School Garden Coordinator Fellowship



San Jose, CA
United States

Job Category:

Americorps or Service Opportunity

Job Type:


Job Description:


The school garden coordinator will be responsible for bringing the vision of a working school garden to life. The garden will be a place for sustainable education, food equity, and real-life skills. The garden will also serve as a therapeutic space and support a vision for sustainability and food equity in our community. 



  • Work closely with the school principal to co-create the vision for the school garden and continued benefit for the school community
  • Continue to evolve a 6-bed garden including planning and maintenance in the beginning stages of implementation. Continue to build out the infrastructure including planting, irrigation, and some building. 
  • Work with small groups of students during the school day in the school garden on gardening tasks
  • Work outdoors year-round, mostly independently. 
  • Coordinate with our after-school program, and manage the school garden club with middle school students. 
  • Build and maintain a parent volunteer program. 
  • Establish community-based partnerships that benefit the school garden. 
  • Compost program: manage school lunch compost program including compost maintenance. 
  • Expected schedule: At the school site daily (10:00 am - 6:00 pm)
  • Ensure that students have access to a positive and productive learning environment by enforcing all campus safety rules and behavior expectations 
  • Demonstrate the school values and support students in doing the same



  • Preferred: At least 2-3 years of facilitation or teaching experience with youth aged 10-14 (outdoor group management experience preferred)
  • Preferred experience working with school gardening programs
  • At least a high school diploma or equivalent is required
  • Knowledge of gardening, specifically knowledge of innovative and green practices
  • Knowledge and skills in small-scale organic food production or home gardening
  • Knowledge of or interest in topics including urban gardening, botany, environmental science, health and nutrition, food systems, food access
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking skills
  • Ability to work independently and be flexible
  • Computer skills and project management skills
  • Regular and reliable attendance and dependability
  • Spanish speakers are preferred



  • A Prize employee receives robust professional development including weekly coaching meetings, weekly professional development, and training in the Summer. 



  • Be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents
  • Have a high school diploma/GED
  • Be 17 years old or older
  • Pass state criminal and FBI background checks, and a national check on the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry
  • Test negatively for tuberculosis if working with minors
  • Be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing
  • Live in the state of California



Climate Corps AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Climate Corps AmeriCorps partners with local government, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations to provide full-time service opportunities in the Bay Area, Southern California, and the Central Valley to support communities’ critical needs for building climate resilience. Climate Corps AmeriCorps Fellows dedicate 1,700 hours of service in exchange for leadership and career development, and a living stipend supported by an AmeriCorps grant. Climate Corps AmeriCorps is an exciting opportunity for service-minded individuals who are passionate about building climate resilience for communities. For more information, please visit or

SEI requires employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity. We believe that a wide array of perspectives contributes to creative climate solutions where all communities thrive. We strive to reflect diverse communities, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply. A commitment to work and learn within an anti-oppression framework is required.

BACR employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit weekly COVID-19 test results. BACR covers the cost of testing and associated travel expenses. 

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement

Bay Area Community Resources, the administrator of Climate Corps AmeriCorps, is an equal opportunity employer. We cultivate an environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all employees and National Service members. We are firmly committed to maintaining an atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. Therefore, we enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this equal opportunity policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.


KIPP Prize is a 5-8 charter middle school that opened in 2014 and serves 415 students. 


At KIPP Prize we know that some of the most competitive and robust opportunities in life and career exist in our own backyard, and we prepare our students to be able to access those opportunities. We provide a rigorous literacy-based, college-prep curriculum combined with an emphasis on personalized learning, character, and a diverse range of cultural and enrichment experiences to enable our students to access the opportunities in Silicon Valley and beyond.


We believe that an excellent school is built when a thriving student and staff culture work in tandem, to climb the mountain to college. The journey to college readiness has its challenges. In partnership with our engaged and active families, we persist by approaching each day of each year with joy and love, drawing on our most joyful and creative moments and keeping our eyes on the prize of our choice.  KIPP has a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read more about our commitment here.

How to Apply:

To become a Fellow, please submit an online application and resume here:  

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until placements are filled. We encourage submitting applications as soon as possible. Upon review, qualifying applicants will be contacted for an initial screening interview.