Position title: Full-time Garden Educator Exempt/Non-exempt: Exempt
Reports to: Program Director
Position Description: The Garden Educator develops and facilitates inquiry-based, garden-focused science education during the school day, in collaboration with classroom teachers at partner schools. The Garden Educator also leads a garden-based after-school/summer program. The educator is expected to implement a child-centered multi-disciplinary curriculum that fosters confidence and problem solving skills, promotes peace and healthy eating, and allows students to be empowered through discovery.
Hours: 40 hours per week
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Plan and implement a program of weekly, garden-focused instruction for grades PreK-2 during the school year, with exceptions on holidays and other predetermined, excused days.
- Make purposeful, appropriate lesson plans that incorporate effective teaching strategies, with a focus on scientific inquiry, problem solving, collaboration, and hands-on activities.
- Facilitate seed-to-plate experiences for all K-2 students annually.
- Engage in regular communication and coordination with classroom teachers and curriculum specialists to align lessons with the school curriculum and school needs.
- Plan and implement Global Gardens’ after-school/summer program for students in grades 3-5. Offer the program four afternoons per week during the school year, and 3-4 mornings per week in June-July, with exceptions on holidays and other predetermined, excused days.
- Conduct student recruitment and application process, communicate with families, and maintain accurate attendance records.
- Design appropriate lessons that incorporate effective teaching strategies, focusing on self-discovery, social skills, healthy eating, conflict resolution and cultural awareness.
- Encourage student enthusiasm for and ownership of the learning process.
- Support and manage student events and community projects (e.g., farmers’ markets, fundraisers, Love Your World, etc.).
- Oversee the activities of volunteers, interns and AmeriCorps Members.
- Ensure regular maintenance of the gardens associated with classes taught. Work cooperatively with other GG educators to maintain shared garden areas.
- Help ensure that the garden space reflects Global Gardens’ student-led philosophy.
- Facilitate site-specific garden work days.
- Obtain materials needed for instruction, following Global Gardens purchasing policies.
- Document lesson plans, activities and reflections as required by Program Director.
- Facilitate assessment of program quality, teacher satisfaction, student progress and outcomes.
- Attend weekly staff and teacher meetings and regular trainings during the school year; participate in organizational planning during the summer months.
- Foster and maintain a positive, cooperative and GG-centered work environment in regards to relationships with other GG staff, school staff and the community at large.
- Maintain appropriate work habits, including regular and punctual attendance and appropriate use of conference and planning time.
- Assist with outreach, media relations, donor acknowledgment and other methods of cultivating a positive relationship between Global Gardens and the public.
- Uphold and enforce Global Gardens policies and procedures, as well as school rules and regulations, and model Global Gardens values.
- Bachelor’s degree required, additional education a plus
- Teaching experience a plus, particularly experience with science education
- Commitment to children’s well-being and belief in their ability to impact our world
- Commitment to student-led and inquiry-based education
- Commitment to peaceful and positive conflict resolution
- Ability to work collaboratively with staff and volunteers
- Commitment to organic gardening and sustainability
- Experience with farming and gardening a plus
- Spanish language skills a plus
Classroom and garden working environment
Please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org