Join Climate Corps Education Outside
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? We’re looking for people who share these passions to join our growing science-and-sustainability service Corps. 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 Climate Corps Education Outside
Climate Corps Education Outside (CCEO) is a two academic year 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. Climate Corps Education Outside engages a service corps of emerging leaders who serve full-time at a Bay Area public elementary school to bring nature and science directly into the hands of thousands of students.
The Climate Corps Education Outside (CCEO) program serves public K-5 schools in San Francisco, South San Francisco, and San Mateo county. As a CCEO Fellow, you will lead garden-based science and environmental literacy education at a school for two academic years* of service (September to May) 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.
The position starts on September 1st, 2019 and ends on May 31st, 2021, with the summer off between June 1st, 2020 and August 31st, 2020. 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, 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. There are occasional extended and weekend hours dedicated to service, schoolyard workdays, and community events. You will also be an active part of the Climate Corps fellowship, which means you’ll have a group of peers for support as you learn and grow together. You will also have designated Regional and Site Supervisors to support you in your service and professional growth.
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!
Climate Corps Education Outside Fellow Commitment
• Commitment to serve a minimum of 1,200 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 with the Climate Corps cohort of emerging education and sustainability professionals
• Be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent U.S. resident with the ability to work in the U.S.
• 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 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
• Competency in Spanish or Chinese is a plus, but not required
You will receive a living allowance stipend of $2,115 per month and an end of program education award of $4,266 per year.
For the complete position listing, please visit www.climate-corps.org/education-outside.html
*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.