EDUCATION ASSISTANT

ABOUT GARDEN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Garden for the Environment (GFE) is a half-acre education and demonstration garden in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco. Our mission is to teach practical skills that allow Bay Area residents to personally contribute to sustainability through urban gardens, farms, and food. GFE is a fiscally sponsored organization of the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Education Assistant will work closely with the Program Manager - Youth and Outreach to plan and facilitate field trips to the Garden for the Environment’s (GFE’s) demonstration garden in the Inner Sunset for students (grades 3 through 5) of San Francisco public and private schools. Field trips of 20 to 30 students will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays for seven to nine weeks in Fall 2018.  The Education Assistant will also assist with Wednesday educational volunteer work hours in the garden, under direction of the Program Manager - Adult Public Programs.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

YOUTH PROGRAM (Tuesdays + Thursdays)

  • Work with the Program Manager - Youth and Outreach to plan basic curriculum for the field trip program

  • Help set up, and clean up after, all field trips

  • Lead part of each group on a garden tour

  • Lead rotating hands-on garden activity stations

  • Work with, and train, Youth Education Interns

  • Inspire a love of nature and water conservation ethic in all students

GARDEN AND VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT (Wednesdays)

  • Open and close garden on workdays completing all opening and closing tasks as designated in garden

  • Lead volunteers in educational activities

  • Host volunteer crews in garden, ensuring all tasks are educational, and completing needed work in perennial garden areas

  • Help set up weekday workshops in outdoor classroom spaces

  • Direct visitors and volunteers, and answer questions

  • Work with the Program Manager - Adult Public Programs on weekly garden tasks

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Flexible and self-motivated

  • Experience teaching children in an outdoor setting

  • Experience with gardening, composting, and local water issues

  • Comfortable leading, and working with, adults and children on garden tasks

  • Comfortable with light rain, bugs, soil, and tools

  • Spanish or Chinese language skills preferred

RATE
$25 per hour

HOURS + DATES
16 hours per week
September 25 - November 20, 2018

WORK SCHEDULE
Tuesdays + Thursdays 9am - 2pm
Wednesdays 9am - 3pm

EMPLOYMENT
Temporary, Part Time, Non-exempt

TO APPLY
Please email a resumé and cover letter to: info@gardenfortheenvironment.org with Education Assistant in the subject line. No phone calls please. Deadline: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by 5pm

Garden for the Environment is fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA) and our staff are employed by SFPA. SFPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.