Seeking: Part-time, Seasonal Garden Educator, Healthy Harlem
Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) is a multi-program community organization that
provides a unique and comprehensive network of education, social-service,
recreation and health programs to more than 22,000 children and adults in
Central Harlem. The majority of the children HCZ works with go to public
schools and attend its engaging after-school programs. Nationally and
internationally recognized, HCZ has been lauded by The New York Times as “one
of the most ambitious social-policy experiments of our time.”
Healthy Harlem is a program within HCZ that is designed to instill a culture
of healthy living throughout the Zone. Our programming includes nutrition,
fitness, gardening, and teen sexual health.
We are seeking two part-time, seasonal Garden Educators to work with our team
at selected HCZ sites with elementary-aged students. This position offers an
opportunity for meaningful gardening and teaching experience for the right
candidate. You will be the primary point person for two HCZ garden locations.
We are seeking passionate and enthusiastic lovers of growing food who want to
share their knowledge with others. The Garden Educators will plan and teach
lessons as well as maintain the gardens at their sites. Your input on what
you’d like to grow at your site and what types of garden lessons you’d like to
teach will be welcome.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
– Plant and maintain garden beds: weed and care for plants without the use of
– Prepare for garden activities by ensuring that you have everything you will
need for class;
– Plan and teach elementary students’ hands-on activities in the garden based
on pre-planned curriculum;
– Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements
– Working on bachelor’s degree in related field and/or at least 1 year of
experience facilitating or teaching experience with youth (outdoor group
management experience preferred)
– Knowledge and skills in small-scale organic food production or home
– Knowledge of relevant topics such as urban gardening, horticulture, health
and nutrition, food systems and food access desired
– Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations including youth and
– Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking
– Ability to work independently and be flexible!
Time commitment: Ideally 3 days a week: Mon/Wed/Fri May 30 – August 5, 5 hours
per day. Compensation is based on experience.
June will be a time for the Garden Educators to become acquainted with their
sites and to prepare for teaching gardening classes at their sites by planting
and gathering materials for classes to be held in July. Garden program runs
from July 5th – July 29th and will require the Garden Educator to teach 2
classes (45 minutes – 1 hour each) on Mondays and Wednesdays, with Fridays
used as planning days. Other time will be used for acquiring materials,
becoming familiar with lessons, maintaining gardens and assisting with other
garden-related projects as time allows.
To be considered, interested applicants should submit a cover letter and
resume to ASeligson@hcz.org. For the right candidate, there is some
flexibility available in terms of days of the week and hours, so please be
specific about your availability.
No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to
qualified applicants. HCZ is an EOE.