Edible Schoolyard Gardener Job Description

Location: Berkeley, CA
Who We Are:

The Edible Schoolyard Project (ESYP) is dedicated to transforming the health and wellness of children in the Bay Area and beyond. By designing hands-on experiences in our garden, kitchen, and cafeteria we connect children to food, nature, and one another. At the heart of an Edible Education is a dynamic and joyful learning experience for every child. The Edible Schoolyard Project was founded in 1995 by Alice Waters, the sustainable agriculture champion, school food reform advocate, and founder of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, CA.

What it Means to Work Here

When you join our team, you are part of a curious, collaborative, equity-focused team that appreciates creativity and finds joy in our collective mission. At the Edible Schoolyard Project, the student is the center/focus in every decision that is made. We are deeply committed to providing an Edible Education using a whole-child educational model which teaches life skills, academics, environmental stewardship, and health in the garden and kitchen classroom. Our work environment appeals to those who enjoy working independently and as part of a team and are able to communicate and engage the ESYP vision.

Position Description
The ESYP Gardener works with ESYP staff to develop and maintain a productive and educational one-acre garden classroom on the King campus. This is a part-time contract position of 16-20 hours per week at a rate of $23 per hour until June 30, 2020, with the possibility of extension.
Duties include but are not limited to:


  • Participate in general garden maintenance including, but not limited to, watering, propagation, greenhouse work, cultivating soil fertility, composting, crop rotation, pruning, weeding, irrigation, pest and disease management and animal husbandry 
  • Weekly meetings with garden staff to identify and prioritize garden work, class preparation and other relevant tasks
  • Independent work during the summer to maintain the garden 

Communication and Outreach

  • Participate in ESYP garden staff meetings and provide updates around general garden maintenance and needs
  • Maintain healthy relationships with ESYP staff, King teachers and administrative staff, students, parents, neighbors, school garden and kitchen educators and volunteers 
  • Work in tandem with garden volunteers on an as-needed basis
  • Collaborate with garden staff to organize grade-level family work events in the garden
  • Maintain an awareness of and actively participate in ESYP events, school events and relevant community events
  • Give and receive feedback to promote effective team building and communication 
  • Represent ESYP in the community 

Leadership & Training

  • Collaborate with ESYP staff and partners on social justice and anti-oppression practices and policies 
  • Participate in relevant staff professional development 


  • Model respect and curiosity for learning and encourage students’ interests and talents
  • Collaborate with the garden team to help facilitate the garden Independent Work Experience (IWE) program 
  • Support the garden team in designing and teaching one after-school class series 
Desired Qualifications

The Strongest Candidate:

  • Has experience working as part of a team
  • Has a strong passion for creating a more equitable and just food experience for students 
  • Has an innovative mindset and the ability both to “dream big” and to be mindful of day-to-day operational needs
  • Is comfortable modeling respect and encouraging students’ interests and talents
  • Has a curiosity for learning
  • Appreciates repetitive tasks and is comfortable maintaining outdoor spaces and organizing materials
  • Has experience working with collaborative teams on diverse projects
  • Is comfortable with rapidly changing environments and experiences
  • Demonstrates commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion 

Experience and Training:

  • Two years of experience working on a farm or garden 
  • Demonstrated experience working with youth, preferably in a school garden setting

While performing the responsibilities of this position, the ESYP Gardener will regularly:

  • Work with frequent interruptions 
  • Exercise a variety of tasks, sometimes simultaneously
  • Stand, stoop, reach and bend 
  • Use arms to reach and hands to grasp and manipulate large and small objects
  • Stand for long periods at a time
  • Walk long distances
  • Lift, push and/or pull objects whose weight may approximate or exceed fifty pounds
  • Work with, and/or in close proximity to, equipment with moving mechanical parts
  • Work outdoors in diverse weather conditions
  • Work in close proximity to loud noises
What We Offer

The Edible Schoolyard Project offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.

The Edible Schoolyard is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Application Information

To apply, please submit a cover letter and résumé via email to jobs@edibleschoolyard.org by October 25th.

No phone inquiries or drop-ins, please.