CitySprouts is looking for a Garden Coordinator to begin in the end of June. Please seed the application below.
Seasonal: April 1 – Nov. 30
Reports to: Cambridge Program Director
CitySprouts is a nonprofit school garden organization that partners with public schools to integrate academic and environmental education in the schools and neighborhood. CitySprouts provides every Cambridge Public School, elementary through 8th grade, with on-site gardens that function as outdoor classrooms; on-going maintenance and development of these outdoor classroom gardens; support to teachers in integrating their classroom curricula outside to the school garden; and a summer internship program for youth ages 11-14.
The Garden Coordinator is a seasonal position, spring through fall. The Garden Coordinator maintains the physical space, supports teachers’ use of the garden for teaching during the school year, and leads one section of the 8-week summer youth internship program.
• Experience teaching children in a public school setting, preferably outdoor education
• Experience working with middle school-aged youth
• Experience managing a food-growing garden
• Working knowledge of organic gardening practices
• Strong communication and organizational skills
• Ability to do physical work outside
• Access to a car or truck for occasional use
Maintain schools’ outdoor classroom gardens as an educational resource for teachers and the school community
- maintain an attractive & functional garden space with a variety of edible crops, flowers, native species, and specialty plants throughout the growing season, using best practices in organic gardening
Encourage & support teachers’ use of the CitySprouts garden for instruction
- serve as the garden “expert” to the school community
- coordinate use of the growing space for teachers, school staff and community partners, ensuring that children at all grade levels have access to garden experience
- provide technical support to teachers as they develop garden-based extensions to classroom lessons and units
- document teachers’ garden use at each school
Lead teams of middle school youth in CitySprouts summer program
- teach gardening skills and food production skills, harvesting and cooking skills, and civic engagement & leadership skills to school-based teams of youth in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
The Garden Coordinator is assigned to three school gardens (serving 3 elementary and one middle school community), allocating approximately 8 hours/week to each school with additional time each week for team projects.
To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Liz Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org, by May 6th.