The Garden Educator will support the educational initiatives of the Central Texas Food Bank Production and Learning Garden by planning, coordinating and facilitating on-site workshops, classes, and field trips for children, clients, Partner Agencies, and the public to learn about gardening and healthy eating. Reporting to the Gardener, you will develop and improve garden education curricula and related materials, promote, schedule and facilitate classes and educational opportunities, and work to maintain the Teaching Garden as an effective educational tool. This is a bilingual Spanish/English position and will start January 2, 2019.
As a GARDEN EDUCATOR you will …
- Work with the Gardener to develop a strategic plan to implement the nutrition and gardening program to include specific goals for number and type of classes and number of participants per class that aligns with production needs
- Implement and coordinate on-site education program including recruitment, management and delegation of responsibilities to volunteers and interns
- Develop bilingual materials to teach clients and Partner Agency staff about how to grow and use new varieties of fruits and vegetables
- Complete all necessary preparations for class, including grocery shopping, assembling class materials and/or transportation of materials
- Maintain inventory and ensure all supplies/materials are present at each class session
- Meet all reporting requirements, including submission of class schedules, participant numbers, class demographic information, evaluations and progress reports
- Promote educational opportunities to clients at Mobile Pantry distributions and other public locations
- Work with the Gardener to envision and develop new programming potentially including off-site classes
- Take care of plants by planting, watering, harvesting, pruning, and weeding
- Assist the Gardener in maintaining the garden infrastructure and production capacity such as fixing drip irrigation lines, repairing broken tools and equipment, and light carpentry
You are a great candidate if you have…
- Bachelor’s degree in Education, Agriculture, Horticulture or related field
- 2+ years of experience teaching children or adults in a formal setting
- Experience developing and implementing lesson plans, creating supporting materials, and measuring student learning outcomes
- Excellent proficiency in Spanish and English, including the ability to translate written materials from English into Spanish
- Interest in and enthusiasm for local foods and organic gardening
- An understanding, familiarity, and sensitivity to hunger and poverty issues.
- Ability and willingness to work outside in all weather conditions
- Must possess and maintain a valid Texas Driver’s License and proof of insurance.
Bonus points for…
- Experience working in Title 1 schools in Central Texas
- Valid food handler certificate or ability to obtain one within 60 days
- Experience working to promote social welfare or environmental causes in the community
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS WITH OR WITHOUT REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION
- Ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, push, stoop, reach above the shoulder, grasp, pull, bend repeatedly, identify colors, hear with aid, see, write, count, read, speak, analyze, alphabetize, repetitively lift and carry 50 lbs., perceive depth, operate a motor vehicle, and operate motor equipment.
- Works in an office and outdoor environment
- While working in gardens, may be exposed to harsh weather, biting insects, irritating plants, intense sunlight and heat, loud noises, and strong odors.