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CommunityGrows (CG) co-cultivates healthy youth through growing gardens in low-income, diverse communities. Through outdoor, environmental and nutrition education, we help high-needs youth, especially those living in public housing in San Francisco, develop the confidence, skills and experience to live a healthy life and become leaders in their communities. Each year we engage over 1,300 kids through our garden and cooking programs.

We are a grassroots organization that has served the community for the last 23 years. Cultivation of healthy youth takes time and we continue to build support and solidarity with deep relationships amongst our community partners. CommunityGrows is committed to diversity and equity. Our values include: co-powerment, restorative justice, social justice, food justice, active listening, leadership building, love, compassion, respect, nature, community, resiliency, and peace. (Learn more about our tenets and values here.)

Open Positions
Seed to Mouth Garden Educator, part-time 

Seed to MouthGarden Educator, part-time

Our Seed to Mouth nutrition and cooking classes use food grown in our community gardens to teach youth how to cook and enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables and other whole foods. We encourage youth to adopt healthy eating and lifestyle habits, discuss where food grows and then create delicious and nutritious meals, which we eat together. We also cover topics such as food safety, knife skills, how to read recipes and measurement conversion.

Our environmental education program educates students to high academic and social emotional learning standards. We use hands-on science curriculum and exploration to foster knowledge of, and respect for, the environment and inspire a sense of wonder about the natural world. We integrate our school curriculum into grade-level science standards and support the teachers’ classroom curriculum. Our after-school and summer programming is designed in light of out-of-school (OST) time best practices and in consultation with community partners to best meet their learning objectives.

Description

We are seeking a motivated and dedicated individual to oversee the Lower Garden at Rosa Parks Elementary School, working directly with teachers and students, and teach 2-3 garden and cooking classes a week. In addition, the staff member would lead cooking demonstrations at special events, assist with garden workdays and attend staff trainings and meetings as needed. The ideal candidate will have a degree in nutrition or health education and have a minimum of 1 year teaching and 1 year gardening experience. We are seeking staff members that have a real love of teaching, healthy eating and want to work creatively as a part of a passionate team.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrable track record of working effectively with youth of color in low-income communities, strong classroom management skills, experience in gardening or urban agriculture, and passion for food, social and environmental justice. The best candidate will have a true love for working with young children.

Responsibilities

Program Delivery (70%)

  • Lead informal learning sessions with K-5th grade youth during their recess and lunch times at Rosa Parks Elementary School, 3-4 days a week
  • Coordinate with teachers on planting and harvesting their beds
  • Maintain positive relationships with parents, families, students and school faculty/staff.
  • Teach 1-2 after-school garden education classes a week
  • Teach 1 weekly cooking and nutrition lessons, including: the basics of food and kitchen safety, food preparation and making healthy choices
  • Teach 1-2 cooking demonstrations a month at community or CG events
  • Maintain positive relationships with parents, families, students and school faculty/staff.
  • Lead community outreach efforts for the cooking program.
  • Develop and grow partnerships with stakeholders
  • Update and teach nutrition curriculum and lesson plans for garden and environmental education and BEETS (Band of Environmentally-Educated and Employable Teens) program as need
  • Represent ComunityGrows and advocate our programs at outreach events in the community

Garden Maintenance(25%)

  • Maintain the lower garden at Rosa Parks Elementary School including: planting, pruning, harvesting, watering, and general maintenance
  • Assist the Site Manager with creating and following a garden maintenance schedule for both the upper and lower garden
  • Organize & keep track of tools in gardens sheds
  • Assist in the maintenance and stewardship of partner gardens

Administration & Communication (5%)

  • Supervise volunteers, BEETS and interns who assist you in teaching classes and with garden maintenance
  • Maintain accurate records, including attendance data, curriculum and program evaluations and reports
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and partner meetings
  • Communicate clearly with all staff on a weekly basis
  • Maintain positive relationships with parents, families, students and school faculty/staff.
  • Support CommunityGrows general activities and operations

Required Qualifications

  • At least one year of teaching experience or experience working with youth of all ages.
  • Strong knowledge of food preparation using fresh, seasonal, local ingredients, and organic gardening practices
  • Excellent classroom management skills.
  • Experience supervising and managing volunteers/interns.
  • Significant experience working in multicultural communities of color.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to be flexible and work independently.
  • Strong collaboration, mediation, and team-building skills.
  • Passionate about healthy eating and cooking experience.
  • Familiarity with theories of environmental justice.
  • Must pass a live scan background check and TB skin test

Desired Qualifications

  • BA in nutrition/Nutrition education, health, culinary arts degree or two years equivalent experience
  • Knowledge and practice of restorative justice principles
  • Bi-lingual
  • Reliable transportation (bike or car)

Physical Demands

    • Ability to stand, stoop, reach and bend. Mobility of arms to reach, dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate large and small objects 
    • Ability to stand for long periods
    • Ability to walk long distances
    • Ability to lift, push and/or pull objects, which may approximate 50 pounds
    • Ability to work outdoors and tolerate varying weather conditions

Work Environment

  • Must be able to navigate local travel
  • Must be able to work outdoors in different and sometimes inclement weather conditions
  • Must be able to teach in a garden setting, which may be dusty or dirty, or have slippery surfaces

Commitment to Diversity

CommunityGrows, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity in our organization because we believe that having a diverse team will make us stronger and more successful in achieving our vision and goals. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs, if any, at the time of application.

Hours and Compensation

This is a part-time position, 24-30 hours a week.

Start date: August 21st, 2017.
Compensation: $18-20/hr DOA

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:
Melissa Tang, Director of Programs Melissa@communitygrows.org

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early applications are highly encouraged.