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Americorps Garden Teacher at Growing Leader, Willard Middle School - 6970

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Americorps Garden Teacher
Growing Leader, Willard Middle School
Berkeley, CA 94705
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Growing Leaders - Willard Middle School, Berkeley, CA

Position Description

BAYAC AmeriCorps collaborates with over 40 community service organizations to serve youth and families in all 6 counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of AmeriCorps, a federally funded national and community service program, BAYAC Members commit to a full-time (40 hours/week) year of service in the Bay Area's most high-need communities, working to provide youth with opportunities for meaningful engagement, skill building, and emotional and social development.

The AmeriCorps member will co-teach alongside a full time garden instructor and two cooking staff. S/he will be responsible for day-to-day maintenance of the garden, and will work with students in small to medium sized groups, leading them through gardening activities such as watering, weeding, harvesting, outdoor cooking, etc.

This term will run from August 21, 2019 to July 15, 2020

$1,430 /month living stipend (pre-tax)
Health insurance
$10,000 educational award (upon completion)
Loan forbearance (for qualifying student loans)
Childcare assistance (if eligible)

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Our mission at Growing Leaders is to use the garden and kitchen as tools to nourish college and career readiness and professional development for young people. Our gardening and cooking programs at Willard Middle School include 6th grade gardening and cooking classes, a 7th and 8th grade business elective, after school class, and a teen summer employment program.
The AmeriCorps member will assist with:

6th grade cooking and gardening: 6th grade classes alternate time in the garden and kitchen, learning about seasonality, nutrition, ecology, food systems, and how to make responsible food choices. Garden teachers lead groups of 8 to 10 students working or cooking in the garden.
The Growing Leaders 7th and 8th grade business elective is an innovative new job skills program in which students grow, cook, and sell bimonthly meals to the community and general public. They get hands-on experience in all aspects of running a small business--from product development and pricing, to marketing.

To find out more about the program, visit

Additional roles and responsibilities include:
Designing and teaching a once-a-week after-school gardening class
Participating in propagation and greenhouse work, soil fertility, composting, crop rotation, garden planning, pruning, irrigation, pest and disease management, and animal husbandry
Weekly meetings with garden staff to identify and prioritize garden work, class preparation, and other relevant tasks
Assisting with special events at Willard Middle School, such as Back to School Night and Family Math Night, Spring Day etc.
Maintaining healthy relationships with Willard teachers and administrative staff, students, parents, neighbors, and school garden and kitchen educators
Evaluate student performance and progress

Education & Experience: 

Experience working with youth
Experience with organic gardening
Comfortable with cooking for large groups
Ability to work outdoors in a physically demanding environment
Experience working with diverse families and communities
Effective verbal and written communication
Basic computer skills
Open to learning and growing as a youth worker
Flexibility and an ability to reflect and improve
Willingness and ability to take initiative
Ability to work full time (Mon-Fri, likely 8:30 - 4:30) and attend weekly team days

Application Instructions: 

To Apply:
Send a resume, cover letter and any additional inquiries to Ellen McClure at

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