Are you passionate about teaching and using school gardens as a learning laboratory for elementary-aged students? We’re looking for emerging education professionals who share this passion to join our AmeriCorps cohort. We’re looking for skillful, energetic folks with a resilient mindset and a commitment to equity and social justice. We’re looking for independent problem-solvers who also value collaboration and teamwork. Most of all, we’re looking for dynamic, bright people who are ready to dedicate one to two years of their lives to advancing science and environmental education in public schools.
About Climate Corps Education Outside
Climate Corps Education Outside (CCEO) is an 11.5-month AmeriCorps Fellowship. The Climate Corps Education Outside (CCEO) program serves public elementary schools and garden-based education providers in San Francisco, San Mateo County, Alameda County, and Santa Cruz. As a CCEO Fellow, you will lead garden-based science and environmental literacy education at an elementary school, serving a high percentage of low-income children and many English-language learners. CCEO fellows must be committed to social justice and have cultivated or be willing to cultivate cultural competence and humility.
As a Climate Corps Education Outside Fellow you will:
- Prepare for and teach multiple lessons per day to various grade levels
- Build, maintain, and grow an effective, inviting, and productive garden classroom
- Create a safe and positive outdoor classroom culture
- Apply equity and anti-racist lenses to all teaching and learning with students
- Coordinate harvesting, cooking, and eating in the garden with students
- Facilitate sustainability projects and learning opportunities on campus and in their community
- Build strong relationships with community members in order to serve the needs of the school and students
- Engage in grant writing and fundraising to support garden infrastructure improvements and purchase garden and instructional materials and supplies
AmeriCorps members must:
- Have ability to work in the US
- Have a high school diploma/GED
- Be 17 years old or older
- Pass state criminal and FBI background checks
- Be negative for tuberculosis
- Be able and willing to commit to the 11.5-month service term
- A commitment to Climate Corps Education Outside’s mission and vision
- A commitment to social justice
- College degree or equivalent experience
- Experience teaching and working with groups of students (especially ages 5-12) outdoors
- Experience working with children and adults from diverse backgrounds
- Experience with gardening or farming
- Experience prioritizing and managing projects
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
- Competency in Spanish or Chinese is a plus, but not required
The position will begin in late August 2021. While this is a one-year commitment, we strive to maintain consistency for our school sites and prioritize applicants who can make a 2-year commitment to their schools. During the school year, Mondays through Thursdays are dedicated to teaching in the outdoor classroom at your school site and guiding science, sustainability, and other efforts with the community. Two Fridays a month are designated for professional development.
You will receive a living allowance stipend of $2,255 per month and a projected AmeriCorps end of program education award of $10,000, subject to final budget appropriation.
To become a CCEO Fellow, please submit an online application and resume at https://www.climatecorps.org/cceo-fellowship.html. The priority deadline for applications is March 15th. Applicants are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible.