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Intensive Garden Program Educator at The Heal Project - 13117

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Intensive Garden Program Educator
The Heal Project
498 Kelly Ave
94019 Half Moon Bay , CA
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Job Description: 

The HEAL Project (THP) is a unique organization providing hands-on programming that instills healthy lifestyle habits in elementary school children while inspiring environmental and agricultural awareness through a comprehensive, interactive curriculum.
THP teaches kids where their food comes from and why it matters.

Position: El Granada Elementary School Intensive Garden Program Educator
Reports to: Programs Manager
Position Type: Part-Time Irregular, 10-15 hours per week instruction/programming to planning time is approximately 1:1
Compensation: $17-$18 per hour DOE with $2/hour pay differential for bilingual-level fluency in both English and Spanish
Position open until filled

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Job summary
This part-time, position will be responsible for the following:
Running a gardening program for 2nd & 3rd grade students two to three mornings per week during the school year at El Granada Elementary school
Leading and preparing lessons using existing THP curricula, developing additional lessons as needed. THP curricula reinforces NGSS and Common Core Standards
Additional hours in Spring are dedicated to leading Garden Club during lunch recess for 4th & 5th grade students
Leading compost programming that includes two touch points with individual or grouped classes for grades 3rd through 5th.

Garden Instruction
Deliver nutrition and agricultural instruction following THP curriculum, obtain and prepare materials, and foster a vital, pleasant, and safe learning environment for students and program participants
Lead students in seasonal cooking activities, demonstrations, and tastings
Lead students in gardening activities including planting, weeding, harvesting, composting and walking field trips to a local farm

Compost Education
Coordinate with teachers to schedule composting lessons in the Fall and in the Spring
Adapt current composting lessons to adapt to the El Granada school site
Make purchases to set up and maintain the compost system at the school site.

Administrative Tasks
Participate in THP staff meetings and trainings
Actively contribute to social media, write updates for school and THP newsletters as assigned
Maintain THP’s routine records, tracking, evaluation, and reporting
Find ways to build relationships with the El Granada school community

Special Events/Additional Tasks
Available for occasional Saturday work leading volunteer groups or filling in at the THP Farmers’ Market booth
Assist with volunteering and fundraising events
Be available to attend school events that would promote our programming school wide

Education & Experience: 

No experience is required but preferred experience and qualities include:
Experience and enthusiasm for leading groups of elementary students in a garden setting
An understanding of agriculture and the ability to communicate these concepts in a fun and engaging ways
Strong group management skills
Comfort and confidence working independently and with a small team
Creativity, flexibility, and willingness to learn and share ideas
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
Familiarity with Google Drive
Proficiency in Spanish

Additionally the El Granada Intensive Garden Program Educator:
Will comply with organizational tenets as outlined in THP Employee Handbook and CUSD campus policies
Will utilize computer to maintain tracking and routine communication
Will utilize own vehicle if assigned to get to THP sites/activities; provide proof of driver’s license and insurance
Will meet physical requirements: can walk up to two miles and able to lift and carry 40 lbs for 20 feet
Must pass fingerprinting and DOJ background check and TB test.
Will complete First Aid Training within six months of hire.

Application Instructions: 

How to apply: Please send resume and cover letter to
Position open until filled

The HEAL Project is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Equal opportunity is given to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a covered veteran, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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