CitySprouts hiring Garden Coordinator

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Seasonal: April 1 – Nov. 30

40 hrs/week Start Date: July 21, 2014

Reports to Program Director

Base $17

Resume, cover letter and 2 references to Jane Hirschi,  jhirschi@citysprouts.org      Closing date: June 6th 2014

CitySprouts is a nonprofit school garden organization that partners with public schools in Boston and Cambridge to integrate academic and environmental education in the schools and neighborhood. CitySprouts provides its partner 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 in Cambridge, a summer internship program for youth ages 11-13.

The Garden Coordinator is a seasonal position, spring through fall. The Garden Coordinator maintains the physical space, supports teachers’ use of the garden for teaching during the school year, and leads one section of the 8-week summer youth internship program.

Job Responsibilities

Maintain schools’ outdoor classroom gardens as an educational resource for teachers and the school community

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

–  ensure that teachers and other community members have access to the school garden resources

Encourage & support teachers’ use of the CitySprouts garden for instruction

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

–  coordinate use of the growing space for teachers, school staff and community partners, ensuring that children at all grade levels have access to garden experience

–  provide technical support to teachers as they develop garden-based extensions to classroom lessons and units

–  document teachers’ garden use at each school

Develop team approach to four partner schools

–  coordinate service to each school partner to maximize support to teachers, out-of-school time opportunities for children and youth

Lead teams of middle school youth in CitySprouts summer program

–  teach gardening  and cooking skills and environmental science to school-based teams of youth in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades

–  mentor a college student intern in CitySprouts summer program, helping him or her develop garden educator and leadership skills

The Garden Coordinator is responsible for four school partners, allocating approximately 8 hours/week to each school with additional time each week for team projects.

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
  • Experience managing staff or mentoring interns and volunteers
  • Working knowledge of organic gardening practices
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to do physical work outside
  • Access to a car or truck for occasional use
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