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Now hiring for 2017-18 BEETS program!

BEETS Recruitment Flyer 2017

Attention BEETS applicants: we’ve extended our deadline!

BEETS will gain skills around landscape design, outreach and communication, and project management. This year we are working with partners to create garden spaces along the Buchanan Mall!

The application deadline is rolling! Apply TODAY!

Download the application below or email Osceola@CommunityGrows.org for more information.

 

Download BEETS Application

 

Job Opening! Garden Programs Manager

4.13.16-JMES-MrSteve_IMG_6184CommunityGrows is hiring a full time Garden Programs Manager.

The Garden Programs Manager manages our environmental education program including curriculum develop, staff management, and overseeing the maintenance of the CommunityGrow’s gardens throughout San Francisco. In addition, s/he will teach 6-8 garden-based classes a week and manage our garden workdays. The ideal candidate will have a degree in early childhood education, a minimum of 1-year teaching experience, and a minimum 1- year managing a farm or garden. We are seeking staff members that have a real love of gardening, teaching, healthy eating and want to work creatively as a part of a passionate team.

Successful candidates will also have a demonstrable track record of working effectively in diverse, low-income communities.

 

About our Environmental Education Program
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.

 

Responsibilities
Program Management
●  Manage the Environmental Education (EE) Program, an experience-based program that uses gardening as a tool to foster knowledge of, and respect for, the environment.
●  Plan and manage the class schedule in close coordination with the Director of Programs (DoP).
●  Maintain and utilize a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of environmental education, youth development and San Francisco Urban Agriculture
●  Complete required program reporting and maintain accurate records, files and documentation
●  Implement and manage ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the EE Program through pre- and post- surveys and interviews.
●  Document program highlights and participant success stories for website, social media channels and annual report.
●  Meet weekly with garden educators and review their accomplishments, difficulties and tasks.
●  Assist DoP with annual staff reviews.
●  Assist CG with hiring and training of new EE educators.
●  Create project and program budgets in coordination with the DoP and Executive Director (ED).
●  Train and supervise EE Program volunteers and interns.

Teaching and Mentoring
●  Plan and teach 6-8 environmental education classes a week.
●  Create lessons and curriculum for the garden using the Next Generation Science Standards and OST best practices
●  Collaborate with teachers and partners to create dynamic curriculum that suits different age groups
●  Provide a safe, secure space for students to share, learn and grow
●  Work with teachers and community partners to set up garden class schedules for the fall and spring school year
●  Keep accurate attendance records and evaluations of classes and curriculum taught and share results with teachers
●  Supervise volunteers and BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) who assist you in teaching classes and with garden maintenance
●  Assist with the planning and facilitation of the BEETS program, including: leading sessions; training teens in general garden maintenance; case management; and other duties as needed
●  Model positive and proactive attitudes, behaviors and language with students

Garden Management and Maintenance
●  Oversee all CG garden sites, ensuring all gardens have adequate resources and supplies.
●  Manage the community gardener’s memberships and plot assignments for Koshland Garden.
●  Assist in designing, budgeting and planning new gardens and current garden maintenance
●  Create garden maintenance schedules
●  Work with site managers and partners to ensure gardens are adequately cared for on days when CG is not on site

Partnership Development and Collaboration
●  Serve as an effective spokesperson for CG representing the programs’ values to all partners and the general public.
●  Maintain positive relationships with parents, families, students and school faculty/staff.
●  Represent CG in meetings with partners, residential councils, community members and the Tides Center.
●  Assist ED and DoP in establishing collaborative relationships within the community and provide outreach to community based partners, local government, local schools, community colleges, universities, and other agencies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area
●  Be the primary point of contact for EE partners.

 

Required Qualifications
●  Prefer candidate with Early Childhood K-5 Education degree
●  At least one (1) year teaching experience, especially with youth ages 5-12.
●  At least one (1) year experience managing a farm or garden.
●   Excellent classroom management skills.
●  Significant experience working in multicultural communities of color.
●  Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently and take initiative.
●  Good writing skills and computer proficiency.
●  Strong collaboration, mediation, and team-building skills.
●  Familiarity with theories of environmental justice; knowledge of environmental principles and issues.

 

Desired Qualifications
●  BA in Early Childhood K-5 Education or similar field
●  Spanish and/or Japanese Bi-lingual
●  Experience living and/or working in the Western Addition.
●  Experience supervising and managing volunteers/interns
●  Program or project management experience

 

Compensation
DOE. This is a full-time, hourly position with benefits.

 

Physical Requirements/Work Environment
●  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
●  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

CommunityGrows, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. 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.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to: Kelly ErnstFriedman, Director of Programs, Kelly@communitygrows.org by November 18th.

Thank you, SFPUC!

SFWPS-HORZ-4C resizedThe San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has partnered with the CommunityGrows for the third year in a row to support our BEETS Program! This year, the PUC is supporting us as we pilot an amazing project with Plaza East Apartments to build patio gardens for the residents and teach them about water conservation. We’re really excited about this project because it will give our BEETS valuable experience planning and executing a landscaping project while also creating more green spaces and vegetable gardens for the community.  Thank you PUC!

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Stay tuned for more!

Join the BEETS! Applications now available

6.22.16-Yosemite-SFW_IMG_20160623_171630089_HDRWe’re now accepting applications for the brand new, expanded BEETS program! From October to May, teens will learn job and life skills as they learn about the environment, teach kids,  and positively contribute to their communities!

This year we are learning how to build container gardens so youth will gain skills around landscape design, budgeting and project management.

The deadline to apply is Monday, Friday, September 9th at 6 pm. Click on the application and flyers below or email Melissa@communitygrows.org for more information.

BEETS Application

BEETS Flyer

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Volunteer Spotlight: Matt McWitz

Matt started volunteering with our in-school Rosa Parks classes in the fall of 2015. Here’s what he has to say about his experience:

“CommunityGrows is teaching the kids a great many things, but I think perhaps one of the most important lessons is that we must respect and love the earth. The kids learn to pay attention to the plants and appreciate them as living things. They learn how to interpret the conditions and feelings of the garden. I volunteer with the program because I think this sort of thinking is completely invaluable in our society today, as we become further and further disconnected from our planet and the earth we depend on. We can’t forget our roots, and programs like CommunityGrows work hard to make sure that we don’t.”

Thank you for all that you do, Matt! We are so grateful for the energy, care and excitement you bring to the kiddos at Rosa Parks.

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Applications now available for Spring 2016 BEETS!

Are you 15-19 years old, want to work outdoors,work with kids, learn new job skills AND get paid to be in the beautiful sunshine?
BEETS Indian Valley

The BEETS program is hiring for  spring  interns!   In t his   paid  internship  you will learn how to grow healthy food, meet new friends, teach kids, and make a difference in the community through field trips and work in our gardens.

This spring we’ll learn about food justice.  Learn where your food comes from, how fresh fruit and vegetables can heal our bodies and communities and how to grow your own food. Gain valuable leadership and job skills all while getting paid!

The deadline to apply is Monday, January 18th at 1pm. Click on the application and flyers below or email Melissa@communitygrows.org for more information.

BEETS Spring 2016 Application

BEETS Information Flyer (English)

BEETS Information Flyer (Espanol)

Spring 2016 BEETS Internship Flyer press quality

 

BEETS Spring 2016 Flyer ESPANOL

We’re hiring a Seed to Mouth Coordinator!

7.23.15-PlazaEast-Quiche_IMG_2590We are seeking a motivated and dedicated individual to manage our Seed to Mouth cooking program, which includes teaching 4-5 cooking classes a week and coordinating programming at multiple sites. In addition, the staff member would occasionally assist 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 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 also have a demonstrable track record of working effectively in diverse, low-income communities.

 

About Seed to Mouth
Our 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.

 

Responsibilities
• Provide a safe, secure space for students to share, learn and grow.
• Plan weekly cooking and nutrition lessons, including: the basics of food and kitchen safety, food preparation and making healthy choices
• Supervise youth in the kitchen, encouraging proper technique and gently correcting as needed.
• Support Power Hour, one hour of homework help (Willie Mays Clubhouse)
• Model positive and proactive attitudes, behavior, dress code, and language use
• Maintain accurate records, including attendance data, curriculum taught and program evaluations.
• Serve as point person for meal paperwork and food safety protocols
• Write monthly reports
• Communicate clearly with all staff on a weekly basis.
• Maintain positive relationships with parents, families, students and school faculty/staff.
• Coordinate programs across multiple sites and with multiple partners
• Assist with outreach to the community and volunteers.
• Supervise volunteers and teen interns who assist you in teaching classes and with garden maintenance.
• Update nutrition curriculum and lesson plans for garden and environmental education and BEETS (Band of Environmentally-Educated and Employable Teens) program
• Attend weekly staff meetings and partner meetings
• Support CommunityGrows general activities and operations.

 

Hours
Full time. You will split time between sites in the Western Addition and Bayview/Hunters Point (Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, Willie Mays Clubhouse)

 

Compensation
DOE. This is a full-time, hourly position with benefits.

 

Required Qualifications
• At least one year of teaching experience or experience working with youth of all ages.
• Experience planning lessons and facilitating a highly engaging youth development program
• Strong knowledge of food preparation using fresh, season, 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
• Nutrition/Nutrition education, health, culinary arts degree or three years equivalent experience
• Bi-lingual

 

Physical Requirements/Work Environment
• Ability to stand, stoop, reach and bend. Mobility of arms to reach, dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate large and small objects Bi-lingual
• 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

 

CommunityGrows, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. 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.

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

Get 10% off sporting goods and support our youth!

Join us at Sports Basement (1590 Bryant Street) for a fundraiser for CommunityGrows on Thursday, September 24th!

Do you need some new camping gear? Are your running shoes worn out? Come by, say hello, and load up on active wear and outdoor gear, all at a discount!

The discount and donations run all day, but stop by between 6:00 and 8:00 pm for beer, wine and snacks provided by Sports Basement.

****When you make a purchase, be sure to tell the cashier you are there to support CommunityGrows, and we get 10% percent of the proceeds and you get a 10% discount!****

  sports basement flyer.pdf by blwenger

Applications now available for fall BEETS!

Are you 15-19 years old, want to learn more about how fresh food, herbs and plants can lead to a healthier body and community, AND get paid to be in the beautiful sunshine? 7.10.15-BEETS-HaywardCarnival_IMG_20150710_143724288

We’re now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 BEETS cohort! This fall we’ll continue to learn about food justice with a special focus on medicinal plants and herbs and how fresh fruit and vegetables can heal our bodies and communities. The BEETS will learn how to plant and maintain water-wise gardens while also gaining valuable leadership and job skills.

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 4th at 5pm. Click on the application and flyers below or email Melissa@communitygrows.org for more information.

BEETS Internship Application

BEETS information flyer (English)

BEETSi information flyer (Spanish)

 

We’re hiring!

10.22.14-MagicZone-KP_IMG_8838CommunityGrows is hiring a full time Garden Educator & Site Manager!

The Garden Educator & Site Manager manages the in-school environmental education program at one of our primary Western Addition sites and is responsible for teaching and planning 8-10 one-hour garden and/or nutrition education classes a week. As Site Manager, s/he will be responsible for managing two on-site gardens and supervising an assistant, interns and volunteers. Successful candidates will have a demonstrable track record of working effectively in diverse, low-income communities.

Click here for the full job description. Applications are due by June 8th.