garden space with clear signage and a variety of edible crops, flowers, native species, and specialty plants throughout the growing season, using sustainable gardening practices

● With support from the Program Director, coordinate use of the schoolyard growing spaces for teachers, school staff and community partners, ensuring that teachers and community members have access to school garden supplies & resources;

● Serve as the garden “expert” to the school community

Qualifications:

● Experience working with both early learners and middle school youth

● Experience in a public school setting as an informal educator and/or as a classroom teacher

● Strong interpersonal skills including excellent listening, public speaking, oral and written communications skills

● Working knowledge of sustainable gardening practices

● Proven capacity to work in a multicultural workforce, including sensitivity and competency in working with individuals and groups of diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and lifestyle backgrounds

● Experience communicating and working with families of diverse cultural backgrounds

● Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for the CitySprouts mission

● Ability to do physical work outside

● Fluency in Spanish or other language in addition to English strongly preferred

● Reliable access to a car is strongly preferred (mileage reimbursement included)

Compensation: Base annual salary is $40,000 (Benefits include health insurance, Simple IRA plan 3% match & generous paid time off policy) 

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to the Program Director, Solomon Montagno, at smontagno@citysprouts.org on or before August 13, 2021. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The position begins as soon as the selected applicant is available.