Climate Corps Education Outside Bay Area Garden Educator

$2,255 monthly
  • SEI: Building Leaders for a Resilient World
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Sep 14, 2021
Paid fellowship Fellowship / Internship Sustainability

Job Description

SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity. We believe that a wide array of perspectives contributes to creative climate solutions where all communities thrive. We strive to reflect diverse communities, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply. A commitment to work and learn within an anti-oppression framework is required.


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 a 9 -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, and Alameda County. 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. 


We are currently seeking garden educators for positions in: 


San Jose

  • Are you passionate about teaching and using school gardens as a learning laboratory for students with special needs? The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) Special Education Department is looking for one emerging education professional who shares this passion to join our cohort of Climate Corps Fellows.  

San Francisco 

  • Do you speak Spanish? Our school partner in San Francisco is looking for an educator with the ability to teach both in Spanish and English.

For the complete position description and to apply, please visit:


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


Basic Eligibility

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 9-month service term


Additional Qualifications

  • 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
  • Experience in and the drive to address racism and create race equity with the team members and programmatically
  • SEI is a COVID vaccine-positive workplace, and all eligible employees are required to be fully vaccinated (unless they have an exemption for medical/disability or religious reasons)


The position will begin in late September. 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 $4441.50, subject to final budget appropriation. At the end of the 9-month service term, the total stipend received will be approximately $20,295 (depending on official start date). You will also be eligible to enroll in SEIs Kaiser Premium healthcare plan at no cost.


To Apply:

To become a CCEO Fellow, please submit an online application and resume at Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to submit as soon as possible. 


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

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