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.

SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED

  • 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

SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE PREFERRED

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

JOB SEGMENTS:

Teaching

  • 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

Kitchen

  • 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

Garden

  • 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

Email: jobs@kidsclub.org

Fax: 415-445-5463

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