Program Assistant

At Big Green, collaboration and community are fundamental to our success. We create a healthier future for kids by connecting them to real food through a nationwide network of Learning Gardens and food literacy programs in schools. Nationwide, more than 250,000 children walk onto a Big Green schoolyard every day—and the organization continues to grow! Learn more about our work at
Position Description

The Program Assistant’s primary responsibility is to support Big Green’s Program and help carry out the Edible Garden Initiative by working with schools’ Garden Teams to ensure they have the skills, materials, personnel, and confidence to successfully grow vegetables and teach in their Learning Gardens. This includes primarily working with Big Green’s Garden Educators and helping lead planting and harvest days at schools with teachers and students. This is an opportunity for individuals interested in working with schools, in the nonprofit sector, and the sustainable food sector, while also making a positive impact on developing a real food culture in communities. The Program Assistant reports to the Regional Program Manager.

This is a one year contract, part-time, hourly paid position, great for someone with a flexible schedule.

The weekly work schedule is dependent on the number of school events scheduled per week.

Weekly schedules may be affected by inclement weather. The job will require, but not guarantee, 10 to 20 hours of work per week seasonally during our busy months, March, April, May, September, October and November.

There will be opportunities to work in January, February, June, July and August, although they are less frequent.

Candidates must be available from as early as 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM and/or 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM at least 2-3 days per week.

Position Responsibilities

  • Work with Memphis Program Team to achieve defined seasonal goals, and prioritize efforts to promote community through food in all Learning Gardens.
  • Support Garden Educators at school events with diverse populations of teachers, parents, community members and students at schools with Learning Gardens.
  • Help lead Planting Days and Harvest Days alongside Big Green Garden Educators, which includes teaching K-12 students how to plant and harvest fall, spring and summer crops. 

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum High School Diploma 
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • Organized, able to manage priorities
  • A reliable go-getter with a can-do spirit
  • Valid drivers’ license, and access to a vehicle 
  • Candidates must be available and from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM and/or 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM at least 2-3 days per week.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest or experience working with children in an educational setting.
  • Interest or experience instructing and guiding garden demonstrations with children and/or adults.
  • Familiarity with small-scale organic food production or home gardening.
  • Familiarity with urban garden, botany, environmental science, health and nutrition, environment and social justice, food systems, and food access. 
  •  Ability to work with diverse populations, including youth and adults.
Physical Requirements
  • Occasionally lifts and carries objects up to 50 pounds.
  • Occasionally stoops and bends.
  • Occasionally reaches and grasps with arms and hands. Work involves exposure to outdoors including warm and cold weather.
Big Green is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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