RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to: Teaching, Lesson Development, and Documentation
- Design and conduct daily garden and/or kitchen classes
- Guide students through propagation, planting, cultivation, and maintenance of the garden
- Organize, set up, and break down all garden lessons
- Mentor individual students in and out of class, model respect, curiosity for learning and encourage students’ interests and talents
- 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
- Create garden, nutrition, garden to plate, and food literacy based lessons and activities that are integrated into classroom teaching and the MUSE standards, specifically science and math
- Maintain a yearly list of garden highlights to contribute to annual reporting and history section of website
- Participate in ongoing documentation of children’s projects through photographs, transcriptions of children’s words, and display panels
- Support the Reggio Emilia philosophy of the school
- Manage propagation and greenhouse work, soil fertility, composting, crop rotation, garden planning, pruning, irrigation, organic pest and disease control, and animal husbandry
- Ensure and oversee planting, cultivation, and maintenance of children’s and production gardens
- Manage the gardens at a level of production that ensures as much produce as possible for the MUSE cafeteria
- Coordinate weekly with MUSE chef for vegetable contributions to school lunch and snacks
- Maintain garden maps and harvest sheets
- Oversee seed ordering, soliciting seed donations, and organization of seed library
- Manage maintenance of garden facilities and equipment
- Coordinate and manage volunteers as needed
Communication and Outreach
- Uphold and model values that are consistent with the mission, vision, beliefs and values of MUSE School
- Represent MUSE Garden program to the wider community to include public speaking, attendance and/or participation in related meetings or conferences
- Maintain healthy relationships with MUSE staff, as well as the extended community of parents, neighbors, and other school garden educators
- Stay abreast of MUSE events and activities; be an active presence in the school community
- Participate in MUSE staff meetings and program development meetings
- Maintain awareness of school, individual, and media visits
- Liaise with MUSE teachers regarding curriculum and lesson planning, including follow up
- Oversee organization of MUSE Garden workdays
- Communicate regularly with MUSE staff
- Attend weekly staff meetings and any other meetings as appropriate
- Report to Head of School and work closely with the Executive Chef
- Facilitate regular kitchen staff meetings to identify and prioritize kitchen maintenance, class preparation, and other relevant tasks as related to the garden program
- Serve as a liaison between the garden and local farmers, surrounding community, and MUSE Garden Program
- Maintain a working knowledge of the garden budget and budget management
- Prepare all documentation and maintain required records
- Work closely with MUSE staff in the ongoing evolution of garden program goals
- Assist Grant Writing team as needed
- Perform other related duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree
- 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).
- 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.
- Excellent understanding of math and science (technology would be a BIG PLUS as well), including ways to teach science and math standards as it can be incorporated through this venue of seed to table and other garden lessons.
- Working knowledge of chicken and goat care.
- Highly creative with a flexible approach to teaching.
- Ability to organize work and to function independently.
- Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work with children and staff from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
- Excellent written & oral communication skills (Bilingualism & grant writing a plus).
- Self-starter and motivated to help design and implement an innovative garden program.
- Experience managing a budget.
- An ability to work outdoors in a physically demanding environment.
- Highly organized and able to manage multiple responsibilities.
- Excellent computer literacy.
- Experience with bee keeping and/or minor carpentry skills a plus.
TO APPLY: Please email a cover letter detailing your interest in this position and a current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org; subject: MUSE School.