Climate Corps Education Outside - Elementary Garden Educator

$2,115 monthly
  • Strategic Energy Innovations
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 02 Dec, 2019
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Job Description

Are you a natural leader? Are you passionate about teaching and using school gardens as a learning laboratory for science education and environmental literacy for elementary-aged kids? Are you committed to public service? We’re looking for people who share these passions to join our growing science-and-sustainability service Corps. 

Climate Corps Education Outside (CCEO) is an AmeriCorps Fellowship program that offers emerging science and climate protection educators and leaders unparalleled professional development and training as they drive cutting-edge environmental solutions and advance science education in public schools, outdoors. We transform school gardens into lush, living laboratories. Climate Corps Education Outside engages a service corps of emerging leaders who serve full-time at a Bay Area public elementary school to bring nature and science directly into the hands of thousands of students. 

This position starts in early January and will go through the end of the 2019-20 school year. 

As a Climate Corps Education Outside Fellow you will:

  • Commit to serve 675 hours during part of the academic year in a Bay Area school, with the option to extend for another full academic year.*
  • Participate in the biweekly CCEO professional development program with a cohort of emerging education and sustainability professionals.
  • Teach and plan ecoliteracy lessons for high needs students in the Bay Area that center around ecoliteracy and science activation. 
  • Cultivate a garden space and green schoolyard to promote urban students’ connection to the environment and nature.
  • Activate community and volunteer power to develop lush outdoor classrooms and benefit student learning. 
  • Identify and fulfill one fundraising opportunity to promote the continuation of garden programming at a school site. 

Basic Eligibility

Fellows must:

  • Have ability to work in the US
  • Be 17 years old or older
  • Pass state criminal and FBI background checks
  • Be negative for tuberculosis
  • Be able and willing to commit to at least one academic year*

Additional Qualifications:

  • A commitment to Climate Corps Education Outside’s mission and vision
  • College degree or equivalent experience
  • 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
  • Experience with gardening or farming
  • The ability to thrive in an environment characterized by significant growth, ambiguity, and constant change
  • The ability to self-direct and successfully juggle many tasks at once, shifting from one situation or task to another fluidly
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Comfort speaking in front of students and working with groups
  • Ability to be responsive to email, phone calls, and other means of communication
  • Competency in Spanish or Chinese is a plus, but not required

 *Second term is contingent on school site fit and continuation of program funding


You will receive a living allowance stipend of $2,115 per month and a maximum end of program education award of $2,360 per service term.

Additional Benefits

  • Kaiser health care coverage.
  • Student loan forbearance qualification.
  • Bi-monthly professional training.

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SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse communities we serve, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, older adults, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Keywords: environmental education, community outreach, climate change resiliency, gardening, outdoor learning, science education, environmental literacy, garden educator, nonprofit