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This job expired on May 09, 2023

Garden Educator Chefs for Impact

  • Date Posted March 10, 2023
  • Location New York, NY
  • Category Agriculture / Education
  • Job type Part-Time
Company description

Chefs for Impact is a NYC based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization educating children and adults about the environmental and well-being impact of healthy and sustainable foods. It was founded by Olivia Chessé in March 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, to inspire a more intentional relationship with food in ways that are good for the planet, our health, and our taste buds.

Chefs for Impact collaborates with local schools and community centers and organizes food and wine events as well as online instructional material.

The organization is supported by some of the food industry’s leading authorities, Michelin starred chefs, and sustainability experts.

Job description

We are looking for a part-time Garden Educator (GE) to support our hands-on Garden education program. We’re seeking someone who is passionate about food and sustainability with skills/experience in gardening and education and would like to create an impact by educating through food. The GE will lead educational garden classes, maintain the space and lead outreach/volunteer events at our 3 edible garden locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The position reports to the Director of Programming and is 25-30 hours a week. 


Your Role & Responsibilities in raising awareness for a more sustainable the food system:


  • Opening and winterizing of the gardens
  • Maintain the gardens, storage, vermicomposters and equipment at each location and keeping them organized
  • Ensure that each garden is prepared for programming for the season and each class.
  • Carry out weekly upkeep visits at each location to clean up debris, maintain plants, compost, crop rotations, pruning, irrigation and pest management and ensure that it is prepared for both programming and events.
  • Manage and coordinate all garden outreach and volunteer events
  • Staying up to date with all gardens and recording a detailed plan to ensure plants are planted and harvested at the right time throughout the seasons


  • Teach and manage classes of 10 - 15 students across our partner schools and community centers in Manhattan and Brooklyn while maintaining the culture, routine and expectations of C41.
  • Create a robust curriculum that teaches students about urban ecosystems, the connection from seed to plate and create positive relationships with the environment. 
  • Empower students by leading lesson plans which help them connect their food with the world around them
  • Keep track of attendance, media privacy policies, and allergies of each student
  • Fill out Reports and KPI metrics


  • Provide logistical and facilitation support to the Director of Programming as needed 
  • Independently delegate tasks, coordinate and maintain effective communication with on-site staff, interns and volunteers to maintain gardens and complete lesson plans 
  • Attend weekly meetings with the Program Manager and share feedback in a clear and consistent manner.
  • Maintain and keep track of materials and equipment inventory at each location on a weekly basis 
  • Transport supplies, ingredients and equipment as needed for each workshop to and from locations.
  • Organizing all supplies needed for each class and requesting/purchasing supplies as needed
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the garden class budget and manage spending. 
  • Follow and enforce good safety and food sanitation practices 
  • Prep all supplies and ingredients needed for each class and cleaning up after each class
  • Be the point of contact for guest expert partners and volunteers

About you:

Passionate and knowledgeable about agriculture, food and sustainability

Prior gardening experience preferred

Prior teaching experience preferred

Demonstrate the ability to multitask and manage multiple projects at a time

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Eagerness to learn/ability to adapt to new processes and systems

Ability to work independently, creatively, and meet deadlines

Self-motivated and the ability to work alone, in a team, and in a variety of settings

Comfortable working with people of all ages, especially children

Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills

Positive attitude, energetic

Reliable, punctual and action driven

Proactive, flexible, and comfortable working in a start-up non-profit environment


Ability to work outdoors and tolerate varying weather conditions.

Ability to stand, stoop, reach and bend

Ability to stand for long periods

Ability to lift, push, and/or pull objects which may be approximately 50 pounds


Position Details:

Job type: Part-Time position (25-30 hrs/week) 

Based in the Lower East Side but will require travel to partner sites. 

The ideal candidate should be available to work weekdays and have relative flexibility to adapt to changing schedule needs.

Compensation: $22/hour

Start Date ASAP



Days off during school vacations/closures 

Monthly Unlimited Metrocard 

Compensation this position is : hourly, $20/hr + Application instructions
This job expired on May 09, 2023
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