GARDEN CAMP LEAD INSTRUCTOR

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School Garden Network (SGN) seeks an energetic, creative and compassionate individual to lead our Healthy Roots Garden Camp. SGN has been advancing garden and nutrition based learning in K-12 schools in Sonoma County for the past 17 years. We are thrilled to offer our first Garden Camp this July 2021 to provide a fun and safe way for children to get back together, to be in nature, and to learn through outdoor exploration, adventure and discovery.
The ideal candidate is driven, energetic, organized and creative; excels in an active work environment, is committed to equity in access to nature, and loves the outdoors. This person will work under the supervision of SGN’s Program Director, provide leadership and expertise in all aspects of the Healthy Roots Garden Camp program development, facilitate camp training for co-instructors, and engage with camp families. This position requires someone who can work in a fast paced environment, who can be on their feet all day, and who can lift up to 50 pounds.

Lead Instructor Duties:
Plan and deliver a diversity of daily summer camp programs for rising 3rd thru 6th graders
Create safe, fun and educational outdoor opportunities
Supervise and facilitate quality camp programming
Develop, plan, teach and lead engaging activities related to natural science, gardening, cooking and natural arts & crafts
Facilitate a wide range of activities including group games, adventure scenarios, leadership skills, crafts, nature hikes and other hands-on activities
Maintain excellent rapport and constant communication with parents of camp participants on a daily basis
Share and communicate teaching responsibilities and planning with co-instructors, and provide support to them.
Maintain excellent communication with SGN Program and Executive Directors
Act as a professional representative of School Garden Network
Participate in all scheduled camp staff training sessions and camp events
Consult with the Garden Educator at camp host school and maintain excellent communication with their school garden staff.
Learn and comply with all County Covid related regulations

Requirements and Qualifications:
Must be at least 21 years old
Previous experience working with elementary children in a school garden setting is a must
Experience working in summer camps, environmental education, outdoor education is preferred
Passion for garden-based education and for the mission of School Garden Network
Excellent organizational skills and ability to coordinate groups of diverse participants
Experience developing curriculum or programs is a must
Passionate about food and environmental education
Strong supervisory skills- including the ability to provide constructive feedback
Flexibility and willingness to adapt to and facilitate change
Excellent group communication skills
Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
Ability to carry bulky, heavy teaching equipment (up to 50 lbs.)
Ability to lead field trips over diverse terrain in all weather conditions
Current driver’s license and access to transportation is a must
Current First Aid and CPR certifications a must, or willing to obtain
General computer literacy including ability to use Microsoft Office programs and Google Suite
Spanish language and cultural competency is a plus
Great communication skills (both written and oral) and the ability to interface with the public

Compensation & Work Schedule
Seasonal position
Compensation:$30 per hour
Phase 1: Part-time and remote.
Program Development: Remote work up to 30 hours. Position is supported by SGN Program Director and other SGN staff.
Interview and hire teaching team
Manage camp registration
Coordinate teacher training
Communicate with the camp site’s school garden educator to plan and prioritize summer activities
Plan the curriculum and sequence of each week of camp
Phase 2: Full time and onsite. 160 hours.
CAMP: June 28- Aug 2.
Facilitate teacher training & set up site (3 days the week of June 28th)
Manage 4 teachers, as well as lead your own small group of campers, M-F 8:15am-4:45pm from July 5-July 30.
Act as the primary point of parents during camp.
Phase 3: Part time. Remote.
Wrap-up and program evaluations (Up to 5 hours total)

Application: To apply, please send resume and cover letter to info@schoolgardens.org
Application deadline: April 2, 2021 or until filled.
Interviews begin the week of April 12th.
Position begins May 3, 2021.

To apply for this job email your details to info@schoolgardens.org