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“I hope that we can change the world!” – Jacenta, 4th grade

Current Opening:

 

 

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:

During-school Instruction:

  • 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.

 

After-school/Summer Instruction:

  • 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.

 

Garden Responsibilities:

  • 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.

 

Other Responsibilities:

  • 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.

 

Qualifications:

  • 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

 

Working Environment:

Classroom and garden working environment

Please email your resume and cover letter to symon@global-gardens.org

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