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Creative Resourceful K-8 Garden Educator & Gardener
Life Frames, Inc.

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Creative Resourceful K-8 Garden Educator & Gardener

Life Frames, Inc.

Job Summary

Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 15 days ago
Job Role
Youth Specialist
Employer's Industry
Education, Nonprofit
Job Schedule
Weekdays, Mornings, Afternoons

Job Description

Creative and Resourceful K-8  Garden Educator  and Gardener To Teach-Ecology-Gardening-MultiArts-Literacy-Nutrition  AVAILBLE NOW !!!

compensation: TBD
employment type: part-time or full time - year round
non-profit organization

Reply to the Founder and Director with cover letter and resume

Job Description:

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:
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Business Overview

Our Story

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. 

Why Work With Us?

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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