The urban garden lab instructor will guide youth in their exploration of the environmental and community benefits of rooftop gardening and help them discover the science behind sustainable urban agriculture.
- In cooperation with Chicago Botanic Garden staff, you will develop and organize an appropriate curriculum for the seven-week program including field trips, labs, and fieldwork.
- In cooperation with After School Matters and Chicago Botanic Garden staff members, you will prioritize materials procurement for physical classroom space and lab activities including plants (edible, ornamental, and ecological) for existing rooftop planting space.
- Interview and select 15 students from the After School Matters applicant pool for participation in the Sustainable Garden Science and Design Class.
- Guide students in the development of three proposals for sustainable, organic garden designs for the rooftop space at Gallery 37.
- With students, plan and implement a final showcase for students to present their proposals to After School Matters and Garden staff, funders, and community members.
- Supervise one part-time intern who will assist with lesson plan delivery, plant maintenance, and program implementation.
- Lead team-building exercises.
- Manage related site tasks including tool and machinery use, and maintenance, deliveries, and general security during operating hours.
- Act as a resource for information for project partners, community members, Garden staff, and the media as required, including regular program updates to all program partners.
- Plan and coordinate weekly field trips during the seven-week summer program.
Experience in organic vegetable production and working with youth are essential. Degree in horticulture or related subject is highly desirable, as is experience with site layout and design. Teaching experience, as a classroom teacher or in an informal setting, is required. Experience with problem-based learning is desirable. Candidate must be dependable, responsible, able to work independently, and able to adapt to a flexible schedule.
Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: we cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.