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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Garden Teacher Job at Urban Sprouts (SF)

Hello Friends,

Urban Sprouts is hiring for two positions: a Garden Educator for our middle school programs and a Parent Leadership Coordinator to strengthen parent involvement in our school gardens. See below for details.
Please distribute widely and encourage folks to apply!
Thank you,


Job Opening:


What is Urban Sprouts?
Urban Sprouts is a school garden program that serves low-income youth from San Francisco’s under-served neighborhoods. We teach youth to grow, harvest, prepare and eat vegetables from the school garden in order to help youth become more engaged in school, eat better, exercise more, and connect with the environment and each other.

Urban Sprouts uses garden-based education to:
• Improve students' learning in science and their ecoliteracy (environmental awareness and responsibility)
• Improve students' nutrition and physical fitness
• Promote youth development
• Support under-served youth and teachers in urban middle and high schools
• Build community involvement within urban schools.

Each year we work with over 350 youth at four San Francisco public schools: Small Middle School for Equity (formerly Luther Burbank), Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, June Jordan School for Equity and Ida B. Wells Continuation High School.

Job Description
Urban Sprouts’ Garden Educators facilitate our core garden-based education curriculum. The Educator will facilitate middle school science classes, combining environmental science education, nutrition education, hands-on experiences in the school garden (planting, tending, harvesting and cooking), and youth development principles. The Garden Educator co-teaches with the classroom teacher and mentors the teacher in outdoor classroom management techniques. The Garden Educator uses an organizing approach to build involvement in and commitment to the school garden within the school community, including teachers, administrators, students and parents (collaborating with the Parent Leadership Coordinator). The Garden Educator will also support a group of student leaders to create a school-wide action project around an issue of their choice, such as recycling, school nutrition, or food systems/access.

Job Responsibilities
· Facilitate 2-3 garden-based education classes per day two days each week;
· Prepare for each lesson by gathering supplies, worksheets, and reviewing each lesson plan;
· Manage the school garden, plan and prepare for garden work activities, manage cropping schedule, prepare for availability of tools and other necessary materials.
· Participate in biweekly staff meetings, which include professional support, collaborative curriculum planning, and completing reporting paperwork.
· Coordinate Garden Party Work Days in collaboration with the Parent Leadership Coordinator. Garden Party Work Days bring students, families, teachers and community members together to work and celebrate in the garden on a Saturday.
· Coordinate school-wide events such as Salad Days, in which students prepare and serve garden-grown salad for the entire school at lunch.
· Supervise classroom volunteers who assist with garden work activities.
· Meet with each teacher on a monthly basis for assessment and coaching.
· Monitor, document and report on all activities and extent of student and teacher participation to Executive Director.

Desired Skills and Experience
· At least 2-3 years of facilitation or teaching experience with youth aged 11-15, outdoor group management a plus.
· Knowledge and skills in small-scale organic food production or home gardening.
· Knowledge of or interest in topics including urban gardening, botany, environmental science, health and nutrition, food systems, food access, urban schools and social justice.
· A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred.
· Bilingual and/or bi-cultural preferred (languages include Spanish, Tagalog, Cantonese).
· Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults.
· Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking skills.
· Ability to work collaboratively and independently, flexible, enthusiastic, creative thinker.

This is a seasonal part-time position working 15-20 hours per week, $18-20 per hour DOE, during the school year (October 2006 through June 2007).

To Apply
Please send a resume and cover letter via email to Abby Jaramillo, Executive Director, at or by mail to 326 Prospect Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110. For more information, visit our blog and website .

posted by Alix @ 6:36 PM


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