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Program Coordinator, Students Learn Urban Gardening (SLUG)

The Trustees is looking for a qualified candidate to coordinate and teach our Students Learning through Urban Gardening (SLUG) programs in Boston schools. SLUG is a school-based program that utilizes the school garden as an educational platform to enrich academic learning and empower youth to make healthy food choices. SLUG provides hands-on lessons for elementary students focused on gardening and nutrition. It is run by The Trustees in select Boston Public Schools. The program teaches elementary students about the environment, food, and nutrition through STEM-related lessons. SLUG also provides teachers with age-appropriate, in-school gardening lessons that support the core science curriculum and can be incorporated into their weekly lessons. The SLUG Coordinator is integral in teaching the lessons, scheduling school visit, supporting the school garden, and working with teachers to use the garden as a learning platform.

Duration of Employment and required hours:
The SLUG program follows the Boston public school calendar. This position is a part-time (approximately 20-24 hours a week), seasonal positon beginning in September and going through June. Work hours are primarily Monday through Friday during regular school hours. There may be occasional weekend or evening work required with advance notice.

Essential Functions:
• Design and lead age appropriate garden and nutrition based lessons that are hands-on and experiential with elementary students at participating Boston Public Schools.
• Conduct bi-weekly site visits to SLUG schools providing support and resources to Boston Public School (BPS) teachers.
• With the help of the Director of Education, develop and maintain curriculum and resources guides for participating teachers.
• Coordinate outreach and scheduling for site visits and offsite field trips.
• Support BPS teachers through modeling best practices and serving as a go to resource.
• Maintain inventory of gardening materials and order new supplies as needed
• Responsible for enriching the school garden through seasonal plantings and organizing maintenance needs.
• Participate in project planning meetings with the Director of Education.
• Assist in evaluation of the SLUG program and student learning outcomes.
• Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in environmental or agricultural education, the sciences, education or other relevant course of study is preferred but not required.
• 2-3 years of experience as a formal educator or informal educator with elementary school students, experience with urban students preferred.
• Proficiency with plant growth and garden concepts, vermiculture, raised-bed food gardening, and basic nutrition principles.
• Knowledge of the Massachusetts Science and Technology Frameworks preferred.
• A desire to share your passion for gardening and the natural world with children.
• Ability to work independently in an urban setting.
• Strong communication and computer skills required.
• Possess strong organizational skills, and contribute to a positive team environment.
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills and commitment to the Trustees mission.
• Familiarity with Boston Public School system a plus.
• Spanish fluency a plus.
• Satisfactory criminal background check (CORI and SORI)
• Reliable transportation, the successful candidate will be required to use their personal vehicle for travel across the city and state.
• Valid driver’s license required for driving TTOR vehicles

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