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Garden Educator at CommunityGrows - 4106

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Garden Educator
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Job Description: 

About CommunityGrows:

CommunityGrows (CG) co-cultivates healthy youth through growing gardens in low-income, diverse communities. Through outdoor, environmental and nutrition education, we help high-needs youth, especially those living in public housing in San Francisco, develop the confidence, skills and experience to live a healthy life and become leaders in their communities. Each year we engage over 1,300 kids through our garden and cooking programs.
We are a grassroots organization that has served the community for the last 23 years. Cultivation of healthy youth takes time and we continue to build support and solidarity with deep relationships amongst our community partners. CommunityGrows is committed to diversity and equity. Our values include: co-powerment, restorative justice, social justice, food justice, active listening, leadership building, love, compassion, respect, nature, community, resiliency, and peace.

Open Position: Garden Educator

The Garden Educator teaches 9 garden-based classes a week and manages our garden workdays. The ideal candidate will have a degree in early childhood education, a minimum of 1-year teaching experience, and a minimum 1- year managing a farm or garden. We are seeking staff members that have a real love of teaching, gardening, healthy eating and want to work creatively as a part of a passionate team.

Successful candidates will also have a demonstrable track record of working effectively in diverse, low-income communities.

-20 hours a week through June 30th, with the potential to move to full-time with benefits on July 1, 2018.
-Candidate must be available to work Wednesdays from 3:00-5:30pm and Fridays from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Other hours will be between 8 am and 3 pm and are flexible.

-$18-$20 an hour to start.

Start Date:

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Teaching and Mentoring:

-Prepare for and teach 5-6 in-school and 3 after-school environmental education classes a week, focusing on Next Generation Science Standards and OST best practices
-Collaborate with teachers and partners to create dynamic curriculum that suits different age groups
-Provide a safe, secure space for students to share, learn and grow
-Work with teachers and community partners to set up garden class schedules
-Keep accurate attendance records and evaluations of classes and curriculum taught and share results with teachers
-Supervise volunteers and BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) who assist you in teaching classes and with garden maintenance
-Model positive and proactive attitudes, behaviors and language with students

Partnership Development and Collaboration:

-Serve as an effective spokesperson for CG representing the programs’ values to all partners and the general public.
Maintain positive relationships with parents, families, students and school faculty/staff.
-Represent CG in meetings with partners, residential councils, community members and the Tides Center.
-Assist ED in establishing collaborative relationships within the community and provide outreach to community -based partners, local government, local schools, community colleges, universities, and other agencies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Education & Experience: 

Required Qualifications:

-At least one (1) year teaching experience, especially with youth ages 5-12.
-At least one (1) year experience managing a farm or garden.
-Excellent classroom management skills.
-Significant experience working in multicultural communities of color.
-Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently and take initiative.
-Good writing skills and computer proficiency.
-Strong collaboration, mediation, and team-building skills.
-Familiarity with theories of environmental justice; knowledge of environmental principles and issues.

Desired Qualifications
-BA in Early Childhood K-5 Education or similar field
-Demonstrated experience in curriculum development
-Spanish and/or Japanese Bi-lingual
-Experience living and/or working in the Western Addition.
-Experience supervising and managing volunteers/interns
-Program or project management experience

Physical Demands:
-Able to navigate multiple sets of steps
-Bend, stoop, kneel, sit and/or stand for extended periods of time
-Able to lift up to 50 lbs.

Work Environment:

-Must be able to navigate local travel
-Must be able to work outdoors in different and sometimes inclement weather conditions
-Must be able to teach in a garden setting, which may be dusty or dirty, or have slippery surfaces

Application Instructions: 

Please send a resume and cover letter to Kelly ErnstFriedman,

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