Garden Educator

Position Description

The Garden Educator’s primary responsibility is to work with Big Green’s Program Team and serve as the main point of contact for +/- 30 local schools with Learning Gardens. This position requires exceptional communication and leadership skills, as the Garden Educator will develop strong working relationships with school administration, teachers and members of their schools communities. Garden Educators support school Garden Teams and focus on building teacher and student knowledge and confidence so that they can successfully grow vegetables and teach in their Learning Gardens. Garden Educators will lead planting and harvesting days at schools and facilitate teacher professional development workshops and Garden Team meetings. There is also a strong administration component to this job including ongoing implementation, development, and evaluation of Big Green programming in Detroit. Big Green provides training and resources to the Garden Educator for use in program implementation in local schools. Garden Educators must be flexible, team-focused, collaborative, detail-oriented, professional, courteous, highly organized, determined, and self-motivated. Applicants with strong communication skills that wish to inspire Learning Garden communities and work closely with a team in a fast-paced environment are encouraged to apply. Garden Educators report to the Regional Program Manager.

Position Responsibilities

• Work with Regional Program Team to achieve defined seasonal goals and prioritize efforts to drive social impact in all Learning Gardens.

• Build relationships and maintain ongoing communication via email, phone and in-person meetings with teachers, principals, administrators, other school staff, volunteers and parents at +/- 30 local schools.

• Administer the Edible Garden and Garden-Based Education Initiatives including the Detroit Annual Garden Plan and Standard Program Model services.

• Coordinate and lead events for diverse populations of teachers, parents, community members and students at schools with Learning Gardens:

  • All programmatic elements for the installation of new Learning Gardens

  •  Planting and harvest days at schools with Learning Gardens

  • Professional development teacher workshops covering gardening skills, garden-based curriculum, harvesting techniques, cooking demos and recipe

  • Work with regional and national Program Team members to implement, develop, and evaluate Learning Garden programming in region

• Represent Big Green through tabling, presentations, and facilitating activities at schools and community events.

Required Qualifications

• Minimum of Bachelor’s degree

• Excellent teamwork skills

• Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking

• Strong planning and organizational skills. Interest in and ability to multi-task and coordinate several major activities simultaneously

• Proficient in various computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Excel and Powerpoint, email communication, knowledge or interest in data management software (i.e., Salesforce)

• Experience working in urban agriculture and/or farming

• Experience and ability to work with diverse populations, including youth and adults

• Understanding of cultural competency and social context regarding individuals’ relationships with food

• Knowledge of topics including urban agriculture, botany, horticulture, environmental science, health & nutrition, environmental & social justice, food systems, and food access


Preferred Qualifications

• Formal or informal teaching experience

• Experience in the education and/or community development fields

• Experience with nutrition education, healthy cooking and/or food prep 

• Familiarity with data management software


Physical Requirements

• Access to a vehicle with light hauling capacity

• Occasionally lift and carry objects up to 50 pounds

• Occasionally reach and grasp with arms and hands

• Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions

Please attach both your resume and cover letter to your application.


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