Garden Program Coordinator/ AmeriCorps

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The Children’s Aid Society’s Go! Healthy department is seeking a dynamic Program Coordinator to lead our gardening program throughout the spring, summer and fall months. During these months, gardening becomes an integral component of the Go! Chefs program, our hands on cooking and nutrition education program. The ultimate goal of our gardening program is for young urban children and adolescents to experience the joys of “working the earth”, growing their own food, and “reaping what they’ve sowed” through harvesting and cooking their own crops; a true “seed to table” experience. We also aim for students to embrace fresh fruits and vegetables and working outside.

The gardening program takes place at gardens in Children’s Aid Society community schools and centers in East/Central Harlem, Washington Heights and The South Bronx. Gardening classes incorporate getting dirty through hands-on gardening experiences and plant science education to groups of about 15 students at each site. The program runs concurrently at 8 different sites.

The responsibilities of the Garden Coordinator will include but limited to the following:

• Create, review, revise and modify outdoor and indoor gardening curriculum as needed
• Lead curriculum trainings for and provide supervision of garden instructors and interns
• Coordinate day-to-day logistics of various garden sites including communication between site/program directors and Go! Chefs manager/Go! Healthy director
• Track class schedules, utilization numbers and conduct on site visits and class observations to ensure program fidelity and success
• Collaboration with other well established garden/nature education programs such as: GrowNYC, TreesNY, Bronx Green Up, NY Restoration Project, Green ThumbNYC, NYBG, NYC Parks & Rec, etc.
• Manage all aspects of garden maintenance which includes: spring preparation, ordering/purchasing of garden/educational material, equipment/tools, maintaining inventory, fall/winter preparation and overall development of all garden sites
• Coordinate educational field/farm trips and collaborative group projects
• Facilitate integration of cooking activities between Go!Chefs and Gardening instructors
• Teach a minimum of two garden education classes
• Reporting and problem solving to and with the Go!Chefs manager/Go! Healthy team

Candidate must have the following skills and qualifications:

• Experienced, dynamic and creative youth education program coordinator
• A solid knowledge of gardening, urban farming, plant science, healthy cooking/nutrition and an awareness of food justice issues
• Energetic and effective communicator with the ability to connect with both young people and adult instructors from diverse backgrounds, communities and perspectives
• Excellent time management skills
• Highly organized and able to work independently
• Reliable, dependable and a good communicator
• Experience working in the communities we a plus
• Bilingual (Spanish) a plus

Please upload a cover letter and resume below:

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted

Children's Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer

Hours per Week: 
20
Full or Part Time: 
Part Time
Salary or Hourly: 
Hourly
Location: 
New York City
Minimum Education: 
HS Graduate or GED
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