Job Opening: Garden Educator
(30 hours per week, non-exempt part-time/permanent position)
Job Description: Urban Sprouts’ Garden Educator will deliver our core garden-based education curriculum to the students of Aptos Middle School and International Studies Academy, both public schools within the San Francisco Unified School District. The Educator will deliver weekly in-school and after-school classes to middle and high school students—combining environmental science education and nutrition education with hands-on experiences in the school gardens (planting, tending, harvesting, and cooking). The Garden Educator collaborates with Urban Sprouts’ staff and Program Director to build involvement in and commitment to the garden within the school community, which includes teachers, administrators, students, counselors, and other service providers. Position schedule is Monday 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Tuesday 11:00 am-6:00 pm Wednesday 9:00 am-5:00 pm, and Thursday 11:00 am-6:00 pm.
• Deliver 8 garden-based education classes per week.
• Create individual lesson plans to meet the needs of the various grade levels and classroom dynamics.
• Prepare for each lesson by gathering supplies, worksheets, and reviewing each lesson plan.
• Manage the school garden, plan and prepare for garden work activities, manage cropping schedule, prepare for availability of tools and other necessary materials.
• Oversee program expenditures in accordance with program budgets.
• Build and maintain relationships with classroom teachers, school administrators, program partners, and constituents in support of program activities.
• Participate in monthly Urban Sprouts staff meetings, which include professional support, collaborative planning and goal-setting in our offices in San Francisco.
• Complete reporting paperwork.
• Supervise program interns who assist with garden work activities.
• Monitor, document, and report on all activities and extent of student and teacher participation to Program Director.
Required Skills and Experience:
• At least 2-3 years of facilitation or teaching experience with youth aged 11-17; outdoor group management experience preferred.
• Valid California driver license required.
• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations, including youth and adults.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred.
• Capable of working in a fast-paced outdoor environment, and able to lift 25 pounds from floor to table height.
Desired Skills and Experience
• Knowledge and skills in small-scale organic food production or home gardening.
• Knowledge of and/or interest in topics including urban gardening, botany, environmental science, health and nutrition, food systems, food access, nutrition, cooking, urban schools, and social justice.
• Bilingual and/or bi-cultural preferred (desired languages include Spanish, Tagalog, Cantonese).
• Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking skills.
• Strong skills in interpersonal communication, collaboration, and emotional intelligence.
• Ability to work independently, be flexible, strive for excellence, and think creatively.
• Computer and project management skills.
This is a part-time position, working 30 hours per week, $16-20 per hour DOE, and includes vacation and sick leave, health insurance (including medical, dental, vision, and acupuncture/chiropractic), 401(k), including a 50% match after one year of employment, and eligibility for participation in a flexible spending account.
Please send a resume and cover letter with Garden Educator in the subject line via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
The position is now open. We anticipate filling the position in early September.
growing healthy schools and communities through garden-based education