Creative and Resourceful K-8 Garden Educator and Gardener To Teach-Ecology-Gardening-MultiArts-Literacy-Nutrition AVAILBLE NOW !!!
employment type: part-time or full time - year round
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Dynamic Teacher / Gardener For Middle School, plus K-5 Students: Organic Gardening / California Natives / Ecology / Multi- Arts / Technology / Literacy / Nutrition Teacher (part-time)
The dynamic, inspired, and cheerful, outdoor educator and expert gardener will be leading groups of K-8 students and teachers, some PreK, in hands-on learning and doing, in: organic and native gardening and tree planting, multi-arts including digital media, literacy and nutrition projects, as well as leading students in researching local ecology, history, watersheds, and existing local community, including its natural, multicultural, and built resources. You will be doing some student outreach and recruitment, attracting students for hands-on, learning programs, and leading gardening, related landscape, and arts activities as standards-based learning processes. You will be communicating about sustainability, ecological systems and native landscapes as well as performing community outreach activities with children and adults in ways that are fun, educational, and relevant. You will also help with some administration of program.
• The exceptional candidate must have at least a B.A. and knowledge of science, organic gardening, California native species, and the arts; digital media a plus ! MUST ALSO BE A GOOD GARDENER !
• Must have extensive experience teaching with excellent classroom management skills, including Elementary, Middle School and some High School students - working creatively and artistically with all learners with knowledge of Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
• Must be excellent and have ease in managing and leading groups of students with good classroom management skills in an outdoor setting
• Must have a dynamic, outgoing personality and ability to attract middle school youth's participation in hands-on afterschool and summer program and captivate and hold young students' attention
• Must be an excellent organic gardener, tree planter, and landscaper with knowledge of science including botany, cycles of life, insects, natural pest management, companion planting, California Native species, plant communities, nutrition and health
• Knowledge about San Francisco ecology and watershed systems very important !
• Must have excellent communication, writing, research skills & experience with curriculum development; knowledge of state standards a plus
• Must have an evolved aesthetic/design sensibility; ability to draw well is fantastic and able to make attractive digital flyers a real win; carpentry skills are desired; digital media, video & other art skills a real plus!
• Bilingual Spanish, Tagalog, Cantonese, or Mandarin, a real plus !!!
• Must be creative, hard-working, strong with a can-do attitude, a self-starter, resourceful, flexible, team player, good team teacher, and able to also take direction from the Director
• Ability & willingness to do some administrative work and social media !
• Must be able to do physical gardening work and be able to lift 40 lbs
This year-round position is a unique opportunity to work with a leading-edge, creative, environmental and educational nonprofit, Life Frames, Inc., dedicated to integrating community resources and creating transformative ecological and multicultural learning landscapes. Called A Living Library and Think Park, this program works with local schools and other community resources, to build on-site educational organic gardens and content-rich landscapes interlaced with other ecological elements, including the arts and digital technologies. A Living Library is linked to the curricula of the schools and animates all subjects through real-world experience. Students, together with adults, are involved in all aspects of the research, planning, design, implementation, use, maintenance, management and communications of the transformed learning environments and integrated community programs.
(Life Frames, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to establishing a team of staff and volunteers who reflect the multicultural and linguistic diversity of the communities that we serve.)
To find out more about A Living Library:
please visit our blog: www.alivinglibrary.org
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We incorporate local resources to transform diverse public spaces into place-based ecological learning landscapes.
Life Frames Inc. (LFI) & A Living Library (A.L.L.) are Cultivating the Human and Ecological Garden with all sectors of community!
A Living Library provides a powerful framework, methodology, and strategy for transforming barren, underused public places into living, learning, sustainable, and interactive narrative landscapes. These resulting Green Centers for Community become lush environments where we learn by participating in multiple interdisciplinary opportunities. A goal of Life Frames, Inc is to develop Branch Living Library & Think Parks locally and globally. The branches will be interconnected through green-powered digital gateways, bringing people from diverse cultures and ecologies together to learn from each other.
In NEW YORK CITY, LFI has a Branch Living Library & Think Park underway on Roosevelt Island and another being planned for Chinatown. At all Branches, students are engaged in integrated, hands-on, interdisciplinary, standards-based, learning opportunities. In SAN FRANCISCO, LFI also currently operates 3 Branch Living Libraries at 6 schools, bringing about place-based, ecological transformation in the Islais Creek Watershed (specifically Excelsior and Bernal Heights) and in the heart of Chinatown. In each community, students and caring adults focus on ecology, gardening, watersheds, literacy, multi-arts, technology, health, nutrition, youth leadership, and civic responsibility, amongst other subjects.
Life Frames is also engaged in another initiative in San Francisco to call attention to, and showcase the ISLAIS CREEK WATERSHED, which connects at least 11 communities in Southwest and Southeast San Francisco. LFI has been developing the Bernal Heights Living Library Nature Walk, linking schools, parks, streets, housing developments, and other open spaces with Native California Trees, understory, interpretive signage and other related elements, leading to the Islais Creek at the south side of St. Mary's Park. Thus far, thousands of California Native Trees and understory plants have been planted funded by CA Department of Forestry & Fire Protection and CA Strategic Growth Council and others. Next Phases will involve daylighting the Creek where possible and expanding the Nature Walk throughout the whole Islais Creek Watershed, developing resilient native landscapes interconnecting the Watershed communities.
Life Frames Inc and A Living Library provide leading edge educational and environmental transformation in communities integrated with hands-on learning for children, youth, and adults
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