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School Garden Coordinator

Moloka’i: Maunaloa School Garden Manager

The primary duty of the Garden Manager will be to oversee and manage a productive, organic fruit and vegetable garden while providing support to teachers as they utilize the space to accomplish learning objectives. The Garden Manager will work closely with administration and teachers, recruit volunteers to help maintain the school garden, create and foster community relationships, track the financial expenditures for the garden, and train school staff and volunteers in best practices for place-based, regenerative farming in school gardens. The timeframe of this position aligns with the 2022-2023 school year. Interviews will remain open until the right candidate is placed. 

 

Responsibilities

  • Maintain the garden with students and volunteers, which may include: weeding, planting, watering, maintaining irrigation system, IPM (Integrated Pest Management), compost maintenance, and fruit tree care
  • Create a planting plan that includes: crop rotation, planting logs and harvesting log
  • Create garden signage, which describes the different plants and areas of the garden
  • Coordinate needs and resource assessment activities on an ongoing basis, employing a variety of strategies and including a broad cross-section of stakeholders
  • Work with the school operations team to acquire tools, planting materials as necessary
  • Outline quarterly budgets for necessary items and keep garden related financial records
  • Work with school teachers to support garden curriculum that is NGSS based and connected to in-class learning objectives
  • Survey teachers about garden use and prepare activities and service-learning plans based on information provided
  • Assist with whole/half class sessions in the outdoor classroom(s)
  • Participate in ongoing documentation of student projects through photographs and transcriptions of student’s words
  • Help teachers assess the level of learning that is taking place in the garden
  • Encourage building stewardship in the garden space among students, staff and volunteers
  • Act as lead on school garden community workday(s) and coordinate service hours and/or parent volunteers
  • Assist with tracking specific grant metrics
  • Network with other school gardens and maintain consistent communication with partner organizations, such as Grow Some Good, and ask for support when needed
  • Attend school garden related workshops and professional development, as available
  • Support the ongoing nurturing of relationships to further integrate community members, businesses, volunteers and others based on student, school and community needs
  • Assist in creating a work plan for the garden for the next three years

 

Education and Experience

 

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in education or related field (Preferred) OR three (3) years of experience in K-6 classroom, public health, environmental education, social work, community development and/or leadership or equivalent 
  • Ability to care for and maintain an organic garden
  • Volunteer management experience (Preferred).
  • Experience organizing events and programs (Preferred)
  • Experience supervising interns and/or volunteers
  • Enthusiasm and demonstrated ability to work with children and adults
  • Ability to change priorities and multi-task with minimal supervision
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills and a strong work ethic
  • Can analyze and collaboratively problem solve issues
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, establish priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Working knowledge of personal computer software applications such as Word, Excel and Google Suite
  • Exhibit courteous and professional demeanor towards program participants, staff and administration, volunteers, and greater community via verbal, written, physical, and electronic correspondence
  • Physical ability to lift up to 40lbs of materials
  • In addition to the above requirements, staff members must meet the requirements of all hires, requiring a criminal background check and a negative TB test
  • Must be COVID-19 fully vaccinated