The Garden Coordinator is a part-time (with the potential to become full time) position that offers critical support to teachers and students to ensure that a school can maximize the educational potential of the garden. The Garden Coordinator acts as a resource for teachers as they plan their own cross-curricular lessons in the outdoor classroom, and models skills that teachers need to feel comfortable using the garden to teach science standards. This role reports to the School Leader.
- At least 2-3 years of facilitation or teaching experience with youth aged 10-14 (outdoor group management experience preferred)
- Preferred experience working with school gardening programs
- At least a high school diploma or equivalent is required
- Knowledge of gardening, specifically knowledge of innovative and green practice
- 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
- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking skills
- Ability to work independently and be flexible
- Computer skills and project management skills
- Regular and reliable attendance and dependability
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
- Plans and leads sustainable, organic, environmentally conscious garden activities for 5-8 students
- Partners with staff, local experts and students to research, design and develop a garden on school grounds
- Assist in the design and maintenance of the school gardens and outdoor classroom space, supporting the preparation for garden work activities, planting schedule, and ensuring the care of tools
- Integrates environmental issues, wellness, and garden activities into school curriculum
- Develops a system for recruitment, training, coordination and tracking of volunteers
- Collaborates with classroom teachers
- Oversees and coordinates students’ hands-on experiences in the garden (planting, tending, harvesting and cooking)
- Builds involvement in and commitment to the school garden within the school community, including teachers, administrators, students, parents and community volunteers
- Builds capacity within the school by co-teaching with classroom teachers, and developing teacher skills in outdoor classroom management techniques
- Maintains the garden, coordinating volunteers to secure all needed supplies
- Leads a group of students in garden-related action projects through after-school programming
- Manage the school garden, plan and prepare for garden work activities, manage planting schedule, ensure availability of tools and other necessary materials
- Maintain open garden time schedule for teachers
- Attend school wide staff meetings
- Lead after-school garden club
- Coordinate community garden events to bring students, families, teachers and community members together
- Coordinate school-wide garden events
- Pursue grants to support the growth and development of the Garden Program
Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands
Ability to navigate school campus, and hold meetings in different spaces. Much of the day requires movement and physical tasks for a significant outdoor period of time. Ability to access and utilize technology and Lift/carry equipment 1-50 lbs.
Stress of deadlines and normal work standards, ability to analyze problems and generate alternatives, work with interruptions, concentrate for long periods of time, read, calculate, perform routine math problems, memorize and recall objects and people.
Mainly outdoors. School environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions. In emergency context (e.g., pandemic), depending on need, work may be conducted virtually fully or partially for extended periods of time or longer, and the expectation is that the individual will establish a productive, remote work environment (e.g., ability to stay connected through different technology means). It may require remote work as current public health guidelines warrant.
Part-time, non-exempt position based on a school calendar and time-off policy
About KIPP Public Schools Northern California
We are a thriving nonprofit network of 17 free, public charter schools open to all students. At KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be a critical factor in making that vision a reality. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
Our student community consists of over 6,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City. 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 23% are multilingual language learners, and 10% have special needs. We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.
We are dedicated to you and your family’s well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits.