Sowing Seeds Coordinator

Organization:

Walking Mountains Science Center

Location:

Avon, CO

Deadline:

Contact:

Chris Cohen

Program Coordination and Administration

• Develop strong relationships with faculty and staff at Brush Creek Elementary School (BCES) and Eagle Valley Elementary School (EVES)
• Work with school faculty and administration to determine class schedule for in-school garden specials
• Contact teachers to connect with school curriculum and engage classes in the garden and greenhouse on days when Sowing Seeds specials are not taught
• Serve as a liaison between Walking Mountains Science Center, Eagle County Schools and the community at large
• Integrate into school procedures and culture while communicating Sowing Seeds program goals to school faculty, administration and parents
• Attend school-specific staff and PTA meetings as appropriate to share updates and make connections for the Sowing Seeds Program
• Represent Walking Mountains Science Center with partner organizations that share common programmatic interest

Program and Curriculum Development

• Design and develop a curriculum framework to serve all K-5 students at Brush Creek Elementary School (BCES) and Eagle Valley Elementary School (EVES) aligned with NGSS, Colorado State and Eagle County Schools curriculum standards
• Write weekly lessons focused on science and gardening for K-5 students at Brush Creek Elementary School and Eagle Valley Elementary School aligned with NGSS, Colorado State, International Baccalaureate Standards, and Eagle County Schools curriculum standards
• Work with YPD and Summer Programs Coordinator to develop and coordinate Sowing Seeds summer camp offerings, curriculum, materials and field trip opportunities.
• Revise curriculum as needed and work with YPD to continually improve Sowing Seeds offerings at BCES and EVES

Field and Classroom Instruction

• Plan, prepare materials and teach all Sowing Seeds lessons at BCES and EVES
• Teach to an identified learning objective, present content accurately, implement a variety of instructional strategies, check frequently for student understanding and monitor student progress
• Co-teach Sowing Seeds camps throughout the summer
• Attend or conduct occasional evening and weekend programs and events

Garden and Greenhouse Management

• Create garden plans for year-round growing in the school garden at EVES and greenhouse at BCES
• Execute garden plan year-round including soil preparation, seed propagation, watering, transplanting, cultivation, harvesting, washing and delivering food to students, school cafeterias and PTA fundraising dinner
• Work to adjust growing based on curriculum needs
• Work with YPD and School Administration/Maintenance staff to effectively and efficiently plan and schedule overall greenhouse and garden maintenance and improvements
• Manage grant, PTA and school district funds earmarked for capital improvements within the greenhouse at BCES and garden at EVES
• Engage students in all aspects of gardening during lessons

Statistics and Analysis

• Maintain Sowing Seeds contact numbers in data spreadsheets
• Provide quarterly updates on Sowing Seeds programs and impacts to YPD for Board Reporting
• Develop an assessment plan for Sowing Seeds programs and implement student assessments for each unit taught
• Generate end of year report for Sowing Seeds program (including numbers served, student assessment data, food grown etc.)

Operations and Risk Management

• Follow all Risk Management procedures
• Maintain required medical certification (WFR, CPR)

Communications/Marketing/Finance

• Manage and maintain WMSC Sowing Seeds budget
• Work with YPD and School Administration/Maintenance staff to manage school garden and greenhouse budgets
• Assist YPD with annual budget planning process
• Provide photos, quotes and other Sowing Seeds marketing materials throughout the school year and summer
• Work with Marketing Manager to promote Sowing Seeds in-school and summer programs

Science Center Responsibilities

• Participate in organizational staff meetings, retreats, and cross departmental committees
• Assist in staffing front desk of Mountain Discovery Center as needed

• Adhere to all Standard Operating Procedures
• Assist with and participate in all special events
• All other duties as assigned

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, activities and responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.

Qualifications:

• BA/BS in science, education, or an environmental science-related field; MA/MS preferred
• 1-2 years experience managing a gardening or growing program
• 1-2 years of outdoor or classroom teaching experience; knowledge of standards-based curriculum preferred   

• Strong work ethic and understanding that garden work is rewarding, but also physically demanding
• Enjoy working outdoors in varying weather conditions
• Ability to work with tools, basic woodworking skills preferred
• Strong willingness and desire to learn
• Excellent public speaking skills and willingness to teach a variety of audiences
• Detail-oriented, organized, and able to provide exceptional customer service
• Strong organizational skills
• Creative in curriculum design and development
• Positive, flexible and friendly
• Independently-driven team player
• Valid driver’s license and ability to drive 15-passanger vans
• Ability to hike up to 4 miles on steep, uneven terrain carrying a pack up to 30 pounds
• Knowledge and experience in using computers and software including Microsoft Office
• Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications preferred
• Ability to work a full-time schedule with some evening or weekend responsibilities
• Ability to speak Spanish preferred

Work Environment

• This position works primarily at Brush Creek Elementary School and Eagle Valley Elementary School in a garden and classroom setting as well as at Walking Mountains Avon Campus building in an indoor office environment. Some travel may be required for programs off-site and in schools.

Compensation and Benefits:

• Salary DOE; health, dental, and vision insurance; 15 days paid vacation; 12 federal holidays; matching 401k retirement program; discounted ski pass; and professional development opportunities