The Edible Schoolyard Garden AmeriCorps Member Job Description
The Garden AmeriCorps Member spends 1700 service hours refining garden maintenance and teaching skills, while engaging in the day-to-day responsibilities of maintaining the one-acre, organic Edible Schoolyard (ESY) garden. S/he assists in designing and teaching daily garden classes for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, participates in lesson and garden planning, and works with the ESY garden staff to develop and maintain a productive and educational one acre garden. The Garden AmeriCorps Member reports to the Garden Manager and Teacher.
About the Edible Schoolyard Project
The Edible Schoolyard Project (ESYP), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded by Alice Waters. ESYP’s mission is to build and share a national food curriculum for the education system. We envision this “edible education,” like physical education, as part of the core curriculum of every school in the country. By providing all students with a free, nutritious lunch and interactive experiences in kitchen and garden classrooms, edible education has the power to transform the health and values of every child in the United States.
The Edible Schoolyard at King Middle School in Berkeley is ESYP’s demonstration site and center for curriculum development. The Edible Schoolyard curriculum is fully integrated into the school day and teaches students how their choices about food affect their health, the environment, and their communities. At ESY, students participate in all aspects of growing, harvesting, and preparing nutritious, seasonal produce during the academic day and in after-school classes.
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Co-teach daily garden classes for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students
- Guide students in general maintenance of the garden with specific focus on compost, harvest, propagation, and cultivation.
- Mentor individual students in and out of class, model respect and curiosity for learning, and encourage students’ interests and talents
- In collaboration with co-workers, develop curriculum and co-teach lessons for adults participating in the annual Edible Schoolyard Summer Training and for students participating in the Edible Schoolyard summer program.
- Design and teach an after school class series once a year.
- Assist in supervising Internship programs, including designing garden and kitchen tasks and activities.
Lesson Development and Documentation
- Collaborate with garden staff in the development of garden lessons that are integrated with classroom teaching, ESY standards, and academic standards
- In collaboration with the garden staff, maintain and develop one of the four rotating garden responsibility areas: compost, propagation, animal care, and lesson development.
- Participate in propagation and greenhouse work, soil fertility, composting, crop rotation, garden planning, pruning, irrigation, pest and disease management and animal husbandry.
- Meet weekly with garden staff to identify and prioritize garden work, class preparation and other relevant tasks.
- Work independently during the summer to maintain the garden.
Communication and Outreach
- Maintain healthy relationships with ESY staff, King teachers and administrative staff, students, parents, neighbors, school garden and kitchen educators and ESY affiliates.
- Maintain an awareness of and actively participate in ESY events, school events and relevant community events.
- Participate in ESY staff meetings and professional development.
- Represent ESY program to the wider community.
Note: You must indicate your interest in the Edible Schoolyard Garden AmeriCorps position on the application in order to be considered.
The Edible Schoolyard Project believes that good food is a right, not a privilege. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage applicants from a diversity of backgrounds and from marginalized communities most impacted by an unjust food system.