Organic Gardening/Ecology/Nutrition/Arts/Literacy Teacher (part time) (Roosevelt Island, NYC)
This position is a unique opportunity to work with a leading-edge, national/international, environmental and educational nonprofit, Life Frames, Inc., dedicated to integrating community resources and creating transformative, ecological and multicultural learning landscapes. Each place-based environment is called A Living Library & Think Park. (Life Frames, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to establishing a team of staff and volunteers who reflect the multicultural and linguistic diversity of the communities that we serve.)
This program works with local schools and other community resources, to build on-site educational organic gardens and content-rich learning landscapes integrated with hands-on, interdisciplinary, standards-based, common core curricula, ecological systems, multi-arts, digital media, nutrition, health, youth leadership. Branch Living Library & Think Parks, local and global, will be linked through state-of-the-art interactive technologies.
A Living Library, or A.L.L. for short, interconnects biological, cultural, and technological systems with the curricula of the schools and animates all subjects through hands-on, real-world experience. Students, together with caring adults, are involved in the research, planning, design, implementation, use, maintenance, management and communications of the transformed learning environments and integrated community programs.
Job Description: Organic Gardening / Ecology / Nutrition / Multi-Arts Teacher (part time, year-round) The successful candidate will be leading groups of K – 5 with some middle school students and teachers, some high school students, disabled adults, and other community members in organic gardening, tree planting & pruning, multi-arts, and nutrition projects as well as researching the local ecology, history, existing dynamics of local community, and its natural, multicultural, and built resources – past, present, future. During the winter months, you will be working in the classroom. You will be leading gardening, science, and related arts, literacy, nutrition activities as hands-on, interdisciplinary, standards-based learning processes, communicating about ecological systems, and performing community outreach activities with children and adults in ways that are both fun, relevant, and educational – both outdoors and in the classroom.
Qualifications: • The candidate must have at least a B.A. with good knowledge of science, botany, gardening • Must have extensive experience teaching, working creatively and artistically with children (K-5, plus some middle-high school students), and be excellent in managing and leading groups of students and adults • Must have excellent communication, writing, research skills & experience with curriculum development & writing lesson plans incorporating NY State & Common Core Elementary Science & Literacy Standards • Must have knowledge about New York City and Roosevelt Island ecology and watershed systems • Must be an excellent organic gardener and landscaper with knowledge of botany, cycles of life, insects, natural pest management, companion planting, composting, native species (plants/animals), nutrition & health • Must have an evolved aesthetic/design sensibility; ability to draw and document activities with photography; carpentery skills are desired; digital media & other art skills a plus! • Bilingual Spanish, Tagalog, Mandarin or Cantonese a real plus !!! • Must be creative, hard working, a self-starter, flexible, team player, and also able to take direction
To find out more about A Living Library, please visit our website at http://www.alivinglibrary.org/blog
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