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Title: Youth Program Educator I
Department: Youth Program
Overview: Gateway Greening educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture. Over the past 32 years, GGI has supported hundreds of community gardens, educating them on how to grow plants and vegetables and instill a sense of pride, ownership, and stewardship of their neighborhoods. GGI provides education and material supplies through workshops, events, and staff expertise.
Summary: The Youth Program Educator position plays a critical role in the development and implementation of Gateway Greening’s Seed to STEM program at our flagship school gardens. In this role, they develop and deliver garden-based lessons as well as support teachers and the larger school communities to ensure that school maximize the educational potential of the garden. The Youth Educator provides professional development training for teachers, acts as a resource for teachers as they plan their own cross-curricular lessons in the outdoor classroom, and models skills that teachers need to feel comfortable using the garden to teach academic standards. The Youth Educator is an essential team member in the garden development process, serving as project liaison from inception to installation.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Curriculum Development and Direct Service Provision
- Design and teach indoor and outdoor age-appropriate Seed to STEM lessons
- Works closely with classroom teachers to develop lessons that support classroom teaching in a range of curriculum areas
- Oversees maintenance of flagship school garden
- Assist with teacher training
- Purchasing of supplies and tracking of expenses
- Program Development and Evaluation
- Builds involvement in and commitment to the school garden within the school community, including teachers, administrators, students, parents and community volunteers at flagship school garden
- Track progress and evaluation of gardens in the database for use in annual evaluation
- Provide information as necessary for grant reports and proposals
- Garden Process
- Provide information and guidance to individuals applying for the garden development process.
- Serve as staff liaison for garden projects
- Assist with the installations and the purchase of supplies and equipment
- Conduct annual site visits to maintain and build relationships with gardeners; also to assess and track garden’s progress
- Program Communications
- Provide appropriate information to constituents through the preparation of content for GGI communications
- Participate in the development of outreach programs to promote the organization
- Assist with Special Events as needed
- When available lead volunteers, practicum students, interns on tasks relating to the program
- Minimum (1-2) years’ working in a school or educational setting
- Minimum (1-2) years’ experience teaching in a non-traditional setting using hands-on, interactive science inquiry methods or relevant horticulture work experience
- Minimum (1-2) years’ experience in program assessment and evaluation
- Solid Horticultural experience and hands-on knowledge of garden tools and equipment required
- Preferred experience performing basic carpentry skills such as cutting lumber, building raised vegetable beds, or constructing compost bins
- Demonstrated understanding of financial operating budget and grant-reporting processes
- Strong speaking/presentation skills; demonstrated experience presenting in front of diverse groups preferred
- Exceptional networking skills and ability to collaborate internally and externally to achieve organizational goals and objectives
- The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required
- Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred. Minimum of (2) years’ of an equivalent combination of skills, education and experience may be considered.
- Preferred areas of study include: Education, Environmental Science, Community Social Work, Horticulture, Urban Agriculture
Physical and Mental Requirements:
- Ability to operate a motor vehicle and trailer
- Ability to work both outdoors and indoors for extended periods of time
- May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e., step stools, climb ladders, etc.)
- Requires the ability to make and receive frequent phone calls
- Ability to deal with people in a sensitive and tactful manner
- Must be able to effectively use garden tools and machinery (carpentry)
- Ability to use computer keyboard (i.e, typing) and operate standard office equipment including computers, copiers, files, fax machines
- Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs when transporting supplies and assisting constituents
- Occasional hands-on participation with event set-up
Work Environment: This position will work outdoors doing extensive manual labor periodically throughout the year. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Must be able to carry heavy objects, climb ladders, move objects from one location to another, work in a crouched position.
- Frequent local travel throughout St. Louis metropolitan area is required – 75% or more
- Actively works hands-on to complete horticulture/carpentry related tasks
- Comfortable working in immediate proximity to the general public, in a safe and friendly manner
- Scheduling flexibility to accommodate teachers’ schedules that allows working weekends and evenings as needed is required
- Office work/indoor work is done primarily in the winter months.
General work schedule:
- Monday – Friday
- Some evenings and weekend hours will be required as needed for special events and workshops