GrowNYC is a 53-year-old environmental nonprofit organization - helping more than 3 million New Yorkers by providing essential services and taking action to make NYC a livable city, one where every person can enjoy a healthier, more sustainable life.
- Our network of Greenmarkets, Farmstands, and the work of Wholesale ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.
- We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, as well as free training to make waste reduction easy for all.
- We build and support community and school gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, training, grants and more.
- We provide 70,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.
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Education Coordinator: Full Time
GrowNYC is seeking an enthusiastic individual with strong experience in garden-based education to join our Teaching Garden team. Reporting to the Program Manager, the Education Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing school and public programming, and supporting curricula. Applicants should have experience in urban agriculture, sustainability, environmental education, and be comfortable working outdoors in all conditions and with people of all ages and abilities. The successful candidate will be a capable self-starter, willing and excited to grow existing initiatives, develop new ideas, and expand the Teaching Garden’s offerings.
Education Coordinator Responsibilities (Including but are not limited to):
- Lead hands-on garden-based lessons for visiting all visiting groups (including K-12 NYC public school students, college groups, fellow non-profits, and senior citizens), typically 4-6 groups per week.
- Train and schedule Garden Educators for weekly programing and curriculum implementation.
- Coordinate daily site prep each morning and site clean-up/breakdown each afternoon.
- Develop, oversee, and promote programming and schedule of events for public weekend visitors.
- Develop and lead professional development events for teachers.
- Recruit and schedule all visiting groups for guided and self-guided programming.
- Serve as the primary contact for visiting groups.
- Document field trip outcomes and impacts through evaluations and surveys.
- Expand upon current creative grade-level lesson plans, activities, and recipes for school field trips.
- Coordinate with on-island partners including but not limited to the Trust for Governors Island, El Puente, Earth Matter, and the Bee Conservancy on collaborative climate awareness programming.
- Partner with other GrowNYC initiatives on programming and outreach
- With the guidance of the Farm Coordinator, participate in all aspects of intensive organic vegetable production: planning, planting, harvesting, record keeping, pest/weed control, irrigation, and compost management one - two days per week.
- Assist and lead groups of corporate volunteers through garden tasks.
- Knowledge of sustainable agriculture, urban sustainability, climate awareness
- 3+ years of experience teaching youth and/or adults in a farm, garden, or other non-formal education setting
- Familiarity with the NYC school system
- Strong skills in program administration, communication, and time management
- Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers and working with diverse communities
- Willingness to be in outdoor settings in hot/cold/rainy weather
- Familiarity with current software technologies and social media; preferred knowledge in Excel, and/or data management system
- Basic gardening and carpentry skills a plus
This position requires the ability to stand and walk for up to 8 hours in all types of weather conditions (sometimes extreme) and lift heavy/bulky equipment and supplies, up to 50 lbs.
This position is full-time (35-40 hours), Monday - Friday. Occasional weekend work may be required. The start date for this position is March 1st, 2024.
The position is a non-exempt, full time, and the salary ranges from 50K-53K per year and includes benefits. This position is union eligible.
Work will be performed at the Teaching Garden on Governors Island, our office, located at 100 Gold Street in Manhattan, as well as GrowNYC programming sites citywide, and occasional remote work.