Summer Environmental Educator


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Growing Gardens of Boulder
Seasonal
Job Overview

Do you LOVE being outside, working with children and exploring the natural world? Do you have experience or interest in working in a garden or farm setting?  Are you excited to work collaboratively to make camp memorable for children aged 5-11 years old? Do you love to laugh, run through the sprinklers, and eat from the garden? We are looking for high energy, upbeat, compassionate environmental educators to join our team for Growing Gardens summer camp!

Mission & History

Growing Gardens is a Boulder based non-profit organization established in 1998 with the mission to enrich the lives of the community through sustainable urban agriculture. Growing Gardens helps people experience a direct, deep connection with food, the land and each other through our programs for diverse populations: the Children’s Peace Garden (Ages 3-11), Community Classes, Community Gardens, Growing Gardens Food Project, and Cultiva Youth Project (Ages 12-18). Our activities are centered in the heart of Boulder on 11 acres of land that has been in agricultural use for the past 100 years. We expanded our programming in 2016 to include a one acre farm in neighboring Longmont, Colorado, which provides fresh produce and agriculture-based education to the Longmont community. To learn more about Growing Gardens, visit www.growinggardens.org

Summer Camp Description 

Children’s Peace Garden Summer Camp strives to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards through hands-on learning experiences in the garden. We’ve found that connecting children with their food has lifelong impacts on their health and eating choices. We offer week long, full day camps for nine weeks in the summer for youth aged 5-11. Each week has a unique theme such as urban farming, farm to table cooking, or survival skills.

Job Title: Summer Environmental Educator
Job Status: Full Time, Seasonal Summer Employee, Average 40 hours per week
Reports To: Summer Camp Coordinator
Pay: $560 per week 

Commitment:
Required Training: May 26-29, 8am-4pm. Training is paid hourly at $12.10 per hour.
Summer Camp Schedule: Summer Camp is weekly June 1st – Aug 7th.
We have 3 options for the summer teaching schedule:
4 weeks: June 1st – June 26th
5 weeks: July 6th – Aug 7th
9 week commitment: June 1st – Aug 7th. There is no Summer Camp June 29th – July 3rd. 

TO APPLY:

No phone calls please. Email your cover letter, resume and two references with “Summer Camp Application” in the email subject line to: [email protected]
Applications will be reviewed immediately until the position is filled.

Job Purpose: Growing Gardens’ Summer Environmental Educator works to deliver high quality summer camp education programs. Educators co-lead a group of 15 campers each week and teach them about our garden and all it has to offer through lessons, activities, crafts, games and basic cooking at our Boulder farm site.  Working with the Summer Camp Coordinator, educators are responsible for preparing camp and leading children through activities. Summer Environmental Educators are essential in setting and attaining programming goals and objectives and developing new curriculum.

Major Functions and Accountabilities

  • The Summer Environmental Educator reports to Summer Camp Program Coordinator
  • Works with fellow Summer Environmental Educators to prepare and lead week long summer camp
  • Teach garden-based education programming for children at the Boulder Farm
  • Maintain positive relationships with students, parents and fellow staff
  • Record keeping and administrative work documenting programming
  • This job is outside in all weather conditions and involves many contact hours with program participants

 

Required Qualifications

  • The candidate must have at least 460 hours of satisfactory and verifiable experience with school-age children.
    Please note: In your cover letter, indicate how you’ve met the 460 hours – hours must be with children aged 4-18 in groups of four or more. Babysitting hours cannot be counted.  
  • Experience teaching in an outdoor or environmental education setting
  • Exceptional relationship building skills
  • Strong conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with the Education Team
  • Adaptability to changing situations, needs of program participants and changing weather conditions
  • Willingness to joyfully work outside in all weather conditions
  • Consistent positive attitude and ability to enthusiastically work all day outdoors with children

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with organic gardening/farming highly desired