We are GROWing our team and looking for a part-time Garden Education Facilitator for the 2021-2022 school year. This role is responsible for the preparation and delivery of garden-based lessons with our school and community partners, enhancing and maintaining educational garden spaces, student/participant data tracking and partner communication to provide a rich and engaging learning experience for pre-K through elementary-age students. Please read the full position description below. Interested and qualified candidates, please send your resume and letter of interest, highlighting the ways in which your strengths might contribute to this dynamic and growing edible education nonprofit, to email@example.com by Friday, July 2nd, 2021. Check us out online at https://www.facebook.com/planttheseed/. Full position description below.
Classification: Part-Time, non-exempt, 10-month position (August 9th, 2021- May 27th, 2022)
Location: MNPS Early Learning Center
Reports to: Program Coordinator (PC)
Review Period: 15, 30, 60 and 90 days
About the Organization: Plant the Seed inspires and empowers young people to effect meaningful change in their lives through hands-on learning in school and community gardens. We are a Nashville-based non-profit that grows alongside 1400 young people through partnerships with 5 Metro Nashville Public Schools throughout Davidson County, as well as Head Start North.
Summary of Position: The Garden Education Program Facilitator will have responsibility for the preparation and delivery of garden-based lessons with pre-k students (aged 3-5 years), maintaining the on-site educational garden spaces, overseeing student/participant data tracking, communicating program-related activities with school partners, engaging with families monthly and at special events and providing a rich and engaging learning experience for students.
- Passion, integrity, positive attitude and mission-driven work ethic
- Adaptable and innovative approach to hands-on lesson facilitation
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Recommended Early Childhood Education Teaching/Facilitation Experience (either in a formal educational setting or in an experiential educational setting as the lead facilitator)
- Experience working with young children in large group settings (at least 10-12 kids at a time)
- Experience and/or comfort in a garden is a benefit, as well.
Position functions include, but are not limited to:
Garden and Classroom (60%)
- Provide hands-on garden-based learning facilitation to weekly classes at an MNPS Early Learning Center (ELC). This includes teaching the given lesson to three to five-year-olds, as well as coordinating with the lead classroom teacher or Educational Assistant (EA) to maintain student behavior in order to ensure safety and an optimal learning environment in the garden and/or classroom. Prepare the garden and/or classroom in advance of students’ arrival each day; clean up and put away all tools, lock shed and other items after classes.
- Advise on and implement garden design and regular garden maintenance at assigned site, prioritizing accessibility for students and providing input on general garden/growing methods and seasonal needs
- Assist in the development of garden programming and pacing on an ongoing basis, being adaptable and flexible to the needs of the garden and community
- Facilitate garden programming once a week in collaboration with a PtS team member for shadowing and cross-training purposes and then on a regular independent basis
- Material needs will be provided for Facilitator, but in case of unforeseen needs or enhancement material requests, submit purchase request to Program Coordinator (PC)
- Maintain garden spaces in such a manner to ensure effective learning environment, including weeding, watering, pruning, planting, compost management, and organic pest and disease management
- Maintain garden tools, supplies and equipment (if applicable garden classroom supplies equipment) and complete a year-end inventory of tools, supplies and equipment
- Deliver monthly Bringing the Garden Home activities (send home resources or host a tabling event), as well as fall and spring family event or workshop
Communication and Outreach (20%)
- Work closely within a team setting, feeling comfortable to contribute from your unique point of view, as well as holding a space for differing views—ever seeking to arrive at what is best for the students, the garden and the mission of Plant the Seed
- Contribute to the culture and ethos of Plant the Seed by sharing ideas in a constructive way at team meetings and check-ins
- Respond with flexibility and patience to the needs of students, teachers, and administrators—demonstrating strong teamwork capacity
- Communicate effectively with all stakeholders: students, parents, teachers, administrators, volunteers, and Plant the Seed staff. When in doubt, over-communicate.
- Send weekly partner email to site teachers and staff about upcoming lesson
- Contribute to a vibrant social media presence, including contribution of site pictures for Facebook posts and contribution to blog posts
- Provide reflection and evaluation each week through the submission of bi-weekly narrative reports in order to create a vital feedback loop and assist in developing a stronger program
- Collaborate with the PC to create a volunteer work plan for your site and work to establish autonomous self-managing volunteer groups with parents, teachers and community members
- Contribute to a document of institutional knowledge at your site to create a resource for the following years
- Offer creative enhancements to teachers to cultivate the Plant the Seed mission inside the classroom without our presence
- Develop relationships with parents, teachers and community stakeholders
- Work closely with the Program Coordinator to further the mission and vision of PtS by creating quality programs and vibrant growing spaces
- Collaborate with other PtS facilitators to develop engaging curriculum integration and regular documentation of garden experiences
- Participate in branding and communication protocols (shared calendar, google docs, PtS staff t-shirts, opening and closing garden song, etc)
- Submit numbers and narrative reports in a timely manner as requested by PC
- Submit weekly time sheet of allocated hours to inform scheduling and budget
- Attend weekly PtS staff meetings (schedule TBD); rotate facilitator and note-taker duties
- Attend regular check-ins with PC
Training and Management (10%)
- Assist with facilitating agency-led partner training opportunities, as requested
- Participate in weekly shadowing and cross training opportunities provided by PC, which includes space for reflection and feedback (both from and to)
- Provide structured shadowing opportunities for PtS interns and volunteers to learn from your experience and facilitation style, as requested
- Participate in monthly check-ins with PC
Work Environment and Schedule
- Work environment is a combination of on-site at partner(s) with shifts falling during school hours five days a week and an occasional evening or weekend, as needed. Hours average between 20-25 hours weekly.
- 10-month status will be re-evaluated with an option for month-to-month extension of position depending upon organizational needs and funding.
Please send your resumé and a letter of interest, highlighting the ways in which your strengths might contribute to this dynamic and growing edible education nonprofit to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, July 19th, 2021. Check us out online at https://www.facebook.com/planttheseed/.
This position description is not necessarily an exhaustive list of associated attributes or duties. While intended to be accurate, it does not exclude that other, different duties may be required when circumstances change.
Plant the Seed is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Plant the Seed prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.