The Garden School Foundation Garden Coordinator oversees all aspects of the Seed to Table garden education program at two GSF elementary school garden classrooms; conducts daily garden classes to highest standards, and guides Garden Interns and volunteers in day-to-day operations and maintenance. The Garden Coordinator will work directly with the Executive Director, the Program Manager and other GSF staff and volunteers to coordinate all tasks.
The Garden School Foundation is dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary program of education through garden-based learning in outdoor living classrooms. Turning asphalt into ecosystems, we teach standards-based lessons and cooking classes in garden classrooms and provide educators the tools they need to make school gardens thrive.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Lead daily garden-based classes on subjects ranging from Science to Math to Social Studies as well as other educational garden games and activities.
- Lead daily garden based cooking and nutrition classes, harvesting fresh produce and
- Maintain and develop GSF curriculum literature and database.
- Prepare and maintain all teaching materials such as posters, bug-collecting supplies, science projects etc.
- Conduct teacher trainings in the Seed to Table curriculum.
- Work together with classroom teachers to coordinate schedules for cooking and gardening programs
- Be the direct liaison between School staff and parent community, ensuring communication about all GSF events and programs.
- Work with Garden Interns to train and develop their skills as GSF garden teachers
- Manage the day-to-day relationships with interns, volunteers and partner programs
- Maintain all supplies and literature needed to support the garden program
- Help plan and conduct program and internal evaluation if necessary
- Tend to all garden beds and growing areas; staying on top of scheduled planting and harvesting, soil amending, organic pest control, etc.
- Maintain the inside and outside of the garden classroom to ensure the facility is clean, safe, and welcoming
- Keep all classroom and teaching supplies stocked, accounted for, and in working order
- Alert supervisor of any facilities or maintenance problems or concerns
Communication and Fundraising
- Write occasional blog posts, updating the online community with current classroom themes and experiences
- Coordinate photo documentation of classes; download and maintain photo files
- Assist with fundraising, GSF and partner events as they arise
- Attend all necessary GSF staff, training and development meetings
- Liaise with partner organizations to support GSF’s efforts to support the communities we serve
- Solicit donations
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE HAS:
- A sincere appreciation for work in environmental education, project-based garden education and commitment to local food and the Seed to Table philosophy
- Strong ability to take initiative – is a self-starter
- 1+ years experience teaching in classroom or outdoor education setting
- Knowledge of organic gardening, environmental science and California’s growing seasons
- Strong collaborative experience
- An unyieldingly positive attitude
- Artistic abilities
- Creative problem solving skills
- Ability to work and multi-task within the school environment
- Enthusiasm for working with elementary aged youth and ability to establish healthy relationships with students and families from varying economic and cultural backgrounds
- Some knowledge of Spanish language (preferred)
- Ability to lift 50 pounds and be willing to get dirty!
Duration and Compensation
This position is a year-round, full-time position. Compensation package includes salary, health benefits and paid vacation. This position begins August 1st, 2013.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume with “Garden Coordinator” in the subject heading to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until June 15th, 2013.