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Garden Educator for Students with Special Needs (San Jose)

Last updated: 1/23/2022 7:00 PM Climate Corps Education Outside
Job Fellowship Climate Corps Education Outside Monthly Stipend $2255 End of Program Award $3172.5

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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

Are you passionate about teaching and using school gardens as a learning laboratory for students with special needs? The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) Special Education Department is looking for an emerging education professional who shares this passion to join our cohort of Climate Corps Education Outside Fellows. 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 6 months towards advancing science and environmental education for students with special needs in Santa Clara County public schools.

About the Climate Corps Education Outside Fellowship
Climate Corps Education Outside (CCEO) Fellows teach garden-based science and environmental literacy lessons at public elementary schools around the Bay Area. Each CCEO Fellow is placed at an elementary school site (one Fellow per site) and serves as the garden educator for their school, teaching 10-16 garden lessons per week to K-5 students. Fellows also manage the garden and work to engage the school community.

We are currently hiring for the following CCEO Fellowship position:
Location: San Jose, CA
Start and End Dates: Week of February 1st, 2022 (exact date TBD) - July 30th, 2022.
Fellowship Term: a minimum of 900 hours over 6 months, 40 hours per week.
1-2 Fridays a month are designated for CCEO program trainings at different locations around the Bay Area.

As a Special Needs Garden Educator you will:
Implement the garden education program for special needs students at 1-2 school sites in San Jose
Prepare for and teach multiple garden lessons per day to various grade and ability levels of special needs students at 1-2 school sites
Adapt or modify lessons to meet individual student needs in areas including communication and mobility
Utilize assistive technology, alternative and augmentative communication tools to support students and staff
Build, maintain, and grow an effective, inviting, and productive garden classroom at 2 school sites
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 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
Coordinate with staff at SCCOE Special Education Department and at SEI to develop garden education program

Basic Eligibility
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 6-month service term

Additional Qualifications
A commitment to Climate Corps Education Outside’s mission and vision
A commitment to social justice
College degree or equivalent experience
Experience teaching and working with groups of students outdoors
Experience working with children and adults from diverse backgrounds, especially students with special needs of various grade and ability levels
Experience with gardening or farming
Experience prioritizing and managing projects
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
Experience in and the drive to address racism and create race equity with the team members and programmatically
SEI is a COVID vaccine-positive workplace, and all eligible employees are required to be fully vaccinated (unless they have an exemption for medical/disability or religious reasons)

Compensation
You will receive a living allowance stipend of $2,255 per month and an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award of $3,172.50 upon successful program completion. At the end of the 6-month service term, the total stipend received will be $13,530. You will also be eligible to enroll in SEI’s Kaiser Premium healthcare plan at no cost.

To Apply:
To become a CCEO Fellow, please apply below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to submit as soon as possible.

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

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