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Garden Educator in Training – Full Season

Garden Educators in Training will work at the Troy Kids Garden and Goodman Youth Farm. Both programs serve youth ages 3 through 18 with outdoor, garden-based learning. At each site, trainees lead small groups of children in gardening, cooking, animal care, outdoor art, and other hands-on activities. Garden Educator Trainees can expect to gain experience developing and implementing garden-based curricula and activities, while developing a working knowledge of vegetable gardening and small-scale farm management.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The Garden Educators in Training position includes:

  • Field work to maintain urban agricultural sites, including planting, weeding, mulching, trellising, bed-prep, composting, cover cropping, harvesting, and post-harvest handling.
  • Arriving on time and being ready to work for every shift.
  • Working in inclement weather or adjusting their work hours to accommodate the weather.
  • Participating in weekly professional development experiences during the summer session as well as other training opportunities throughout the season.
  • Contributing content to cross-program communication tools, including social media and weekly newsletters.
  • Participating in selected evening and weekend work opportunities.
  • Completing at least one self-directed project throughout the course of the season. 
  • Leading groups of youth in garden-based activities, both independently and as part of a teaching team.
  • Involvement in all preparatory work for our educational programs, including activity set-up and clean-up, developing educational materials, and program debriefs.
  • Occasionally directing groups of adult volunteers.
  • Participating in preparing garden areas for student activities, including additional weeding, mulching, and bed preparation, among other duties.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

The Garden Educator in Training has (the):

  • Ability to interact in a professional, courteous, and confidential manner with others in a variety of circumstances.
  • Experience working with diverse groups of people in community settings with cultural competence.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, including the ability to listen and solve problems.
  • Flexibility and willingness to grow in response to needs or changes in the field.
  • Ability to work on projects independently or as part of a group.
  • Experience working with productive, proactive teams, or the desire to do so.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments, responsibilities, and tasks.
  • Proficient use or willingness to learn office software, email, and other technology.
  • Ability to lift fifty pounds.
  • Ability to commit to and promote Rooted’s mission, goals, and priorities.
  • Prior experience working with children is desirable but not required.
  • A copy of a valid form of identification and ability to pass a standard background check.

Time Commitment

  • Full Season Internship – April 13 – October 29 (36 hours per week)
    • Spring and Fall Schedule
      • Monday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
      • Tuesday – Thursday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
      • Friday 10:00am – 5:00 pm
    • Summer Schedule
      • Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Position Classification

  • This position is FLSA non-exempt LTE at 35 hours per week.
  • The pay rate is $10/hr. Trainees must record their hours daily.
  • Academic Credit: Trainees may be eligible for academic credit. Please negotiate the terms of any academic credit directly with a faculty sponsor, and discuss with your Rooted program manager prior to starting the training program.

Find the online application here; cover letter and resume also accepted. For priority consideration, apply by March 1, 2020.

Rooted                                                                           
2702 International Lane, Suite 200                            
Madison, WI 53704

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Rooted is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. We strongly encourage applications from diverse applicants of all ages. Rooted is committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.