Are you passionate about teaching and using school gardens as a learning laboratory for science education and environmental literacy for elementary-aged students? We’re looking for emerging education professionals who share these passions to join our AmeriCorps cohort. We’re looking for skillful, energetic folks with a resilient mindset and a commitment to equity and social justice. 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 one to two years of their lives to advancing science and environmental education in public schools.
About Climate Corps Education Outside:
Climate Corps Education Outside (CCEO) is a 11.5-month AmeriCorps Fellowship program that offers emerging science and climate protection educators and leaders unparalleled professional development and training as they drive cutting-edge environmental solutions and advance science education in public schools, outdoors. We transform school gardens into lush, living laboratories, and use these laboratories to activate student learning. Climate Corps Education Outside engages our AmeriCorps cohort to bring this service to 13,000 students in the Bay Area.
The Climate Corps Education Outside (CCEO) program serves public elementary schools and garden-based education providers in San Francisco, San Mateo County, Alameda County, and Santa Cruz. As a CCEO Fellow, you will lead garden-based science and environmental literacy education at a school for 11.5 months and work with students in grades K-5, serving a high percentage of low-income children and many English-language learners. CCEO fellows must be committed to social justice and have cultivated or be willing to cultivate cultural competence and humility. While the field of environmental education has a long way to go, we strive toward an anti-racist future for our program, Fellows, schools, and students.
The position will likely start on August 23rd, 2021 and end on August 3rd, 2022. While this is a one year commitment, we strive to maintain consistency for our school sites and prioritize applicants who can make a 2 year commitment to their schools. 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.
As a Climate Corps Education Outside Fellow you will:
Prepare for and teach multiple lessons per day to various grade levels
Create a safe and positive outdoor classroom culture
Apply equity and anti-racist lenses to all teaching and learning with students
Coordinate harvesting, cooking, and eating in the garden with students
Facilitate out-of-class opportunities for students to connect to the natural world (e.g. after school programs, recess activities, student green team, field trips, etc.)
Facilitate sustainability projects and learning opportunities on campus and in their community
Build strong relationships with community members in order to serve the needs of the school and students
Collaborate with their school community to maintain and improve the school garden
Engage in grant writing and fundraising to support garden infrastructure improvements and purchase garden and instructional materials and supplies
Climate Corps Education Outside Fellow Commitment:
Commitment to serve a minimum of 1,700 hours over a 11.5-month term
Participation in one National Day of Service
Active participation in ongoing meetings and professional development with the Climate Corps cohort of emerging education and sustainability professionals
AmeriCorps members must:
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 9-month service term
A commitment to Climate Corps Education Outside’s mission and vision
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
Ability to live frugally with the modest AmeriCorps financial stipend.
Competency in Spanish or Chinese is a plus, but not required
You will receive a living allowance stipend of $2,255 per month and a projected AmeriCorps end of program education award of $10,000, subject to final budget appropriation.
SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity. We believe that a wide array of perspectives contributes to creative climate solutions where all communities thrive. We strive to reflect diverse communities, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply. A commitment to work and learn within an anti-oppression framework is required. https://www.seiinc.org/dei.html