San Francisco: The Edible Schoolyard at Hunters Point seeks Garden Director

20 Apr

Location: San Francisco, California

The Garden Director is responsible for the garden program of The Edible Schoolyard at Hunters Point, located at The Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club.  This includes developing lesson plans, teaching youth ages 6-18, and supervising volunteers and Teen Staff in the day to day operation and maintenance of an interactive teaching garden. He/she is also responsible for being a healthy role-model for Club members and staff. This is a part-time position.  The hours for this position are approximately 11 – 7:30pm, Tues, Wed, and Thurs and may include occasional Saturdays.

The goal of the program is to involve Club members and their families in all aspects of tending the garden – along with preparing, serving, and eating the food – as a way to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables and develop lifelong healthy eating habits.


  • Experience working with underserved youth
  • Organic gardening experience that would enable the planning, planting, cultivation, and sustainability of an organic raised bed garden and small greenhouse


Experience in curriculum development and lesson planning or the willingness to learn



  • Design and teach engaging garden classes for 10-15 youth at a time
  • Address disruptive behavior and implement BGCSF’s positive discipline approach
  • Work with the Club Chef to ensure a comprehensive seed to table education
  • Ensure skill development and an understanding of propagation, planting, seasonality, cultivation, and maintenance of the garden
  • Collaborate with other department directors (art, education, teen services) to integrate garden education Club-wide
  • Establish a youth-run monthly vegetable stand where community members can buy affordable produce
  • Manage recycling and composting program


  • Coordinate snack and summer lunch program with the Club Chef
  • Work with Club Chef to ensure healthy food is served at meetings, events, and fundraisers
  • Help Club Chef maintain a clean and inspiring space in the teaching kitchen


  • Lead and manage propagation, soil fertility, composting, crop rotation, garden planning, pruning, irrigation, pest and disease management
  • Manage the garden at a level of production that ensures ample produce to the kitchen
  • Maintain garden facilities and equipment, including online watering system

Communication and Outreach

  • Recruit an outside youth group to garden at the Club on a consistent basis
  • Ensure an engaging and rewarding experience for volunteers
  • Work with Citywide Director of Health & Fitness to evaluate program
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings and monthly Nutrition Committee meetings
  • Welcome visitors, give interviews and tours, notify Marketing & PR Manager of media visits
  • Stay connected to neighboring school gardens, garden trainings, and urban garden groups.

Supervision and Reporting

  • The Garden Director reports to the Citywide Director of Health & Fitness with a dotted line report to the Program Manager
  • Annual performance evaluations will assess performance and establish goals

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

  • Ability to work with frequent interruption and to simultaneously supervise a variety of tasks
  • Ability to stand, stoop, reach and bend. Mobility of arms to reach, dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate large and small objects
  • Ability to read small print
  • Ability to stand for long periods
  • Ability to walk long distances
  • Ability to lift, push and/or pull objects, which may approximate 50 pounds
  • Ability to work with and in the proximity of, equipment with moving mechanical parts
  • Ability to work outdoors and tolerate varying weather conditions
  • Ability to smell, taste and feel, in order to determine quality of garden vegetables
  • May be required to work around loud noise

Background Check Requirements:

  • Possession of a valid California Drivers License and ability to pass a DMV driver check for insurance purposes
  • Ability to pass a live scan background check with the DOJ/FBI in order to work with youth
  • Ability to pass an education verification check

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Include salary requirements with your resume and cover letter.  Applicants who do not include a salary range will not be considered.

To apply please send / fax a resume and cover letter to:

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco

Human Resources Department


Fax: 415-445-5463

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