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 snacks from the garden? We are looking for high energy, upbeat, compassionate environmental educators to join our team for Growing Gardens summer camp in 2021! ****
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 **
Required Training : June 1-4, 8am-4pm. Training is paid hourly at $12.32 per hour.
Summer Camp Schedule:* Summer Camp is weekly June 1st - Aug 13th.
There is no Summer Camp July 5th-9th, but there will be 3 days of mid-season prep July 7th-9th.
No phone calls please. Email your cover letter, resume and two references
with “Summer Camp Application” in the email subject line to:
Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until February 15th, so we recommend getting your application in as soon as possible. Position will remain open until filled.
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 candidate must have at least 460 hours of satisfactory and verifiable experience working 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
A note about working with us in the time of Covid-19:
Like everyone around the globe our operations have been challenged by this pandemic. We are asking for a few commitments and understandings from our interns and staff during this time that are not typically a part of this experience. They are:
Growing Gardens is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all participants. Growing Gardens stands in solidarity with communities and individuals around the world who have experienced the devastation of racism, inequality, and violence. We are an organization that strives to be inclusive and to bring all members of the community together to create positive change. We acknowledge that we have room to grow to continue to diversify and serve our community better. As we work diligently to develop a plan for the future, we are taking action now to further educate our team of staff, have difficult conversations within our leadership team, and create an action plan to identify and fill our shortcomings. We will continue to stand and advocate for those who have faced inequality and will strive to continue to create a safe and inclusive community for all.
Growing Gardens prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment and will take affirmative measures to ensure against them, especially if they are carried out on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, neurodiversity, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation or political affiliation. This policy applies to all employees or potential employees, volunteers, participants, members of the Growing Gardens Board of Directors, people who serve on Growing Gardens’ committees, and anyone attending Growing Gardens’ events. This policy extends to all aspects of employment at Growing Gardens, including hiring, transfer, promotion, training, working conditions, policies, compensation, evaluation, discipline and termination.
Boulder, CO, USA