Are you a natural leader? Are you passionate about teaching and using school gardens as a learning laboratory for science education and environmental literacy for elementary-aged kids? Are you interested in gaining program management experience implementing a highly successful grant funded initiative? We’re looking for people who share these passions to join our growing science-and-sustainability service cohort. We’re looking for independent problem-solvers who also value collaboration and teamwork. Most of all, we’re looking for dynamic, bright people who are ready to dedicate two years of their lives to advancing science and environmental education in public schools.
About this position
The Claire Lilienthal School K-2 Madison Campus Garden Educator position is an academic year AmeriCorps Fellowship program, run in collaboration with Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) and Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI). This position offers emerging science and climate protection educators and leaders unparalleled professional development as they drive cutting-edge environmental solutions and advance science education, outdoors. They will transform this school garden into a lush, living laboratory. This position is unique across the Education Outside fellow cohort, it includes additional hours to gain program management experience, working alongside of and under the direction of the SEI program team as they plan for, deliver and document key elements of this high impact youth science activation program.
As the Claire Lilienthal Garden Educator, you will lead garden-based science and environmental literacy education at the Madison Campus for two academic years* of service (September to June) and work with students in grades K-2. The educator must be committed to social justice and have cultivated or be willing to cultivate cultural competence and humility.
The position starts on September 1st, 2019 and ends on June 30, 2021, with the summer months of July and August off between program cycles. During the school year, Mondays through Thursdays are dedicated to teaching in the outdoor classroom at your school site and guiding science, sustainability, and other efforts with the community. Two Fridays a month are designated for professional development through the Climate Corps Education Outside program, which includes formal learning workshops offered within three content strands (garden-based education, leadership for community engagement, and horticulture and garden design), peer coaching, and administration time. The remaining two Fridays per month, this fellow is expected to be onsite, working remotely or at external professional development events in order to fulfill the AmeriCorps hours requirement for this position. There are occasional extended and weekend hours dedicated to service, schoolyard workdays, and community events. This position is provided by Bay Area Community Resources (BACR), and will be supervised by Strategic Energy Innovations, the nonprofit leading the Climate Corps Education Outside program. This AmeriCorps member will dedicate 1700 hours per service term to their site.
Depending on your school placement, you may work to steward and strengthen a garden program that has already been created at your site or you may work to help create something new. This might mean creating an edible garden from scratch, determining what elements are necessary to make the space a functional outdoor classroom, procuring tools, and/or continuing to maintain and enhance an existing school garden. Get ready to get your hands dirty!
Claire Lilienthal Garden Educator Commitment
• Commitment to serve a minimum of 1,700 hours per year for two academic years*
• Participation in a minimum of one National Day of Service
• Active participation in ongoing meetings and professional development alongside the Climate Corps Education Outside cohort of emerging education and sustainability professionals.
• Have ability to work in the US
• Have a high school diploma/GED
• Be 17 years old or older
• Pass state criminal and FBI background checks
• Be negative for tuberculosis
• Be able and willing to commit to the two academic years (September to May)*
• A commitment to social justice
• College degree or equivalent experience
• Experience prioritizing and managing projects
• Experience teaching and working with groups of students (especially ages 5-12) outdoors
• Experience working with children and adults from diverse backgrounds
• Experience with gardening or farming
• The ability to thrive in an environment characterized by significant growth, ambiguity, and constant change
• The ability to self-direct and successfully juggle many tasks at once, shifting from one situation or task to another fluidly
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
• Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
• Comfort speaking in front of students and working with groups
• Ability to be responsive to email, phone calls, and other means of communication
You will receive an AmeriCorps living allowance stipend of $2,115 per month and an end of program cycle education award of $10,000 per year.
*Second term is contingent on school site fit and continuation of program funding
SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse communities we serve, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, older adults, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.