School Farm Coordinator August, 2016 The Delta School Wilson, Arkansas The Delta School is a newly founded progressive prek-‐12 independent school in The Mississippi Delta, just 40 minutes from Memphis. The School opened its first class of students in August 2015. The Delta School provides a dynamically balanced education for curious young people in multi-‐aged classrooms. With regard to how we educate students, some of our methods have been around for centuries. Others spring from the latest breakthroughs in science and education. As a teacher at The Delta School, you will have the opportunity to be a member of a founding team which will provide you the freedom, flexibility and encouragement to be creative lesson designers, meeting the needs of all children. This position is unique in that you will be part of an exciting period of growth and renewal in Wilson. The entire town is undergoing a renaissance and we are looking for people who feel the pulse of innovation to join not only the school, but also the growing eclectic community of young entrepreneurs. We want people who are eager to make a significant contribution and leave a creative mark on the school and the town. Please visit The Delta School Facebook page to learn more about the school. Job Description The School Farm Coordinator is a full-time position that offers critical support to teachers and students to ensure that a school can maximize the educational potential of the school garden. This position will work in collaboration with the School Garden Educator to ensure maximum uses of all farm grown plants whether for food production, product production or scientific analysis. We have two large greenhouses connected by a classroom, as well a garden/farm space with raised beds and an orchard. We are looking for someone to help care for the plants and suggest new projects. Specific Duties: • •
Oversees and coordinates students’ hands-on experiences in the garden (planting, tending, harvesting and cooking); Works closely with classroom teachers to develop lessons that support classroom teaching in a range of curriculum areas (science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, etc.) Teaches garden science classes, incorporating environmental science, biology, earth science and nutrition education as they relate to the garden; Builds involvement in and commitment to the school garden within the school community, including teachers, administrators, students, parents and community volunteers;
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Maintains the garden, coordinating volunteers and working with Wilson Gardens to maximize the school experience; Manage the school garden, plan and prepare for garden work activities, manage planting schedule, ensure availability of tools and other necessary materials; Attend school wide staff meetings; Coordinate community garden events to bring students, families, teachers and community members together; Coordinate school-wide garden events, in which students prepare and serve gardengrown salad for the entire school at lunch; Attend grade level meetings on a monthly basis for collaborations and core curriculum alignment; Monitor, document and report on all activities and extent of student and teacher participation; Desired Skills and Experience:
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Experience with youth aged 5-12 (outdoor group management experience preferred); Knowledge and skills in small-scale organic food production or home gardening; Knowledge of or interest in topics including vegetable gardening, botany, environmental science, health and nutrition, food systems, food access; Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults; Ability to work independently and be flexible; Computer skills and project management skills.
To Apply Please send a resume, a list of three professional references, a statement of your educational philosophy and a letter stating why you believe you are a good match for The Delta School. Send your material via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Delta School strives to create a school and working environment that is affirming and inclusive. The Delta School respects and values its diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of differences in age, ethnicity, family structure, national origin, physical attributes, race, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background.
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