RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:
Teaching, Lesson Development, and Documentation
v Design and conduct daily garden and/or kitchen classes
v Guide students through propagation, planting, cultivation, and maintenance of the garden
v Organize, set up, and break down all garden lessons
v Mentor individual students in and out of class, model respect, curiosity for learning and encourage students’ interests and talents
v Coordinate informal education opportunities including: assemblies that highlight the project, noontime work days in the garden with snacking/simple cooking, parent education, garden work days, field trips, and cooking events
v Create garden, nutrition, garden to plate, and food literacy based lessons and activities that are integrated into classroom teaching and the MUSE standards
v Maintain a yearly list of garden highlights to contribute to annual reporting and history section of website
v Participate in ongoing documentation of children’s projects through photographs, transcriptions of children’s words, and display panels
v Support the Reggio Emilia philosophy of the school
v Manage propagation and greenhouse work, soil fertility, composting, crop rotation, garden planning, pruning, irrigation, organic pest and disease control, and animal husbandry
v Ensure and oversee planting, cultivation, and maintenance of children’s and production gardens
v Manage the gardens at a level of production that ensures as much produce as possible for the MUSE cafeteria
v Coordinate weekly with MUSE chef for vegetable contributions to school lunch and snacks
v Maintain garden maps and harvest sheets
v Oversee seed ordering, soliciting seed donations, and organization of seed library
v Manage maintenance of garden facilities and equipment
v Coordinate and manage volunteers as needed
Communication and Outreach
v Uphold and model values that are consistent with the mission, vision, beliefs and values of MUSE School
v Represent MUSE Garden program to the wider community to include public speaking, attendance and/or participation in related meetings or conferences
v Maintain healthy relationships with MUSE staff, as well as the extended community of parents, neighbors, and other school garden educators
v Stay abreast of MUSE events and activities; be an active presence in the school community
v Participate in MUSE staff meetings and program development meetings
v Maintain awareness of school, individual, and media visits
v Liaise with MUSE teachers regarding curriculum and lesson planning, including follow up
v Oversee organization of MUSE Garden workdays
v Communicate regularly with MUSE staff
v Attend weekly staff meetings and any other meetings as appropriate
v Report to Head of School and work closely with the Executive Chef
v Facilitate regular kitchen staff meetings to identify and prioritize kitchen maintenance, class preparation, and other relevant tasks as related to the garden program
v Serve as a liaison between the garden and local farmers, surrounding community, and MUSE Garden Program
v Maintain a working knowledge of the garden budget and budget management
v Prepare all documentation and maintain required records
v Work closely with MUSE staff in the ongoing evolution of garden program goals
v Assist Grant Writing team as needed
v Perform other related duties as assigned
v Bachelor’s degree
v A minimum of 2 years experience teaching youth (ages 3-11), including a familiarity with the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Ability to supervise and engage preK-5th grade students in a kitchen and garden setting. Inspired to create food and garden based lessons/activities (experience developing curricula a plus).
v A minimum of 3 years experience with organic gardening/farming, organic horticulture, permaculture, or equivalent. Ability to care for a diverse array of plantings including annuals and perennials, food and native plants.
v Working knowledge of chicken and goat care.
v Highly creative with a flexible approach to teaching.
v Ability to organize work and to function independently.
v Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work with children and staff from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
v Excellent written & oral communication skills (Bilingualism & grant writing a plus).
v Self-starter and motivated to help design and implement an innovative garden program.
v Experience managing a budget.
v An ability to work outdoors in a physically demanding environment.
v Highly organized and able to manage multiple responsibilities.
v Excellent computer literacy.
v Experience with bee keeping and/or minor carpentry skills a plus.
Salary: $18-25 per hour (Based on experience)
Hours: Full time
Location: MUSE School- Malibu Canyon, CA
Start Date: early July
TO APPLY: Please email a cover letter detailing your interest in this position and a current resume toresumes@MuseSchool.org; subject: GEM position
Application Deadline: June 3, 2011