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Garden Educator (Full Time) at CommunityGrows - 4214

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Garden Educator (Full Time)
762 Fulton Street San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Job Description: 

The Garden Educator manages the in-school environmental education program at John Muir Elementary, one of our primary Western Addition sites, and is responsible for planning and teaching 8-10 one-hour garden and nutrition education classes a week. The Site Manager will be responsible for managing Koshland Garden and supervising interns and volunteers.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrable track record of working effectively with youth of color in low-income communities, strong classroom management skills, experience in gardening or urban agriculture, and passion for food, social, and environmental justice. The ideal candidate will have a degree in early childhood education, a minimum of one year teaching experience, and a minimum one year managing a farm or garden. The best candidate will have a true love for working with young children.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Program Delivery (35%):

-Plan lessons and curriculum for gardening classes using the Next Generation Science Standards and OST best practices
-During the academic year, teach seven in-school classes at John Muir Elementary School and two to three after-school garden or cooking classes a week during the school year. Teach six to seven classes a week during the summer.
-Develop, organize and coordinate at least one schoolwide gardening activity per academic year
-Co-lead field trips to local farms, gardens, and other sites
-Oversee monthly Salad Day at John Muir Elementary
-Support CommunityGrows general activities and operations, including providing classroom support to our BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) program as needed

Garden Maintenance (25%):

-Oversee garden maintenance at Koshland Garden
-Organize & keep track of tools and garden sheds
-Create garden maintenance schedules
-Coordinate and oversee community gardeners
-Assist in the maintenance and stewardship of partner gardens

Coordination & Relationship Building (20%):

-Schedule garden class schedules with teachers for the fall and spring semesters
-Collaborate with teachers and partners to create dynamic curriculum that suits different age groups
-Provide program and organizational updates to principal and teachers on a timely basis
-Serve as point of contact to the Green Team, the teachers, principal and parents of the school
-Represent ComunityGrows and advocate for the Garden Program at outreach events in the community

Supervision (10%):

-Supervise volunteers, BEETS and interns who assist you in teaching classes and with garden maintenance
-Act as a mentor and co-teacher in BEETS sessions, as needed

Administration (10%)

-Keep accurate attendance records and evaluations of classes and curriculum taught and share results with staff, teachers, and partners
-Input data as needed
-Communicate clearly with all CommunityGrows staff on a weekly basis

Education & Experience: 

Required Qualifications:

-At least 1 year teaching experience, especially with youth ages 5-12
-Experience in urban agriculture, gardening, and/or food education
-Excellent classroom management skills
-Strong relationship building skills and ability to communicate effectively with teachers
-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
-Pass a background check and a TB test prior to start date

Desired Qualifications:

-BA or equivalent experience in early childhood K-5 education, urban agriculture, science, nutrition and health or similar field
-Knowledge and practice of restorative justice principles
-Demonstrated experience in curriculum development, ideally garden based
-Spanish and/or Japanese bilingual
-Experience living and/or working in the Western Addition
-Experience supervising and managing volunteers/interns
-Possession of a valid CA driver’s license
-First aid and CPR certification

Application Instructions: 

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to: Kelly ErnstFriedman, Executive Director,