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Full-Time Garden Educator at Schoolyard Roots - 13941

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Full-Time Garden Educator
Schoolyard Roots
2709 8th Street
35401 Tuscaloosa , AL ,
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Job Description: 

Schoolyard Roots (SYR) is seeking a Garden Educator to implement educational programs . The ideal candidate will have
experience teaching elementary-age students, a knowledge of organic vegetable gardening, and a proven record of
program administration. The Garden Educator’s main role is to teach standards-based garden lessons at our partner
schools. They will also be responsible for class preparation, contributing to lesson planning and curriculum development,
garden planning and maintenance, and collaborating with the Schoolyard Roots team and their partner schools to
deliver an outstanding garden education program.

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Duties & Responsibilities: 

-Teach weekly garden-based lessons to K-5th graders at 3-4 of SYR’s partner schools (approximately 28
classrooms per week), using SYR’s curriculum and adding additional lessons, as needed and as agreed upon by
SYR’s leadership.
• Create a safe, structured and warm learning environment for all students modeling respect and curiosity for
• Work together with partner school teachers and principals to set semester schedule and expectations for garden
• Prepare for lessons including reflecting on and trouble-shooting the lesson plans, creating and/or organizing
lesson materials, and communicating with partner school teachers about lesson responsibilities.
• Maintain our partner school gardens as a point of pride for the school and a place of beauty, diversity, and
creativity for students, staff and families.
• Work with the school staff to incorporate the garden as part of the school’s culture.
• Develop community buy-in at SYR’s partner schools, including building relationships with school staff and
families and creating excitement about the garden program.
• Manage crop rotations, planting, harvesting, weeding, fertilizing, pest management, irrigation, seed-saving, and
other garden-maintenance related activities in partner school gardens and maintain accurate records of garden
• Work with the SYR leadership to manage SYR fellows, University of Alabama students and volunteers to achieve
mission goals.
• Develop and maintain relationships with community organizations and educational institutions in support of
program goals.
• Collaborate with the SYR Education Team in curriculum development and program implementation.
• Where possible, record student testimonials and take picture documentations of lessons in action.
• Model respect and curiosity for learning.
• Attend regular SYR Education Team and All-Staff Meetings.
• Maintain consistent and constructive communication with SYR team and partner schools; arrive at work on time
and prepared for the day and provide sufficient notice of changes in schedule.
• Act as an ambassador of SYR in the gardens, at our partner schools, and in the community.
• When appropriate, assist with SYR special events and volunteer days including being available for some evenings
and some weekends (though rare).
• When appropriate, assist with SYR special projects.
• Participate in regular check-ins with SYR leadership to establish goals and review performance.

Education & Experience: 

-Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Education, Science or a related field OR 4 years of experience in education OR
comparable experience.
• Experience working with elementary aged students required.
• 1-2 years of work experience including teaching and program planning and implementation.
• Strong enthusiasm for experiential, sensory education, with an emphasis on garden-based, outdoor education
• Experience working with students from varying socio-economic backgrounds, including students from
historically marginalized communities.
• Experience growing and managing organic vegetable gardens.
• Working knowledge of basic computer programs including Office 365.

Application Instructions: 

Interested applicants can send a cover letter and resume to . Application closes Nov. 11, 2021.

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