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We’re hiring BEETs!

BEETs Program 2020 (1)

The BEETs Program is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year! The BEETs Program is a paid internship for teens ages 14-19, which focuses on environmental justice, gardening, and job skills. This year, the program will take place virtually, as well as in-person in various outdoor locations throughout the city.


This is a PAID opportunity! Spread the word!

Applications are still being accepted! Click below to apply online; you can also email or call 415-795-3855 for more information.

Congratulations, BEETS class of 2018-19!


Jalyn McFarland-Kelley
Tiana Hubbard
Daniel Juarez
Ahlaya Martin
Hannah Lin

On Wednesday, May 15  our BEETS cohort culminated their 6-month internship with CommunityGrows with a graduation celebration! These teens were such an amazing team: they successfully planned and ran run three community-events in the Western Addition: Wreath and Card Making in partnership with Hayes Valley Art Works;  Neighborhood Love Day in partnership with the Rosa Parks Senior Center and Earth Day on the Mall, where they created fun and informative booths for children from Rosa Parks ExCEL and Booker T. Washington after-school programs, as well as our neighbors and community members. This year they also partnered with teens from Youth Art Exchange to create mobile meditation stations that they can use in the garden to teach mindfulness and meditation to children and families.

The BEETS learned how to plant and tend a garden and connected with the environment by helping maintain the Buchanan Mall and Koshland Park and Learning Garden.  They learned about environmental justice issues like lead in soil, access to safe green space and clean air.  They also learned about the importance of taking care of our groundwater supply and the dangers of flooding.  The BEETS learned about nutrition and food justice: they learned how to read nutrition labels, prepare nutritious snacks and meals, and how food deserts and racist food systems disadvantage low income communities and communities of color.

With special thanks to our funders


Impact Fund

San Francisco Arts Commission

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

San Francisco Department of Health

This summer we’re partnering with Opportunities for All!

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We’re excited to announce that this summer our BEETS Program will be participating in Mayor Breed’s Opportunities for All initiative!

We’re partnering with Magic Zone to offer teens up to 80 hours  of job skills and training focused on gardening, environmentalism and healthy cooking this summer.  Through the exciting partnership we’ll be able to increase our stipend rate to $15 an hour!

Internships are from Jun 17th-August 1st with a special kick-off event on June 6th and orientation on June 10th.

Click the green button below to download the OFA timeline and application checklist list and the orange button to fill out an  online application (under “Employment Interests Other” please write CommunityGrows or BEETS Program).

Please email with any questions.

Celebrating Earth Day!

On April 22nd, the BEETS hosted an Earth Day Celebration on the Buchanan Mall. The event featured healthy yogurt parfait snacks, a scavenger hunt, an “Around the Earth” free throw contest, writing letters to the Earth and seed planting! Children and youth from neighboring programs like Booker T. Washington and Ella Hill came to learn and play with our teens!

Thank you Earth for all that you give us! And thanks to everyone who made Earth Day such a special day!

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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 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.


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


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, 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!

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 for more information.

BEETS Application





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.


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?
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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 for more information.

BEETS Spring 2016 Application

BEETS Information Flyer (English)

BEETS Information Flyer (Espanol)

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BEETS Spring 2016 Flyer ESPANOL