Part Time Garden/Farm Teacher (Hebrew speaking preferred)

Golestan is a multi-cultural, multi-language, progressive, independent school that follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.  

Golestan is looking to hire a Garden/Farm teacher for our elementary program starting in August 2020. This person will be working several days a week with our mixed aged groups in the school garden and farm. This person will also be in charge of maintenance of the garden/farm area. 

Our transdisciplinary approach to learning requires the Garden/Farm Teacher work closely with other teachers to integrate the IB curriculum into their gardening classes. 

This is a part time job with the potential to turn into a full time job as Garden Teacher/Farm Manager as the school expands its farm.  

As the Garden/Farm Teacher, this person will be responsible for:

TEACHING

  • Designing hands-on garden/outdoor classes integrating math, science, nutrition and social studies within the framework of the transdisciplinary IB units
  • Collaborating with colleagues across disciplines (Literacy, Math, Science, PE, Music, Art) and language tracks (English, Persian, Hebrew and Arabic) to design a cohesive IB curriculum for TK/K and First/Second grade students
  • Teaching 3-8 garden-based outdoor classes per week, rain or shine
  • Ideally, all of the above would occur in a full Hebrew immersion setting.

GARDEN/FARM MANAGEMENT

  • Building involvement in and commitment to the school garden within the school community, including teachers, students, parents and community volunteers
  • Leading the management of the school garden through direct work and/or coordination of volunteers, staff and students to plant, water, weed, mulch, etc.
  • Planning and coordination of garden work with parent volunteers through work parties and other events
  • Maintaining and organizing the School Garden supplies/tools (seeds, soil amendments, tools, etc.)
  • Harvesting or coordinating the harvest of food for school kitchen, when possible

The ideal candidate must: 

  • Have knowledge and skills in small-scale organic farming or home gardening and/or urban gardening
  • Have knowledge of botany, environmental science, health/nutrition, food systems, and food access
  • Have at least one year of experience teaching elementary aged students in a classroom setting
  • Have excellent planning and classroom management skills
  • Embody the school values of kindness, mindfulness and courage through direct, open, honest and gentle communication with colleagues, students and families
  • Have a deep love of experiential outdoor learning 
  • Be organized
  • Be open to feedback 
  • Be innovative and willing/able to think outside the box
  • Be deeply kind, warm, nurturing, and empathetic

Preferred Qualities:

  • Native Hebrew speaking teacher preferred
  • Experience working in a language immersion school setting

Our environment is very intimate and hands on, both with the children and with our colleagues.  We work very closely together across grades in a very loving, positive, and family-like setting.

Benefits of working at Golestan:

Golestan isn’t just a job, it’s a way of life!  All staff enjoy the benefits of working in a kind, loving, and respectful environment, in addition to family style meals prepared by our chef and access to wholesale farm-fresh grass fed/pastured meat from Marin Sun Farms. Golestan provides fully covered health insurance for full time staff, dental insurance, 403b retirement plan, and delicious treats in our beautiful staffroom.

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Please email resume and cover letter to jobs@golestankids.com for immediate consideration

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