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College Hill Learning Garden Program Associate

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Education Outside San Francisco , CA 94102

Posted 3 months ago


At Education Outside, were committed to advancing science in public schools, outdoors. We transform school gardens into lush, living laboratories. Education Outside employs a service corps of emerging leaders who work full-time at 50+ Bay Area public elementary schools to bring nature and science directly into the hands of 17,500+ students.


Education Outside advances science education and environmental literacy by teaching outdoors in public schools. We spark children's interest in science and connect them to the natural world through hands-on learning in school gardens.


Under Education Outsides stewardship, College Hill Learning Garden is becoming a vital pipeline for seeding a vibrant culture of sustainability at SFUSD schools and their surrounding communities throughout San Francisco. As the operator of College Hill Learning Garden, Education Outside provides a comprehensive roster of hands-on programs that:

  • Connects thousands of SFUSD K-5 students annually with multiple touch points with garden-based education that reinforces and provides new perspective on the standards-based science, urban agriculture and sustainability concepts they are learning at their own school gardens;
  • Encourages students, especially those from diverse and underserved San Francisco communities, to see themselves as environmental stewards; and,
  • Increases the value of SFUSDs network of green schoolyards as hubs of environmental science learning and healthy, sustainable living for students, parents and school communities.


The College Hill Learning Garden (CHLG) Program Associate position is part-time, non-exempt position (20 hours/week), and is responsible for working with the College Hill Program Manager to schedule and teach SFUSD students about sustainability, maintain the learning garden, develop College Hill community buy-in and interest, and spread the mission of sustainability to the public. The Program Associate will report to the College Hill Program Manager.


The Program Associate position requires a high degree of organization and attention to detail. We are seeking a mature and engaging individual who is an effective teacher and communicator. The position will require confidence, self-reliance, and initiative due to the gardens independent setting.


Teaching and Outreach (70%)

  • Facilitate field trips for SFUSD students that utilize existing College Hill Learning Garden curriculum and use best practices in outdoor education. Harness lessons learned to refine and improve curriculum.
  • Connect 3rd-5th grade students from at least 10 partner schools in eastern San Francisco with field trip visits to College Hill at least once during the school year
  • Assist the Program Manager in field trip and event outreach efforts to SFUSD schools, non-profit organizations, and other community group; such as through social media and website updates

Garden Maintenance (20%)

  • Conduct ongoing upkeep and maintenance of the gardens equipment, green infrastructure demonstration facilities, edible garden and site vegetation.
  • Ensure regular pruning, weeding, planting, applying mulch, amending soil with compost, watering, harvesting, cleaning and testing of rainwater harvesting systems, LID upkeep, general maintenance and upkeep of tools, tool shed and sink area, and other routine facility maintenance (such as upkeep of site drainage system, erosion prevention, weeding, replacement of dying plants, etc.).
  • Perform regular maintenance and upkeep of the features associated with and contained in the garden site such as:
    • adjacent sidewalk gardens and entry-way gate,
    • composting toilet and coordinate with the composting toilet manufacturer (Clivus Multrum) for maintenance of the composted material and waste-removal,
    • solar panels
    • upkeep and inspection of permeable pavement,
    • care for live animals (fish, turtle, bees, worms) in compliance with best practices for the healthy, sustainable and humane care of animals, as well as applicable local law.
  • Ensure site security (ensuring gates are locked, tools are locked in tool shed, etc.)
  • Manage, schedule and assign tasks on a weekly basis with the Program Manager

Events (10%)

  • Assist the Program Manager in the planning and/or facilitation of events, such as volunteer workdays, garden workshops, or participation in community events. Some availability on weekends preferred.
  • Other responsibilities as necessary


Anticipated Start Date: October 1st, 2018

Anticipated End Date: June 30th, 2019



The Program Associate must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Pass state criminal and FBI background checks
  • Be negative for tuberculosis
  • Be able to lift 40 lbs. or more


  • A commitment to Education Outsides mission and vision
  • A commitment to ecological and social justice
  • Demonstrated experience prioritizing and managing projects
  • Experience teaching and working with groups of students (especially ages 5-12) outdoors
  • Experience working with children and adults from diverse backgrounds
  • Extensive experience with gardening or farming
  • The ability to juggle many tasks at once and quickly shift from one situation or task to another
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Comfort speaking in front of students and the public
  • Ability to be responsive to email, phone calls, and other means of communication
  • Competency in Spanish or Chinese is a plus, but not required
  • Some weekend availability for occasional community events preferred



$24,000 annually, or $1,000 per pay period (bi-monthly) and $25 per hour for 20 hours of work per week, before taxes.

This is a non-exempt position, and does not include benefits such as healthcare.


Federal law requires employers to pay nonexempt employees an overtime rate of at least one-and-one-half times their regular hourly wage for each hour worked in excess of 40 during a workweek.

  • Californias overtime law requires employers to pay nonexempt employees one-and-a-half times their regular hourly rate of pay for: All hours worked in excess of 8 in a single workday,
  • All hours worked in excess of 40 in a single workweek, and
  • The first 8 hours worked on the seventh consecutive day of work in the workweek.
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