Promoting Professional Development and Best Practice in EE
Garden Educator & Site Manager
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Deadline to Apply:
Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 11:00pm
CommunityGrows (CG) cultivates healthy youth through growing gardens in low-income, diverse communities. Through outdoor, environmental and nutrition education, we help high-needs youth, especially those living in public housing in San Francisco, develop the confidence, skills and experience to live a healthy life and become leaders in their communities. Each year we engage over 1,300 kids through our garden and cooking programs.
We are a grassroots organization that has served the community for the last 23 years. Cultivation of healthy youth takes time and we continue to build support and solidarity with deep relationships amongst our community partners. CommunityGrows is committed to diversity and equity. Our values include: co-powerment, restorative justice, social justice, food justice, active listening, leadership building, love, compassion, respect, nature, community, resiliency, and peace.
Our environmental education program educates students to high academic and social emotional learning standards. We use hands-on science curriculum and exploration to foster knowledge of, and respect for, the environment and inspire a sense of wonder about the natural world. We integrate our school curriculum into grade-level science standards and support the teachers’ classroom curriculum. Our after-school and summer programming is designed in light of out-of-school (OST) time best practices and in consultation with community partners to best meet their learning objectives.
The Garden Educator & Site Manager manages the in-school environmental education program at Rosa Parks Elementary, one of our primary Western Addition sites, and is responsible for teaching and planning 8-10 one-hour garden and/or nutrition education classes a week. The Site Manager will be responsible for managing two on-site gardens and supervising an Assistant Garden Educator, 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 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
Teach seven in-school classes at Rosa Parks 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 during the summer
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 including chicken care and rainwater catchment system
Organize & keep track of tools and maintain greenhouse and gardens sheds
Create garden maintenance schedules
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 to create dynamic curriculum that suits different age groups
Meet with the Rosa Parks Green Team (a subset of the PTA), every other week during the school year to provide program and organizational updates
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
Train and oversee the Rosa Parks Assistant Gardener to ensure maintenance and utilization of lower garden by teachers and students
Supervise volunteers, BEETS and interns who assist you in teaching classes and with garden maintenance
Keep accurate attendance records and evaluations of classes and curriculum taught and share results with teachers
Communicate clearly with all CommunityGrows staff on a weekly basis
At least one year teaching experience, especially with youth ages 5-12 from diverse communities
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
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
Experience creating garden education curricuclum
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
How to Apply:
Please send resume and cover letter to: Melissa@communitygrows.org
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, early applications encouraged.