Are you a natural leader? Are you passionate about garden based education and teaching elementary-aged kids? Are you committed to public service? We’re looking for people who share these passions to join our growing science-and-sustainability service Corps. We’re looking for skillful, energetic folks with a positive attitude and a resilient mindset. 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 a year 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. The garden educator will transform this school garden into a lush, living laboratory, and use this laboratory to activate student learning.
As the Claire Lilienthal Garden Educator, you will lead garden-based science and environmental literacy education for K-2 students at the Madison Campus. 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, 2020 and ends on April 15, 2021. 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 1200 hours per service term to their site.
As the Claire Lilienthal Garden Educator, you will:
Teach and plan ecoliteracy lessons for K-2 students
Cultivate a garden space to promote urban students’ connection to the environment and nature.
Activate community and volunteer power to develop a lush outdoor classrooms
Participate in a professional development program biweekly 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
Experience teaching and working with groups of students (especially ages 5-9) outdoors
Experience working with children and adults from diverse backgrounds
Experience with gardening or farming
Experience prioritizing and managing projects
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
Competency in Spanish or Chinese is a plus, but not required
You will receive an AmeriCorps living allowance stipend of $2,115 per month and an end of program cycle education award of $ 4,336.50 per year.
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.