Farm to School Garden Educator


Company: Food Roots
Location: Tillamook OR
Compensation: $17.50/hour
Employment Type: Part-Time
Job Categories: Education, Nonprofit
Region: Coastal
Date Posted: July 1, 2019

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Who We Are:
Founded in 2006, Food Roots works to grow a robust and equitable food system in Tillamook county by engaging our community, supporting farmers and entrepreneurs, and improving access to locally produced food. We believe such a food system will lead to a healthier community, a stronger economy, and increased well being throughout our communities.

Position Description
Food Roots Farm to School program provides hands on, garden based lessons rooted in science content, local food tastings, farmer visits to classrooms, farm field trips, local food procurement support for school food buyers, and other farm to school related family and community engagement. Farm to School activities like these support student academic, social, emotional, behavioral and healthy habit development, and help families develop relationships with local food producers.

Employment Dates: Year-round

Start Date: August 2019. There will be an initial 90-day trial period for this position.

Hours: 20 hours/week year round. This is a permanent position and is dependent on available funding.

Compensation: This is a non-exempt position and starts at $17.50/hour. Food Roots provides nine paid holidays and paid time off by accrual basis.

Schedule and Location: This position is based out of our office in downtown Tillamook, and travel to school sites is required with travel reimbursement provided. For the 2019-2020 school year, the anticipated scheduled work days are Tuesday-Thursday with some evening and weekend events.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Cultivate a safe, engaging environment throughout all program activities that is responsive to the academic, behavioral, social, emotional and physical needs of participants while recognizing the diversity of backgrounds and experiences participants bring with them.

  • Teach hands-on, garden based lessons to K-8th grade classes, inside and outside, on a regular schedule following Food Roots’ garden science activity guide.

  • Assist and/or lead schoolwide tasting tables promoting local, regional, and Oregon produced foods.

  • Assist planning and facilitating farmer engagement activities for K-8th grade classes such as farmer visits to classrooms and field trips to local farms.

  • Assist planning and facilitating family engagement events such as Farm to School Month Local Food Open Houses.

  • Maintain strong relationships with teachers, administrators and staff, parents, and other community stakeholders and partners.

  • Collaborate with Food Roots staff, school staff, and parent and/or community volunteers to maintain school gardens.

  • Promote family and community engagement with Farm to School and other Food Roots programming.

  • Invite ongoing feedback from teachers, administrators and staff, parents and students.

  • Participate and help facilitate monthly school garden committee meetings, seasonal meetings with school administrators, and school staff meetings as determined.

  • Participate in weekly Farm to School team meetings and Food Roots staff meetings, and staff retreats and trainings as determined.

  • Keep garden and lesson materials well stocked and organized.

  • Complete monthly tracking forms and support data collection for program evaluation as needed.

  • Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrable commitment to Food Roots’ mission and values.

  • Demonstrable commitment to inclusive and responsive teaching practices.

  • At least 1-2 years working with elementary and/or junior high school students, preferably with a hands-on approach to learning including time in outdoor environments.

  • Experience working with diverse socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural groups.

  • Excellent communication, time management, organization skills and attention to detail.

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team to complete multiple projects on different timelines; ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and balance priorities.

  • Basic computer skills (Mac or PC, GMail), and familiarity with either GSuite (Google Docs, Sheets and Slides), or Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).

In addition to the qualifications above, we invite applicants who may have the following experience:

  • Higher education completion or coursework, or professional certification, in areas like elementary education, environmental or outdoor education, nutrition, agriculture, botany, or horticulture.

  • Experience growing organic vegetables in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Experience working in areas like school food service, food systems sustainability, and food security.

  • Familiarity with Common Core, STEM, and Next Generation Science Standards.

  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus!

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to operate a personal motor vehicle with travel to remote work sites.

  • Program activities include some evening and weekend events.

  • Occasionally lift up to 50 pounds; reach and grasp with arms and hands.

  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.