School Garden Coordinator
The garden at Hendley Elementary School is still in development. The School Garden Coordinator (SGC) will work with interested teachers to facilitate lessons in the small existing garden space with the support of the WYG Program Manager and Garden Manager. The SGC will organize school staff, parents, and students to develop and maintain the school garden site.
The School Garden Coordinator will be responsible for the following:
- Delivering and co-facilitating garden-based lessons with interested educators
- Planning and overseeing the maintenance and use of the edible school garden beds
- Developing a School Garden Team (Wellness Committee) made up of school staff and parents to implement special garden projects and community/volunteer events; i.e. school garden build days (one in spring and one in fall) and garden markets
- Identifying key staff members and parents that can serve as WYG liaisons after the term of this contract
- Participating in school-wide events as appropriate, such as, staff meetings
- Documenting educational activities through garden logs and photos
- Keeping good record of numbers of students served and number of classes taught and supporting WYG staff in required mid and end of year grant reporting
- Attending mandatory and optional School Garden Coordinator trainings
The Hendley School Garden Coordinator will report directly to the WYG Program Manager.
12 hours per week on Hendley Elementary School site. Occasional visits to the Washington Youth Garden office on the grounds of the US National Arboretum.
A degree in plant science, education or related field or comparable experience; at least two years of teaching experience in a formal or informal learning environments with diverse populations, particularly urban elementary school-aged children; knowledge of basic education principles and approaches; and general knowledge, interest and experience in vegetable gardening. Direct experience with school garden development and garden-based education is a plus. Must be independent, motivated, creative, and possess excellent communication skills.
How to Apply
Please send cover letter, resume and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis with priority for applicants who can begin immediately.
Note Designated funding is secured for this position for a five month period. We expect funding to be secured for the continuation of the position, but cannot provide a guarantee.
No phone calls please.