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Garden AmeriCorps Member at Willard Middle School - 1275

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Garden AmeriCorps Member
Willard Middle School
Berkeley, CA
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Job 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 2016 to July 2017

About Growing Leaders

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.


$1,500/month living allowance

Symetra health insurance

$5,730 educational award (upon completion)

Loan forbearance (for qualifying student loans)

Childcare assistance (if eligible)

To find out more about the program, visit

Duties & Responsibilities: 

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 income generating model 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.  All the funds raised cycle back into the program to fund next year’s class!

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
U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident

Application Instructions: 

Please send a resume, cover letter and any additional inquiries to Matt Tsang at

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