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Bay Farm School Grade 4-Middle School Garden Educator and Garden Caretaker Position at Bay Farm School - 6286

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Bay Farm School Grade 4-Middle School Garden Educator and Garden Caretaker Position
Bay Farm School
200 Aughinbaugh Way
Alameda, CA 94502
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Job Description: 

Teach weekly garden classes for fourth and fifth-grade students and a weekly garden club for
middle school students. Lead seasonal garden planning, implementation, and maintenance of the
teaching gardens in Bay farm’s Outdoor Learning Center. Represent the garden program at
Parent Teacher Student Association meetings and within the larger Bay Farm community.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

- Develop and implement a continually evolving curriculum for weekly garden
classes that is ecologically minded, supports classroom curriculum, and maintains
relevance for fourth and fifth-grade students’ interests and cultural backgrounds.
- Facilitate a weekly middle school club meeting with garden activities.
- Facilitate hands-on experience with propagation, planting, and cultivating the
- Focus classes on cooking with garden produce and exploring the garden and Bay
Farm ecosystem.
- Use progressive classroom management techniques that allows for all students to
feel safe and engaged.
- Model respect and curiosity for learning, and encourage students’ interests,
talents, and healthy risk-taking.

Garden Maintenance:
- Do propagation and greenhouse work, manage soil fertility, maintain compost,
plan seasonal gardens and crop rotation, prune perennials, maintain irrigation, and
manage pests and plant diseases.
- Work with K-3 Teacher to ensure that food is available for a year-round cooking
schedule. Bring in new and exciting edible plants to teach diversity and
- Maintain teaching gardens that maximize the space as a food source, learning
environment, and beautiful component of the overall campus.
- Work in Alameda’s Pollinator Garden on campus, maintaining existing species
and introducing new species that attract birds, bees, and moths year-round.
- Continually evolve and grow the garden in ways that fosters students’
- Secure all needed supplies and necessary materials, including compost, organic
soil amendments, seeds, and wood.
- Maintain and repair Outdoor Learning Center garden areas so they are safe and
usable for students.
- Coordinate with AUSD Facilities department as necessary.
- Maintain tools and equipment.

Education & Experience: 

Ideal candidate has:
- Experience with teaching developmentally and culturally diverse 4th, 5th, and middle
school students.
- Experience in horticulture, ecology, and maintaining edible gardens.
- An enthusiastic, outgoing, and flexible personality.
- Speaking multiple languages is a plus.

Application Instructions: 

Position is open until filled, please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter to:
Jim Cartan, former lead Garden Educator, at
Please include “Garden Educator” and the grade levels in the title of your email.

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