Job: Assistant Garden Teacher – The Edible Schoolyard, Berkeley, CA

Position Description: The Assistant Garden Teacher supports the Garden Manager/Teacher in all aspects of the Edible Schoolyard (ESY) program, assists in the leadership of daily garden classes for 6th through 8th grade students, participates in lesson and garden planning, and works with the ESY garden team to maintain our one-acre organic garden.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Teaching
  • Assist Garden Manager/Teacher in leadership of daily garden classes.
  • Guide students through all aspects of garden propagation, planting, cultivation, and general maintenance.
  • Mentor individual students in and out of class, model respect and curiosity for learning, and encourage students’ interests and talents.
  • Participate in the development of garden lessons that are integrated into a standards-based curriculum.
Garden Care
  • Participate in maintaining garden facilities, caring for equipment, garden planning, pruning, irrigation, pest and disease management, small-scale chicken husbandry, and general greenhouse tasks.
  • Share the responsibility of caring for the summer garden.
Communication, Leadership, and Outreach
  • Cultivate communication and relationships with ESY staff, King teachers, and administrative staff, as well as the extended community of parents, neighbors, school garden educators, and potential ESY affiliates.
  • Assist in orientation, training, and supervision of AmeriCorps members, interns, and volunteers.
  • Participate in ESY, community, and school-wide events.
  • Participate in the planning and leadership of ESY summer academies.
Supervision and Reporting
  • The Assistant Garden Teacher reports to the Garden Manager/Teacher and collaborates with the entire ESY staff.
Qualifications
  • A minimum of 3 years experience teaching youth.
  • A minimum of 3 years experience with organic gardening and a desire to keep learning.
  • Bilinguality is a plus.
  • A sense of humor is a must.
  • Experience with basic computer programs and writing is required.
  • An ability to work outdoors in a physically demanding environment.
Application deadline: May 3rd, 2010;  Start date: August 23rd, 2010 To apply, Please email letter of interest and resume with subject ‘Assistant Garden Teacher’ to shaina@edibleschoolyard.org.

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