Edible Schoolyard Assistant Teacher
The Assistant Garden Teacher supports the Garden Manager, Garden Teacher, and Chef Teacher in all aspects of The Edible Schoolyard, assists in the leadership of garden and kitchen classes and field trips, acts a greeter to guests visiting the garden, and works with the Garden Manager to maintain the garden, animals, and garden exhibits. This position typically requires between 5 and 20 hours per week. The majority of hours occur on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with a small number of hours available during the week.
Reports to: The Edible Schoolyard Director
Position Status: Non-exempt, Part-time
Roles and Responsibilities
- Work alongside Chef Teacher and Garden Teacher during programs.
- Learn curriculum and lead field trips for children ages preK – 12th grade.
- Conduct scheduled and unscheduled tours of the garden and kitchen.
- Make suggestions for and carry out short garden activities and tastings.
- Ensure the safety of visitors by routinely locking all garden gates and the tool shed when ESY staff is not in those areas, looking for and addressing inappropriate behavior in the garden, and providing guidance to visitors on how to play in the garden space.
- Care for rabbits and chickens including feeding, watering, collecting eggs, replacing bedding, and reporting incidents of illness to the Garden Manager.
- Perform typical garden maintenance under the direction of the Garden Manager including: weeding, watering, planting, pruning, path raking, mulching, pond maintenance, and exhibit maintenance.
- Act as a resource to weekend garden volunteers.
- Ensure the safety of guests by keeping the patio door to the kitchen locked when a program is not in session, checking to be sure the main gas valve is turned to the off position when not in use, and enforcing kitchen safety rules when the kitchen is being used.
- Wash, date, and refrigerate eggs collected each day.
- Perform typical kitchen maintenance under the direction of the Chef Teacher including: dishes, cleaning appliances, and all surfaces, assisting with inventories, harvesting, and prepping food for upcoming classes.
- Greet visitors.
- Provide guided experiences for families with tastings, chickens, and rabbits under the guidelines established by the Garden Manager.
- Maintain a working knowledge of the garden, kitchen, and upcoming programs to answer questions and provide information to visitors.
Aside from the aforementioned roles and responsibilities, all GCM staff members are asked to provide assistance when needed to support the GCM team in furthering its mission of promoting learning through play. This may include, but is not limited to: providing back-up on other GCM programming, sitting on ad hoc committees for events, and relationship building.
- Sincere appreciation for work in environmental education and edible education and commitment to local food and the seed to table philosophy
- Able to demonstrate knowledge of NC Piedmont growing conditions and seasonality – gardening experience preferred
- Teaching experience preferred
- Demonstrated creative problem solving skills
- Ability to work and multi-task within an active museum environment
- Ability to interact with visitors and family groups
- Be familiar with environmentally friendly techniques, such as composting and rainwater collection
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 20, 2012. No phone calls please.