Middle School Garden Educator
The Middle School Garden Educator plans and implements a program of garden-based instruction for Union 6th/7th Grade Center students during the school year and summer months. The educator is expected to implement a child-centered multi-disciplinary curriculum that adheres to the philosophy, goals and objectives of Global Gardens.
Bachelor’s degree required, additional education a plus
Teaching experience, particularly experience with science education
Gardening experience, particularly organic gardening
Commitment to children’s well-being and belief in their ability to impact the world
Commitment to student-led and inquiry-based education
Commitment to peaceful and positive conflict resolution
Commitment to diversity and inclusion
Ability to work collaboratively with staff and volunteers
Commitment to environmental sustainability
Spanish language skills a plus
Middle School Instruction:
Plan and implement Global Gardens’ middle school program for selected students in grades 6 and/or 7. Offer the program daily Mon-Fri during the school year, with exceptions on holidays and other predetermined, excused days.
Conduct student recruitment and application process, communicate regularly with families, and maintain accurate attendance records.
Design appropriate lessons that incorporate effective teaching strategies, focusing on self-discovery, interpersonal skills, healthy eating, conflict resolution and cultural awareness.
Encourage student enthusiasm for and ownership of the learning process.
Support and manage student events and community projects (e.g., farmers’ markets, fundraisers, garden celebrations, etc.).
Collaborate with other GG team members to deliver summer programs and camps.
Oversee the activities of site-based volunteers, interns and AmeriCorps Members.
Ensure regular upkeep and maintenance of the middle-school student gardens, garden house, shed and chicken coop. Work cooperatively with other GG educators, AmeriCorps members and volunteers to maintain shared garden areas at the Asbury site.
Help ensure that the garden space reflects Global Gardens’ student-led philosophy.
Facilitate site-specific garden work days.
Plan, organize and/or participate in student and family engagement events and activities.
Obtain materials needed for instruction, following Global Gardens’ purchasing policies.
Document lesson plans, activities and reflections as required by Program Director.
Facilitate assessment of program quality, teacher satisfaction, student progress and outcomes.
Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with Union 6th/7th Grade Center administration and staff and with Asbury UMC staff and volunteers.
Attend weekly staff and teacher meetings and regular trainings during the school year; participate in organizational planning during the summer months.
Foster and maintain a positive, cooperative and GG-centered work environment in regards to relationships with other GG staff, school staff and the community at large.
Maintain appropriate work habits, including regular and punctual attendance and appropriate use of conference and planning time.
Assist with outreach, media relations, donor acknowledgment and other methods of cultivating a positive relationship between Global Gardens and the public.
Uphold and enforce Global Gardens policies and procedures, as well as school rules and regulations, and model Global Gardens values.
Position Reports to:
Hours and Salary:
25 hrs/week, $17.30/hr
To Apply for this Job:
Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 23, 2019