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Teaching Garden Education Coordinator GrowNYC +8 more

  • Date Posted May 17, 2022
  • Location New York, NY
  • Category Agriculture
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

GrowNYC is a 51-year-old environmental nonprofit organization - helping more than 3 million New Yorkers by providing essential services and taking action to make NYC a livable city, one where every person can enjoy a healthier, more sustainable life.  

Our Programs:  

  • Our network of Greenmarkets, Farmstands, Fresh Food Box sites and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food. 
  • We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, as well as free training to make waste reduction easy for all. 
  • We build and support community and school gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, training, grants and more. 
  • We provide 70,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment. 
Job description

Note to applicants on COVID safety: GrowNYC is committed to

stopping the spread of Covid-19. All new hires must be able to provide

proof of COVID-19 vaccination during the onboarding process. Employees are also required to follow COVID safety protocols as the situation evolves, which may include daily health screenings, mask wearing, and other mitigation measures as deemed necessary by local conditions, mandates, and applicable guidelines.


Position Summary


GrowNYC is seeking an enthusiastic individual with strong experience in garden-based education to join the Teaching Garden team within GrowNYC’s Green Space Program. Reporting to the Program Manager, the Education Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the Teaching Garden’s school and public programming and the curricula and materials that support these. Applicants should have experience in urban agriculture and sustainability, environmental education, and be comfortable working outdoors in all conditions and with people of all ages and abilities. The successful candidate will be a capable self-starter, willing and excited to grow existing initiatives, develop new ideas, and expand the Teaching Garden’s offerings.


Education Coordinator Responsibilities:


· Recruit and schedule schools, summer camps, and senior tours for weekday structured and self-guided programing.

· Act as the primary contact for teachers and counselors bringing groups to the Teaching Garden.

· Lead regular hands-on garden-based lessons for visiting K-12 NYC public school students, campers, and senior citizens.

· Direct and train Garden Educators for weekly programing and curriculum implementation

· Coordinate daily site prep each morning and site clean-up/breakdown each afternoon

· Document field trip outcomes and impacts through teacher and student evaluations, surveys, and tracking

· Develop and implement creative grade-level lesson plans, activities, and recipes for school field trips.

· With the guidance of the Farm Coordinator, participate in all aspects of intensive organic vegetable production: planning, planting, harvesting, record keeping, pest/weed control, irrigation, and compost management.

· Assist with public outreach through weekly social media updates

· Partner with other GrowNYC educational initiatives on programming and outreach


Ideal Qualifications

· Knowledge of sustainable agriculture and urban sustainability

· Experience teaching youth and/or adults in a farm or garden setting

· Familiarity with the NYC school system

· Strong skills in program administration, communication and time management

· Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers and working with diverse communities

· Willingness to be in outdoor settings in hot/cold/rainy weather

· Familiarity with current software technologies and social media; preferred knowledge in Excel,and/or data management system

· Ability to work weekends on an occasional basis

· Basic gardening and carpentry skills a plus

· Valid Driver’s License for at least 1 year with a satisfactory driving record,


Physical Requirements

Ability to stand and walk for extended periods, and carry bulky and heavy items



This position is full-time (35 hours+) from March to November 15th and part-time from November to March. Some weekend work may be required.



This position pays $26/hour and includes benefits.

GrowNYC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer and hires without regard to race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation or physical disability.

Compensation this position is : hourly, $20/hr + Application instructions
this position has been filled
DeadlineMay 27, 2022

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