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Seasonal Education Coordinator
Background: The Governors Island Teaching Garden is a 21,000-square foot
urban farm that aims to engage, excite, and educate New York City public
school students and the public in all aspects of urban farming, environmental
sustainability, green infrastructure, and healthy eating. Through
developmentally appropriate, experiential and educational programming,
students and the public participate in activities such as planting, watering,
weeding, mulching, harvesting, and cooking.
Position Description: GrowNYC is seeking an enthusiastic individual with
strong experience in garden-based education to join the Teaching Garden team
within GrowNYC’s Greening Program. Reporting to the Program Manager, the
Education Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the Teaching Garden’s
school and public programming and the curricula and materials that support
these. Applicants should have experience in urban agriculture and
sustainability, environmental education, and be comfortable working outdoors
in all conditions and with people of all ages and abilities. The successful
candidate will be a capable self-starter, willing and excited to grow existing
initiatives, develop new ideas, and expand the Teaching Garden’s offerings.
PRIMARY DUTIES (70% of time):
1. Recruit and schedule schools, summer camps, and senior tours for
weekday structured and self-guided programing.
2. Act as the primary contact for teachers and counselors bringing groups
to the Teaching Garden.
3. Lead regular hands-on garden-based lessons for visiting K-12 NYC
public school students, campers, and senior citizens.
4. Direct and train Garden Educators for weekly programing and curriculum
5. Coordinate daily site prep each morning and site clean-up/breakdown
6. Document field trip outcomes and impacts through teacher and student
evaluations, surveys, and tracking
7. Develop and implement creative grade-level lesson plans, activities,
and recipes for school field trips.
8. Assist with management and training of individual garden volunteers,
and co-lead weekly corporate volunteer events in the Teaching Garden,
(activities include bed building, watering, weeding, and painting).
9. Restock educational and culinary materials and track expenses up to
SECONDARY DUTIES (30% of time):
1. With the guidance of the Farm Coordinator, participate in all aspects
of intensive organic vegetable production: planning, planting, harvesting,
record-keeping, pest/weed control, irrigation, and compost management.
2. Assist with public outreach through weekly social media updates
3. Meet regularly with Greening Program Director and staff
4. Partner with other GrowNYC educational initiatives on programming and
● Knowledge of sustainable agriculture and urban sustainability
● Experience teaching youth and/or adults in a farm or garden setting
● Familiarity with the NYC school system
● Strong skills in program administration, communication and time
● Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers and working with
● Willingness to be in outdoor settings in hot/cold/rainy weather
● Familiarity with current software technologies and social media;
preferred knowledge in Excel, Quickbooks, and/or data management system
● Ability to work weekends on an occasional basis
● Ability to commit for the duration of the 2018 season (March-November)
● Basic gardening and carpentry skills a plus
● Ability to stand and walk for extended periods, and carry bulky and
● Valid New York State Driver’45s License preferred
Position Details: This is a seasonal position (March 8th through November
16th). Hours may vary slightly, but in general will be Monday to Friday, 35
hours a week. Some weekend work may be required. Compensation is $18/hr and
includes only statutory benefits.
Please email resume, cover letter, and three references to:
Combine all submissions into one PDF and write “Teaching Garden Education
Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls please. GrowNYC is an Equal
We are creating a 250 acre diversified farm in the Harlem Valley which will be
a center for rural and agrarian learning. Our mission is to create a place
where people can have transformational learning experiences grounded in shared
work and shared food. The homestead is centered on a beautiful working farm
bordered by forested hills, pasture, a renowned trout river, and the
Appalachian trail. Our agricultural production will be integrated with our
educational workshops, programs, food served on site, farm stays, retreats,
and events. Our farm will include livestock on pasture and organic vegetables,
berries, fruits, flowers, maple syrup, honey, mushrooms and more.
We are entering our third year on the land while expanding and developing our
current agricultural operations which include our beef herd, a small,
intensively managed veggie garden and mushroom production. We will be
introducing medicinal herbs, bees, perennial plantings, improving farm
infrastructure and more over the next few months. We may also host educational
opportunities for people to come and learn from us while we establish new
During 2018 we will be undergoing significant restoration on the farm. We are
looking for people that can be flexible and adaptive in the midst of a great
deal of movement and change. Clear, skilled communication is very important.
There will often be multiple projects needing attention, and we are looking
for people who are emotionally and organizationally agile in navigating
through complexity with our team.
This is a farm and a start up business. If you are looking to learn from an
established working farm, with slick systems already in place, this is not
that. However, this is a great opportunity for someone looking to gain diverse
experience with aspects of starting farm systems and business from the ground
We are learning a lot, and so will you!
Here are some of the projects we are working on this year that you will
witness and learn from. The focus may shift depending on the needs of the site
and seasonal changes.
– Establishing and maintaining new perennial plantings of berries, medicinal
herbs, fruit/nut trees, and significant land restoration projects
– Rotationally grazing Murray Gray, Belted Galloway, and Angus cattle. This
includes setting up and taking down electrical fence, moving watering systems,
and other cattle related activities. This is a large part of regular work time
spent at HVH.
– Building a greenhouse and other agricultural infrastructure
– Welcoming newborn calves in the spring and summer
– Caring for a flock of pastured egg layers
– Establishing and maintaining a small, intensively managed vegetable garden
– Supporting a small mushroom growing operation and learning about fungi’s
role in the ecosystem
– Establishing honey bee hives and learning about pollination ecology
– Lodging: A lovely, furnished place to stay on a beautiful farm, with
gorgeous river, ponds, the Appalachian trail next door, etc
This is shared lodging and candidates must be able to live in community and
possess flexible, responsible and conscientious attitude.
– Food: Ingredients from the farm. Mostly eggs and veggies. Basic staples
– A monthly stipend
– Time: 2.5 days off to explore the river, the trails, neighboring farms,
research and learn, etc.
– Educational Opportunities: When we run programs, have visiting biologists,
agronomists, etc., we will work to ensure you have a chance to learn from the
experience. We also offer weekly farm focused classes from the HVH team.
-4.5 full workdays to the land each week, plus chore/animal coverage on some
weekends, rotating with other interns
-A commitment from April through October
-Willingness to learn, curiosity, flexibility, and excitement. Good humor
doesn’t hurt either.
Please attach a resume and brief cover letter in one document, along with
What do you hope to get out of your experience here, and what are you most
excited about learning?
Are you able to commit to the above?
What special skills or perspectives do you have to bring?
How did you become interested in farming and agriculture?
What conditions help you to thrive?
What conditions don’t?
Is there anything else we should know about working with you?