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FoodPrints Assistant or Lead Teacher FRESHFARM +4 more

  • Date Posted September 22, 2021
  • Location Washington, DC
  • Category Education / Nonprofit
  • Job type Part-Time
Company description

FRESHFARM is a nonprofit that promotes sustainable agriculture and improves food access, education, and equity in the Mid-Atlantic region. We operate producer-only farmers markets that provide vital economic opportunities to local farmers and food producers, pioneering food distribution programs that increase food access for low-income neighborhoods, and innovative food education programs that build healthier communities.

Job description WHO WE ARE: 

FoodPrints is FRESHFARM’s food education program that aims to make positive changes in what children and their families eat by giving them hands-on experiences with growing, harvesting, cooking and eating nutritious, fresh, local foods in season. We currently operate in 15 D.C. Public Elementary Schools in Wards 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 and work in partnership with administrators and teachers to ensure that FoodPrints is a relevant, enriching program that teaches Common Core, Next Generation Science and DCPS/OSSE Health standards adapted to the unique curricular goals of each school.


Lead Teachers:

  • An experienced teacher with an ability to work students in an academic setting & utilize and adapt curricular materials for student and class needs
  • Ideally you have a combination of classroom teaching experience with preschool – 5th grade students, strong classroom management skills, as well as experience with cooking, gardening, and educating children and adults about the benefits of fresh, local, nutritious, sustainable food
  • Familiar with interdisciplinary, hands-on, student-centered learning approaches 
Assistant Teachers:
  • A flexible team-player with experience working with youth, ideally in an academic setting or doing outdoor, science, environmental, or place-based learning
  • Proficient with cooking & gardening and passionate about sharing knowledge about fresh, local, nutritious, sustainable food with others
  • Clear communicator and strong listener with a desire to learn and grow as an educator
For bilingual role: you have professional-level fluency in both Spanish & English


Lead Teachers

  • Use FoodPrints curriculum to plan and lead preschool through 5th grade classes in gardening, cooking, eating and academic content in partnership with your school
  • Manage school garden and teaching kitchen/classroom
  • Provide direction and supervision for interns and parent volunteers
  • Assist with submission of grant reports,and complete documentation of lessons
  • Order all produce and ingredients for classes on a weekly basis using online ordering systems
  • Attend bi-weekly FoodPrints team meetings and other trainings and professional development opportunities

Assistant Teachers
  • Use FoodPrints curriculum to assist Lead Teacher(s) to create joyful & engaging FoodPrints experiences for preschool through 5th grade classes using gardening, cooking, eating and academic content, in collaboration with partner school
  • Support the management and maintenance of school garden and teaching kitchen/classroom
  • Collaborate with Lead Teachers to create successful working relationships with schools
  • Partner with and take direction from Lead Teachers and Instructional Support team and engage in professional development opportunities
  • Assist with data collection, grant reporting, and documentation of lessons
  • Attend bi-weekly FoodPrints team meetings and other trainings


  • Work with a collaborative, diverse, and supportive team passionate about food, gardening, and sustainability
  • Contribute to the growth of our program as we launch FoodPrints at new partner schools
  • Help FoodPrints blaze the path of food education forward through our new curriculum


  • Beginner to intermediate proficiency with GSuite (gmail, google drive, gcal, google docs & sheets)
  • DCPS clearance (free of charge; FoodPrints will provide support to navigate this process as needed)
  • Ability to lift, transport, or move objects up to 35 lbs, work outdoors and work in various weather conditions.
  • Access to transportation to and from assigned school site(s) and FRESHFARM Office
  • Access to a personal smartphone


  • This is a part-time, non-exempt position. Assistants are compensated at $20-$26 per hour; Leads are compensated at $27-$34 per hour.
  • Access to a FRESHFARM laptop or chromebook provided, if needed.
  • Working locations include assigned schools as well as the FRESHFARM office (655 New York Ave NW). The FRESHFARM office is currently closed except for essential work (supplies management & once monthly meetings); until then, and upon reopening, some work can also be done from home.
  • The individual in this role will be expected to work between Monday - Friday during normal business hours. Family classes held on the weekend and evenings may be scheduled on occasion by lead teachers.
  • Part-time employees receive paid leave as follows: 40 hours annual sick leave, 11 annual holidays (4 hours each), 40 hours of annual vacation leave, with an increase upon 3 years tenure. Typically, FoodPrints programming ceases & the FRESHFARM office closes during DCPS Winter Break, which includes additional paid time off for full-time, salaried staff.
  • The opportunity to continue through the summer and following years is contingent upon funding.



FRESHFARM is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and building an equitable and inclusive workplace for people of all backgrounds and experiences. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, veterans, and people with disabilities. We do not discriminate, and will take affirmative action measures to prevent discrimination against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability, or veteran status in the following areas: (1) Employment, recruitment, or advertisements for employment, (2) Compensation, termination, upgrading, and promotions, and/or (3) Any other conditions of employment.

Compensation this position is : hourly, $20/hr + Application instructions
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