Massachusetts: CitySprouts seeks Garden Coordinator

29 Mar

CitySprouts Garden Coordinator Position Open

PTE $18

Seasonal: April 1 – Nov. 30

30 hours/week

Start Date: April 18 – 25 2011

Reports to: Education and Outreach Coordinator

Position closes Sunday April 3rd, Interviews Friday April 8th

CitySprouts is a nonprofit school garden organization that partners with public schools to integrate academic and environmental education in the schools and neighborhood. CitySprouts provides all 12 of Cambridge Public Schools K-8th grade schools with on-site gardens that function as outdoor classrooms; on-going maintenance and development of these outdoor classroom gardens; support to teachers in integrating their classroom curricula outside to the school garden; and a summer internship program for youth ages 11-14.

The Garden Coordinator is a seasonal position, working during the growing season. The Garden Coordinator maintains the physical space, supports teachers’ use of the garden for teaching during the school year, and in the summer is a team leader in the summer youth program.

The schedule for this position is Monday (8:30 – 5:30), Tuesday (7:30 – 4:30), Wednesday (7:30 – 4:30), and Thursday (10 – 3).  The summer schedule is a slight variation of this schedule.   The schools you will work in are located in West and North Cambridge.

Qualifications

  • Experience teaching children in a public school setting, preferably outdoor education
  • Experience working with middle school-aged youth
  • Experience managing a food-growing garden
  • Working knowledge of organic gardening practices
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to do physical work outside, including lifting up to 50lbs.
  • Access to a car or truck for occasional use

Job Responsibilities

Oversee the maintenance of public school outdoor classroom gardens

–  use best practices of organic garden care

–  maintain an attractive & functional garden space with a variety of edible crops, flowers, native species, and specialty plants throughout the growing season

Support teachers’ use of the CitySprouts garden as an outdoor classroom garden

–  provide technical support to teachers in gardening, outdoor exploration and food production

–  lead classes in planting the garden or related classroom projects

–  serve as the garden “expert” to the school community

Lead teams of middle school youth in CitySprouts summer program

–  teach gardening skills, and in particular food production skills, harvesting and cooking skills, and civic engagement & leadership skills to school-based teams of youth in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

Garden Coordinators are assigned to two or three schools (20 or 30 hours/week) during the growing season. Garden Coordinators spend 8 hours/week in each of their schools, with additional time each week allocated for team projects. CitySprouts staff work closely as a team to ensure that the entire school community has access to the CitySprouts school garden as a learning resource. Garden coordinators work closely with the Outreach & Education Coordinator in implementing the Teacher Support Plan for each school. The Program Manager recruits and coordinates volunteers to help maintain CitySprouts gardens across the district, and Garden Coordinators communicate specific and on-going maintenance needs for the gardens they oversee. Garden Coordinators represent CitySprouts in the schools; the CitySprouts team relies on Garden Coordinators to facilitate clear channels of communication between the organization and the school community.

Please send resume and cover letter to fslater@citysprouts.org

 

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