Environment, Food and Garden Educator - AmeriCorps

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Oakland, CA, United States

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24 days ago

Work Environment: Fully On Site Site Visits

Education Award: $10,000 upon program completion

Benefits: Healthcare coverage (w/dental & vision), Education Award, student loan deferment, child care allowance, CalFresh, professional development budget ($100), industry networking.

This position is hiring for 3 Fellows for the 2022-23 program cycle.

About Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) - Central Kitchen, Education Center, and Instructional Farm (The Center)

The OUSD Central Kitchen, Education Center, and Instructional Garden/Farm (The Center) is a new facility located at 2850 West Street. While aligning with Nutrition Services and the school food production housed there, The Education and Community Programs Team collaboratively develops programs that link the environment, food, and gardens on site and for OUSD school sites.

The Center brings tremendous opportunity to Oakland students, families and staff in the areas of environment, food and gardens (EFG). The Center becomes the hub for this work and its alignment with the school meal program bringing fresher, less processed, and appealing food to our students. Programming takes place at The Center itself; at school sites; and in the Oakland community.

Position Overview & Description

This position will support student-facing programs, mainly field trips that take place on site at The Center 3 days per week. We are looking for support to do direct teaching, leading, and hands-on activities with students who come on site (focus on 3rd graders, 6th graders and high school students). This position will also support the outdoor spaces - like the greenhouse, garden, and compost systems. In addition, occasional support of school site activities throughout Oakland will be needed.


  • Be part of a team that plans for, preps for and leads environment, food, and garden field trips on site for OUSD students.
  • Support the outdoor environment of the site: instructional garden, greenhouse, compost systems, outdoor kitchen.
  • Support school sites throughout OUSD when needed around gardens, compost systems and education.
  • Support volunteers for site work days
  • Attend and participate in team meetings
  • Collect data to support all of the above

Desired Qualifications

  • Access to a car preferable, with the ability to bike or take public transportation if preferred sometimes too
  • Experience working with school-aged children, ideally doing some leading of activities or teaching (i.e. camp counselor)
  • Experience working in the Oakland community or a similar diverse, vibrant urban environment
  • Interest in direct teaching and hands-on activities with students for the majority of working hours
  • Interest and experience in gardens, food, and environment literacy
  • Ability to do garden work and food preparation work – including lifting, working with tools, getting dirty, etc
  • Spanish proficiency a plus but not required

Fellowship Experience at OUSD/The Center

We have a great support system in place with the Education and Community Programming Team at The Center- staffed by educators/teachers, public health administrator and nutrition staff. You will be part of weekly “huddle” meetings that occur to go over weekly activities, weekly trainings for different “corps” staff we have on site and at school sites and 1:1 meetings with supervisor. We also will provide opportunities that the District and local partners offer. The location is quite ideal if we do say so ourselves.


About Climate Corps AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Bay Area Community Resources and SEI partner to implement Climate Corps AmeriCorps, an award-winning fellowship program that provides professional development opportunities for emerging leaders through implementation of sustainability and resiliency projects with local governments, nonprofits, and educational institutions.

Upon completion of the term, CCAC Fellows receive a Segal Education Award of up to $6,495.00 in return for your service. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs. Fellows who complete a 1700-hour term also receive a California For All Award of $3,505.00 in cash for educational expenses.

To see a full list of climate, energy, and sustainability positions posted by Climate Corps, please visit here. We are constantly adding positions, so make sure to frequently check this site to see if there are new opportunities available.

Basic Eligibility

AmeriCorps fellows must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents
  • Have a high school diploma/GED
  • Be 17 years old or older
  • Pass state criminal and FBI background checks, and a national check in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry
  • Test negatively for tuberculosis if working with minors
  • Be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement

Bay Area Community Resources, the administrator of Climate Corps AmeriCorps, is an equal opportunity employer. We cultivate an environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all employees and National Service members. We are firmly committed to maintaining an atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. Therefore, we enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this equal opportunity policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.

Environment, Food and Garden Educator - AmeriCorps

Oakland Unified School District

2850 West Street Oakland CA 94608


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