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Garden & Programs Instructor at Sunflower Hill - 13033

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Garden & Programs Instructor
Sunflower Hill
455 Olivina Avenue
94551 Livermore , CA
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Job Description: 

The Sunflower Hill (SFH) Garden and Programs Instructor is an integral part of the SFH Non-residential Programs team. This role is the primary instructor for the Adult Day and Adult in Transition programs visiting the garden program and the virtual Popcorn Chats program designed to promote social interaction and well-being. This role participates in developing pre-recorded Online Activities and blog articles on a semi-monthly basis. Reporting to the Programs Manager-Non-residential, and in close partnership with the Garden Supervisor, this role will continue to build upon the curriculum. Using the garden and Popcorn Chats as a medium for skill building, program curriculum will provide for a range of educational, therapeutic, and life skill growth for program participants. Additionally, you will work alongside the Garden Supervisor on non-program days to support the upkeep of the space at it supports the success of programmatic goals. One Saturday a month, you will serve as the SFH staff lead, to oversee weekend volunteer efforts in the garden, leading to the overall success and stewardship of our space.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

The essential functions listed below are general examples and not a description of comprehensive duties. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on program needs without changing nature or scope of this position or level of responsibility. May be asked to perform other duties as assigned.
Primary Duties: Programs
Garden Program Instruction: This includes the welcome/lesson time, launch of each class to garden tasks, and conducting closing/snack time with each group.
Task Planning to Support Garden Program Groups: In conjunction with the Garden Supervisor, identify appropriate work tasks and work teams (maintaining participant/staff ratios), providing oversite and task modification in the field as needed to ensure successful work.
Provide on-site management for program volunteers; overseeing shift check in/out, task assignment and group launching.
Curriculum Delivery, Development and preservation: With guidance from the Programs Manager, create lessons, teaching materials, and modifications for garden classes & programs. Specific areas of focus: Educational, Therapeutic, and Life Skills.
On-line/Virtual Curriculum Development and Instruction: regular on-line video instruction and live class elements have become a part of outreach to the community. With the guidance from the Programs Manager plan and provide pre-recorded video lessons/garden updates, and instruct live virtual Popcorn Chats.
Plan and Execute Family Events in the Garden: create themed seasonal events, stations, etc. for both our I/DD participants as well as our larger community. Recruit staff/volunteers/board members to assist on these days.
Effectively communicate scheduling and volunteer requests to PM to ensure proper support.
Assist in the development and interpretation of surveys to assess effectiveness of program curriculum, schedule, etc.
Assist with Garden Program Budget and tracking
Track programmatic data (attendance, 1st time visitors, etc.) for grants reporting, and occasionally assist with writing program specific language for grants.
Maintain open and effective communication with all Programs Team members, meeting regularly to stay on vision and support one another’s programmatic needs.

Secondary Duties: Garden Management
Assist Garden Supervisor with general garden maintenance and upkeep on non-program days.
On occasion, operate motorized equipment to include but not limited to: front loading tractor, BCS walk-behind tractor, power tools, and landscaping equipment.
One Saturday a month act as the SFH staff lead, to oversee weekend volunteer efforts in the garden, leading to the overall success and stewardship of our space.
Act the lead SFH staff member Saturdays a month 8:30am - 12:30pm
General garden support: Provide other input to support the continued development and improvement of Sunflower Hill Gardens and accomplishment of garden work objectives.

Education & Experience: 

Bachelor’s Degree required.

One or more years of teaching experience is required.
Experience working with individuals with Intellectual/Developmental disabilities is preferred.
Experience/knowledge of horticulture is desired.

Licensure and Other Requirements
Valid CA driver’s license and automobile insurance
Ability to pass background check

Knowledge, Skills and Ability
Strong organizational skills
Strong interpersonal and written/oral communication skills.
A flexible, and supportive approach toward working with teams.
Must be a self-starter and have the ability to multi-task and work independently.
Intermediate or higher computer skills: MS Office applications with the ability to learn software as needed for curriculum development.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to lift 25 pounds on a regular basis
Ability to constantly lift, bend stretch and stand during entire shift
Ability to frequently kneel, squat, bend, and stoop, twist and reach overhead with repetitive motions and walking up/down ladders
Ability to perform light gardening duties
Generally, works in a moderately noisy outdoor environment with interruptions while teaching.
Employee is exposed to outdoor weather conditions throughout the year.

Application Instructions: 

Please email a cover letter and resume in a PDF format to

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