Green Schoolhouse Garden Camp Educator
Mission: Through an outdoor based experience in elementary schools’ and community gardens throughout Portland, Oregon the Green Schoolhouse strives to encourage children’s connections to the world around them so that they too can become gardeners of the world.
Philosophy: The Green Schoolhouse follows a philosophy of reciprocal respect for people, places, and all creatures great and small. The space that we are given to inhabit is not ours for the taking, rather we are here to participate actively in creating a heart on this Earth to last for generations beyond our own.
Position Description: The Garden Camp Educator (GCE) is a seasonal paid position, 40 hours per week and Monday through Friday. The GCE reports to the Camp Director and works directly and collaboratively with other Garden Camp Educators of The Green Schoolhouse. GCE are an integral part of the Green Schoolhouse community as they create an environment of caring, compassion, enthusiasm, and engagement for children ages 4- to 10-years-old. GCE are encouraged to bring forth new ideas and collaborate with all camp staff in co-leading daily onsite activities from exploring the garden to facilitating games to discovering the magic of science with children.
Responsibilities and Duties Educators will:
- Participate in mandatory Green Schoolhouse Camp Staff Training held during the week of June 12th.
- Facilitate camp programming 5 days per week, 8:30AM-4:30PM. Campers are onsite from 9:00AM-4:00PM.
- Incorporate weekly theme into crafts, gardening, art, science, and field games.
- Bring positive energy and enthusiasm to the curriculum.
- Create and maintain a safe space for the physical and emotional well-being of campers.
- Encourage a healthy lifestyle while onsite by modeling appropriate food choices and participation in activities.
- Consistently begin each day onsite on time knowing that a commitment to routine is important both to the function of camp as well as the expectations of children.
- Have reliable transportation to the garden.
- Collaborate with staff to ensure an environment of learning, inclusion, and FUN!
Qualifications Educators are and have:
- At least 18 years of age or be a high school graduate.
- Have 3+ years of experience teaching in traditional or non-traditional environments.
- Experience in early childhood education, a plus.
- Must register with the Child Care Division and pass criminal background check.
- CPR certification by the first day of camp.
- Interest and desire for leading children in an outdoor and garden program.
- Interest and desire for interdisciplinary education.
- Excellent communication skills.
- The ability to think and act on your toes.
Benefits: As an educator with the Green Schoolhouse we pledge to create an experience for you that is engaging and meaningful beyond the summer. There is potential for further opportunities after the summer is complete.
Duration: The Green Schoolhouse Camp begins June 12th (dependent on school make-up days due to snow and ice closures) and continues through August 25th, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM.
To apply: Please provide a resume, at least two professional or academic references, and cover letter outlining your experience, teaching philosophy, and desire to work with the Green Schoolhouse to Lauren: firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31st.
We provide a camp experience for elementary-aged children using the magic of a garden to encourage children’s sense of wonder, imagination, and adventure.
We offer a full day camp with drop off beginning at 9:00AM and pick up at 4:00PM.
In-Class “Field Trips”:
Many schools provide a field trip or in-class guest to provide students with a different perspective within the academic environment. The Green Schoolhouse works with teachers to provide an experiential process of learning within the classroom that uses a curriculum of science, art, movement, math, literacy and more all within the context of the garden and ecological world around us.
After School Programming:
Gardens are an amazing space at schools and are a lot of work. As an after school program we are there we take time to experience the garden through planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting. We take it a step further and recognize the garden as more than a place to plant, but also as a place of connection and community, as a way to be artistic, as a lead in to exciting science experiments, an opportunity to be outside, and as a space to care for and nurture.
Schools or classrooms who are looking to supplement their own gardens or schoolwork with an interdisciplinary garden-focused curriculum may give us a general foundation and we will build a curriculum to suit your needs.
At-Home Garden Education:
Maybe you have a picky eater or two in your family, or you aren’t sure what will fit or grow best in your garden, or you are ready to expand your garden knowledge, or you want your children to have a more tangible understanding of where their food comes from. Whatever the reason we are happy to come to your home and build an experience for you and your family to enjoy and share together for all the planting seasons to come. (This is also available for small groups of children of all ages for an at-home camp experience).
Whether it’s a birthday party, tea party, or you just want to spice up a Saturday we will work with you to create your ideal garden party from decorations to set up to activities to clean-up… we are ready to CELEBRATE!
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