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OPEN: Board of Directors Post

Concrete Safaris currently has two openings with our board of directors. These are volunteer positions with a fundraising component, and a commitment of 2 years. Learn more HERE.

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FULL-TIME POSITIONS (PAID) -- None available at this time. Please check back next year.



Garden Program Lead Educator: June 27 - September 8, 2017

Job Summary

Under direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Garden Program Lead Educator is a high-energy position for someone who loves getting children and youth outdoors to design gardens and grow food, lead garden-based lessons, and/or perform other outdoor play activities at a high level while leading children and youth, interacts well with children, youth, families, and community agencies, has experience organizing events, and possesses superior behavior management skills. You will work with a team to deliver amazing youth-centered garden events. Directly oversee interns and volunteers. This position is part-time.

Duties and Responsibilities

The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required. Concrete Safaris retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.

Concrete Safaris operates gardens across 9-acres of NYC Housing Authority property in two public housing developments. You will be responsible for ensuring that these gardens are thriving and well-utilized, and that participants are maximizing learning and volunteerism opportunities in a safe, fun environment.

During the summer, this position will involve 14 hours per week working with 50 after summer school students in the second - fifth grade to provide education in organic urban agriculture, ecology, and botany and to develop active living events to improve their community's health. You will create 1,000 square feet of new raised beds in existing garden plots with City Surfers After Summer School students, and develop Extreme Leadership Challenges and reward City Surfers students who exceed expectations and demonstrate strong leadership skills. You will lead garden maintenance activities contributing to increased production. You will track core competencies, complete program evaluations, and report results. You will lead brainstorming sessions with the students to design gardens for families in East Harlem. You will plan and lead field trips and participate in at least one multi-day wilderness retreat. You will work with our team to develop a long-term growth strategy for this program and help raise funds to make those plans a reality.

The part-time garden program educator will supervise up to seventeen 14-24-year-olds who may have non-violent, non-sexual criminal histories. Activities will involve training youth to lead garden programming, sustaining our gardens, and working with the community to beautify our spaces and distribute produce.

You will develop and deliver garden programming for and teach the interns to lead Concrete Safaris' field trip program to our gardens called Green Exercise Days serving 2nd - 5th graders in East Harlem. From time to time, you will lead group teambuilding games during these events with 50 - 500 children and adults. You will create and/or improve seasonal lessons incorporating grade-appropriate standards from New York City Science Scope and Sequence and New York State Common Core. You will lead garden maintenance activities contributing to the production of 3-4 tons of vegetables, herbs, and fruit.

You will maintain all garden tools and related gear, and track inventory.

You will work with the executive director to create program and event budgets, recruit and manage assistants, interns, and volunteers, and submit bi-monthly payroll reports for all interns in your program area. You will contribute to weekly social media updates of students' work in the form of video and pictures. You will compile and submit detailed reports and evaluations on garden, youth, and event outcomes, and write and submit participant and end-of-summer reports about your work with the children.

You will work with parents to develop initiatives that increase parent involvement in gardening, setup related equipment for events, activities and programs as needed, attend and participate in staff meetings and related activities, and participate in outside groups and committees as assigned. You will perform other related duties and responsibilities as required or requested.

Education, Experience and Training

Minimum Education and Experience: a) Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science, Horticulture, or related field AND b) Three years experience or more in a related field including administrative procedures OR c) Five years of experience in garden program education with children and youth.

Special Certification, Training or Experience: CPR for the professional rescuer, or ability to obtain within the first month of hire date. First Aid Certification, or ability to obtain within the first month of hire date.

Other Requirements: Must pass pre-employment criminal and sexual offender background check, and have the ability to work unsupervised in the presence of children, youth, and adults.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: Garden and recreation programming including child and youth activities and development, special events, exercise, leadership, event planning, and fundraising. Principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance management. Knowledge and ability to apply rules and monitor program compliance with related laws and regulations. Knowledge of childhood and youth development principles and practices.

Ability to: Work with people from all walks of life. Plan, organize and implement fun, outdoor, garden-based social action programs and special events with a team. Teach botany, horticulture and landscape design, and vocational training. Work under stressful situations; stay calm; and have excellent problem solving skills. Participate in active recreation activities. Use mathematical reasoning. Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for program personnel. Deal courteously and effectively with the public. Prepare and administer program budget and reports, and maintain records. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other professionals, subordinate employees, other organizations, volunteers, and the general public. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Must be available Monday – Saturday from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. with advance notice of scheduling. Schedule varies daily.

Skills to: Operate modern office equipment and current technology and applications, such as Microsoft Office computer applications, Excel, Word. 

Physical Requirements: Ability to conduct activities involving walking, standing, and general movement 75% of the time and sitting 25% of the time. Please note: special event days may require 10+ hours on your feet. Ability to lift and carry burdens weighing up to 50 lbs. Ability to grasp and manipulate office equipment as well as tools, equipment and materials used in the maintenance of garden facilities. Ability to use a computer for extended periods of time. Maintain a current annual health screening.

Hours/week: 25-29.

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Garden Program Intern (Paid)

Build your skills as a Garden Program Intern by learning how to garden and how to teach gardening in the after school, summer, and field trips settings. Work with 7-12-year-old children. Must be available for 20-hours per week, including 3 - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday, during the school year. Must be physically fit and capable of gardening and staying active for up to 6 hours per day. Map reading skills a plus. Must have a non-violent, non-sexual criminal history and be between the ages of 16 and 24.

How to apply

Please complete the online application above.

Time Commitment

3 months or longer
Time commitment
20 hours per week
Times of day
Mostly Afternoons & Some Morning / Evenings
Days of week
Weekdays & Some Saturdays
Fixed schedule
Start and end dates
Immediate start - December 2016 with possibility for extension

Details for all volunteer positions....

New York, NY

See above mentioned descriptions.

See above mentioned descriptions
All volunteers must pass the NYC DOE screening requirements, background check and National Sex Offender Check [when applicable].

Compensation and Benefits: 
N/A. All positions may be adapted for an internship format. College credit may be obtained in connection with your university, so long as your university agrees.

How to Apply: 

As an equal opportunity program, Concrete Safaris encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or physical ability, and evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.

Interested? Please apply HERE.