School Garden Coordinator - AmeriCorps
San Jose, CA, United States
24 days ago
Work Environment: Fully On Site
Term: September 2022 – July 2023; 1700 hours; 40 hours/week
Benefits: Healthcare coverage (w/dental & vision), Education Award, student loan deferment, child care allowance, CalFresh, professional development budget ($100), industry networking
About KIPP Prize School
KIPP Prize is a 5-8 charter middle school that opened in 2014 and serves 415 students.
At KIPP Prize we know that some of the most competitive and robust opportunities in life and career exist in our own backyard, and we prepare our students to be able to access those opportunities. We provide a rigorous literacy-based, college prep curriculum combined with an emphasis on personalized learning, character, and a diverse range of cultural and enrichment experiences to enable our students to access the opportunities in the Silicon Valley and beyond.
We believe that an excellent school is built when a thriving student and staff culture work in tandem, to climb the mountain to college. The journey to college-readiness has its challenges. In partnership with our engaged and active families, we persist by approaching each day of each year with joy and love, drawing on our most joyful and creative moments and keeping our eyes on the prize of our choice.
KIPP has a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Read more about our commitment here.
Position Overview & Description
The school garden coordinator will be responsible for bringing the vision of a working school garden to life. The garden will be a place for sustainable education, food equity and real life skills. The garden will also serve as a therapeutic space and support a vision for sustainability and food equity in our community.
- Work closely with school principal to co-create the vision for the school garden and continued benefit for the school community
- Continue to evolve a 6-bed garden including planning and maintenance in the beginning stages of implementation. Continue to build out the infrastructure including planting, irrigation and some building.
- Work with small groups of students during the school day in the school garden on gardening tasks
- Work outdoors year round, mostly independently.
- Coordinate with our after school program, and manage the school garden club with middle school students.
- Build and maintain a parent volunteer program.
- Establish community based partnerships that benefit the school garden.
- Compost program: manage school lunch compost program including compost maintenance.
- Expected schedule: At the school site daily (10:00 am - 6:00 pm)
- Ensure that students have access to a positive and productive learning environment by enforcing all campus safety rules and behavior expectations
- Demonstrate the school values and support students in doing the same
- Preferred: At least 2-3 years of facilitation or teaching experience with youth aged 10-14 (outdoor group management experience preferred)
- Preferred experience working with school gardening programs
- At least a high school diploma or equivalent is required
- Knowledge of gardening, specifically knowledge of innovative and green practices
- Knowledge and skills in small-scale organic food production or home gardening
- Knowledge of or interest in topics including urban gardening, 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
- Regular and reliable attendance and dependability
- Spanish speakers are preferred
Fellowship Experience at KIPP Prize School
- A Prize employee receives robust professional development including weekly coaching meetings, weekly professional development and training in the Summer.
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.
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.
School Garden Coordinator – AmeriCorps
KIPP Prize School
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