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School Garden Educator

Primrose Hill School

Rhinebeck, NY, USA

Part time

Arts

Jul 25

Waldorf Inspired School Garden Educator 

Job Description 

The Garden Educator is a part-time position that offers support to teachers and students to ensure that Primrose Hill School can maximize the educational potential of the garden. 

The Garden Educator leads gardening classes, while providing some professional development training for teachers in the process. 

The Garden Educator acts as a resource for teachers as they plan their own cross-curricular lessons in the outdoor classroom, and models skills that teachers need to feel comfortable using the garden to teach science. 

The Educator: 

• Facilitates gardening classes, incorporating both environmental science and nutrition education as they relate to the garden; 

• Works with classroom teachers to develop lessons that support classroom teaching in a range of curriculum areas (science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, etc.)

• Oversees and coordinates students’ hands-on experiences in the garden (planting, tending, harvesting and cooking); 

• Builds involvement in and commitment to the school garden within the school community, including teachers, administrators, students, parents and community volunteers; 

• Builds capacity within the school by co-teaching with classroom teachers (when possible), and developing teacher skills in outdoor classroom management techniques; 

• Maintains the garden, coordinating volunteers and working with administration to secure all needed supplies; 

• Leads a group of students in garden-related action projects

Job Responsibilities: 

• Facilitate 4-5 garden-based education classes per day, two days each week; 

• Manage the school garden, plan and prepare for garden work activities, manage planting schedule, ensure availability of tools and other necessary materials; 

• Maintain open garden time schedule for teachers; 

• Attend school wide staff meetings 2x month; 

 • Coordinate community garden events to bring students, families, teachers and community members together; 

• Coordinate school-wide garden events, in which students prepare and serve garden-grown salad for the entire school at lunch; 

• Monitor, document and report on activities and extent of student and teacher participation; 

Desired Experience:

• At least 2-3 years of facilitation or teaching experience with youth aged 5-12 (outdoor group management experience preferred); 

• Knowledge and skills in small-scale organic food production or home gardening; 

• Knowledge of or interest in topics including gardening, biodynamic agriculture, botany, environmental science, health and nutrition, food systems, food access; 

• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults; 

• Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking skills; 

• Ability to work independently and be flexible; 

• Computer skills and project management skills.

Primrose Hill School offers a compensation package that includes generous time off, financial support for professional development, mentorship, healthcare benefits and more. We are committed to enriching our educational environment and culture through the diversity of our employees. We actively seek systemically excluded communities in our applicant pool, including but not limited to BIPOC and/or LGBTQIAP2+ candidates. Applicants are required to submit a resume, cover letter, and two references (one must be a professional reference). Please submit by email to administration@primrosehillschool.com and indicate position of interest in the email subject line.

A Little Bit About Primrose Hill School...Located on a 7.5 acre parcel of land with a small working farm, in the Village of Rhinebeck, Primrose Hill School educates the whole child – the head, the heart and the hands – in order to cultivate each child’s unique capacities, create a deep connection to the natural world, and ultimately provide a strong foundation for contributing creatively, cooperatively and compassionately to a rapidly changing world. Through a curriculum inspired by Waldorf philosophy, PHS instills a life-long curiosity and love of learning, a deep knowledge of the arts, sciences, language, music and agriculture, and an ability to respond with adaptability, integrity and self-knowledge to all opportunities and challenges that arise. 

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