Youth Program Instructor
Additional Job Details
- International Applicants Allowed?
- Work Visa Sponsoring Available
We are looking for individuals interested in working as an educator in a hands-on, outdoor setting within a variety of our elementary educational programs. In the spring & fall, we host two after-school programs, lead Garden Classroom field trips, and run a Spring Break & Fall Break camp—all of which will be facilitated primarily by two instructors. During the summer, four instructors collaborate to implement our nine-week Summer Camp program. YGP Summer Camp provides much needed hands-on, high-quality child care for 1st – 6th graders during the summer break.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
SPRING & FALL
- Plan and lead activities for two After-School Programs.
- Develop and facilitate garden-based activities for Spring Break Camp & Fall Break Camp.
- Teach Garden Classroom Field Trips for all Grand County students (Preschool-6th grades) using YGP’s curriculum.
- Assist with our once a month Harvest of the Month garden-to-school nutrition education program during school lunches
- Four instructors will work as a cohesive team to run our nine-week Summer Camp program.
- Instructors will receive an in-depth training prior to leading camp on working with kids of different age groups in an outdoor setting.
- All instructors will plan, organize, and lead Summer Camp with guidance and support from the Youth Programs Director. Daily Summer Camp responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Ensure overall smoothness of the Summer Camp day including safety of campers
- Prepare materials for activities and snacks
- Manage groups of children while building relationships/rapport with them
- Lead two-three activities per day with co-instructors and facilitate free play
- Encourage campers to learn, have fun, and connect with the garden
- Communicate with parents/guardians
- Assist with creating experiential, fun, and educational activities related to each Summer Camp theme
- Provide positive and constructive feedback to co-workers
- Participate in debriefs with the programs team to provide reflection on day-to-day activities
Other Youth Program Duties
- Build relationships with the schools and teachers in addition to families of program attendees
- Utilize Positive Youth Development and restorative principles when engaging with students
- Assist the Youth Programs Teams with implementing secondary school programs as needed
- Develop & administer program evaluations and interpret data with Youth Programs Director
- Track numbers and compile other data for reporting & grant writing purposes
- Instructors must be at least 18 at the start of the season. Background check required.
- Instructors will work 35 hours per week on average during the spring/fall (schedule varies) and 38 hours per week on average during the summer (M-Th 8:30am-4:30pm, F 8:30-5:00). The majority of the work day, especially during the summer season, is spent working directly with elementary-aged kids.
- Instructors should expect to be outside the majority of the day, in all-weather types.
- YGP is involved in a series of local community events and fundraisers that instructors may be required to work during evenings or weekends (Plant Sale, Weed & Feeds, Garden Dinners, Harvest Fest, farm chores, etc.)
- Instructors must be certified in CPR and First Aid; certification opportunity will be provided if applicant is not already certified.
- Instructors should be a positive and enthusiastic team member throughout each season at the garden.
- Assist the Farm Team with farm duties, as needed based on season
Compensation & Other Benefits:
- $15/hour, 35-38 hours/week, varied by season
- Up to $100 reimbursed for relocation expenses (receipts required)
- 36 hours paid vacation time and 24 hours paid sick time
- Access to farm fresh produce as part of our staff CSA share and through produce discounts.
- Option to enroll in small group health insurance plan through Regence (75% of premium company paid; $237+/monthly value)
- Option to enroll in small group dental plan (100% employee paid)
- Option to enroll in 3% matching Simple IRA program
Professional Development Opportunities:
- Gain experience teaching elementary-aged students • Build your teaching skill set by leading hands-on science & nutrition lessons • Learn how to use a garden as a teaching tool • Build relationships with students, teachers, summer campers, & families • Write and implement creative lessons & activities • Have opportunities to connect children with gardens, food, & community • Learn about the nonprofit sector, especially about YPG as a nonprofit farm and educational space • And more!
- Responsible and reliable, with strengths in time management, prioritizing and delegating tasks
- Works well independently and in a team setting with an ability to communicate positively and effectively with staff and community members
- Demonstrates a strong work ethic and enthusiasm for the YGP mission
- Experience working directly with youth, an interest in experiential education, and a desire to work with children
- Problem solver who is flexible and able to improvise
- Hands-on agricultural/gardening experience and general knowledge preferred