Garden Educator & Site Manager

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Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 11:00pm

Organization: 

Address:

San Francisco, CA
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

About Us

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.

Description:

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.

Responsibilities:

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

Supervision (15%)

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

Administration (5%)

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

Required Qualifications:

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
 

Desired Qualifications:

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.