School Garden Coordinator and Educator
The School Garden Coordinator (SGC) works closely with the Forest Grove School District (FGSD)
to develop and deliver school gardens and school garden curriculum and programming. The
garden coordinator works closely with teachers to implement learning opportunities (such as
in-class lessons, field trips, and lunch programs) that are age, development, and culturally
relevant and appropriate, as well as Common Core/NGSS/STEAM aligned. The SGC is responsible
for maintaining and developing school gardens in line with each school’s unique needs and
vision, supporting and providing resources for teachers, and working to increase accessibility
and quality of garden-based programs district-wide. This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position.
EdenAcres and FGSD value diversity and serve a community with a high percentage of Spanish
speaking and ESL families. Several of our elementary schools are bilingual schools where the
entire school speaks English and Spanish on alternating days. Spanish language is highly
preferred for this position.
Garden development and maintenance (5-10 hours/week)
Work with k-12 teachers and the FGSD facilities team to develop and implement a garden maintenance and development plan.
Collaborate with community and schools to design and develop learning garden classrooms
Implement projects which enhance the physical space and increase accessibility and learning opportunities
Write grants and manage donations to develop school garden projects
Ensure continual safety of spaces and ensure any schools participating in tastings adhere to ODE Farm to School garden safety guidelines
Supervision and volunteer development (5-10 hours/week)
Manage and train 2-3 Pacific University Work Study students in assisting with garden maintenance and garden-based programming
Organize work parties and lead volunteer teams
Advertise volunteer opportunities through email, online platforms, and informational flyers
Work to involve families and community groups in garden events, summer programming, and development
Direct Instruction: (10-15 hours/ week)
Deliver garden and outdoor-based lessons to classes k-4
Coordinate field trip and community engagement opportunitiesImplement and support weekly garden Lunch and Recess Programming at each participating school
Curriculum and Professional Development: (2-5 hours/ week)
Assist and support teachers in developing age and culturally appropriate, place-based Common Core/NGSS/STEAM aligned garden-based curriculum
Organize and lead monthly Garden Education Meetings for teachers and community members
Connect teachers to local resources and support for garden education
General Responsibilities: (2 hours/ week)
Maintain regular contact with EdenAcres about all activities.
Record hours, activities, and results.
Track number of teachers, students, and student-hours. Take pictures and ask for photo releases.
Track expenses and maintain budget.
Implement program evaluation
Update social media for program
Generate end of year report of the program for the FGSD and EdenAcres
Required Skills & Characteristics:
Excellent organizational skills and ability to coordinate groups of diverse participants
Experience in managing people
Experience in evaluation
Resourceful, with strong problem-solving skills
Delegate tasks successfully
Passion for outdoor and experiential education
Experience working with children/youth ranging from k-12
Gardening and design skills/Permaculture
Understanding of public school settings
Background in administration
Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred
How to apply:
Send your resume and cover letter to email@example.com
The application period will close at 5pm on Friday, July 3rd.