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Food Education Specialist Thaden School +1 more

  • Date Posted January 10, 2019
  • Location Bentonville, AR
  • Category Culinary / Education
  • Job Type Full-Time
Company Description

A new independent school in downtown Bentonville, Arkansas, Thaden opened in August 2017 and will grow incrementally over the next four years to serve students in grades 6 through 12.  By the fall of 2019, the school’s enrollment is expected to reach 220-240 students (grades 6-11), and construction of the buildings housing the core of its culinary infrastructure will be complete.  At full scale, the school’s 30-acre campus will support approximately 600 students and 100 faculty and staff. 

The non-sectarian, co-educational school offers a challenging and balanced educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship. Please visit the Thaden website (thadenschool.org) for detailed information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases.

Job Description

Thaden School offers an integrative educational program that provides students with a broad foundation in the sciences and humanities, enabling them to move across disciplines and explore their dynamic connections, inside and outside of the classroom.  In addition to our core curriculum, we offer three signature programs — Wheels, Reels, and Meals — that allow students to combine multiple fields of study and engage with our community in ways that foster a sense of civic and global responsibility.

Thaden’s Meals program for food education introduces students to the scientific, economic, and cultural dimensions of the plate. Lunch itself is an essential ingredient in a Thaden education: students have a full hour to nourish not only the body but also the mind over meals that advance the educational mission of the school. And much of that food for thought will be grown on campus and prepared by students in our teaching kitchen so that they can better understand the nature of our regional food systems and all that goes into the making of a meal.


To support the continuing development of our Meals program, we invite applications for an additional Food Education Specialist position. Reporting to the Director of Campus Life, Food Education Specialists work closely with the school’s leadership team and faculty to develop the vision, infrastructure, partnerships, and resources needed to advance the goals of the Meals program.

Please visit the Thaden website for detailed information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases.


Primary responsibilities: 

  • Work with other Food Education Specialists, Director of Campus Life, and Director of Culinary Services to create and implement a diversified crop plan for the ½ acre Thaden teaching garden 
  • Assist in caring for the Thaden school flock of hens 
  • Manage the greenhouse and school garden as learning laboratories and production spaces   
  • Implement procedures to ensure the safe handling of food grown on campus 
  • Help to develop and manage a system to compost food waste from the dining facilities 
  • Work collaboratively with faculty members, including specialists for the other signature programs (Wheels and Reels), to develop and implement garden- and kitchen-based curriculum for students in grades 6 through 12 
  • Collaborate with faculty in sciences, arts, and humanities to create engaging and impactful learning experiences for students 
  • Lead trips for students that introduce them to food systems throughout the region 
  • Manage the teaching kitchens as interdisciplinary learning laboratories 
  • Offer classes in the teaching kitchens using produce from our teaching gardens 
  • Engage the NWA community by offering workshops and classes in the evenings and on weekends    

Experiences and Qualifications

  • Passion for sustainable agriculture and the ability to share knowledge and skills with students of all ages 
  • Experience in intensive small-scale vegetable production with a preference for organic or certified naturally grown vegetable production 
  • Expertise in sustainable agriculture production methods 
  • Knowledge of regulations and proper techniques for post-production handling of produce (GAPS certification) 
  • Experience managing a medium scale composting operation 
  • Enthusiasm for leading classes, workshops, and volunteer workdays 
  • Culinary background 
  • Nutrition background
Compensation this position is PAID: salaried, 50k to 100k How to apply Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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