Explore Ecology is Hiring
Join Our Team!

SCHOOL GARDENS PROGRAM

EXPLORE ECOLOGY SCHOOL GARDEN PROGRAM

Full time positions available.

Position Overview: Explore Ecology School Garden Program An Explore Ecology School Garden Educator’s primary role is to engage and educate students while maintaining the school’s garden and outdoor classroom. Main duties include: coordinating with teachers, planning and teaching lessons in outdoor classrooms to K-8th grade students, planting, harvesting and maintaining organic garden space. The School Garden Educator reports to their assigned Garden Coordinator. 

Pay and Benefits

  • Current Starting rate: $16.50
  • Bonus Potential: Annual increase opportunity and bonuses based on performance
  • Full Time Employees: 30-40 hours per week
    • Health Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance
    • 2 weeks per year of paid vacation
    • 9 days per year of sick time off
    • 9 Paid Holidays per year

Role and Responsibilities

  • Lead weekly garden education lessons in your school’s organic garden for K-8th grade students
  • Maintain and submit weekly reporting
  • Use a portion of your weekly assigned hours to maintain your school garden(s), growing a diverse mix of seasonal crops and perennials
  • Continue to build your school’s connection to the garden through garden work parties or campus beautification days, outreach to the PTA or Wellness Committees, recruiting and managing community volunteers to help with the garden, and by distributing produce harvested in the garden to the school community
  • Communicate regularly with your Garden Coordinator, attend monthly and/or weekly staff meetings focused on team building, staff development, and training

Work Environment

  • Outdoors and on a school campus
  • Standing, bending, and stooping, for extended periods of time (up to 8 hours)
  • Extensive contact with the public and children
  • Unassisted heavy lifting (up to 40 lbs.)

Scheduling

  • Shift Work Exclusively.
    • Full Time: 30-40 hours per week / 5 shifts
    • Part Time: approximately 15-25 hours per week / 3 shifts
    • Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends (Saturday and/or Sunday), as scheduled.

Additional Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Degree in relevant subject including but not limited to Environmental Education, Elementary Education, Horticulture, Botany
  • Experience working with groups of Elementary aged students
  • Must pass LiveScan (fingerprint background check) and TB test
  • Spanish Speakers are encouraged to apply

Preferred Skills and Characteristics

  • A passion to cultivate children’s connection to nature, healthy food, and culture through hands-on garden-based education
  • Experience teaching and working with elementary-age students
  • Experience with growing produce
  • Ability to work independently, setting own schedule, while maintaining clear communication with assigned Garden Coordinator
  • Strong organizational skills

Information about Explore Ecology

Explore Ecology is a Santa Barbara based non-profit organization that educates over 38,000 children a year, inspiring them to engage with the natural world, think critically, and experience the value of environmental stewardship. Explore Ecology programs include the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store and Gallery, Environmental Education, Watershed Resource Center, and School Gardens.

Explore Ecology actively promotes an environment of respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We support all employees regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, national origin, creed, marital status, disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, and/or physical disability that does not inhibit the performance of the specific core tasks of this position.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Lindsay. Your subject line should be titled: Garden Educator Position. Thank you!

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Explore Ecology Environmental Education Program (North & South County)

Environmental Educator

An Environmental Educator’s primary role is to conduct field trips and in class lessons focusing on water quality and waste reduction while educating and inspiring the next generation of elementary aged environmental stewards. Main duties include: leading field trips and in class lessons, data tracking and reporting, maintaining teaching supplies and field trip sites, educational event preparation and implementation and more as assigned. The Environmental Educator reports to the Environmental Education Program Coordinator (EEPC).

Pay and Benefits   

  • Starting Pay: $16.50
  • Full Time Employees – 30 hours +
    • Health Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance
    • 2 weeks per year of paid vacation
    • 9 days per year of sick time off
    • 9 Paid Holidays per year

Role and Responsibilities

  • Lead Environmental education lessons both on school campuses and at various field trip sites.
  • Maintain lesson supply kits
  • Drive to various school and field trip sites located throughout Santa Barbara County
  • Perform administrative duties related to evaluation, and tracking student performance and teacher satisfaction
  • Assist and support the EEPC in marketing and scheduling lessons and field trips
  • Maintains all teaching kits in a well stocked and clean condition
  • Staff occasional evening and weekend special events

Work Environment

  • Standing, bending, and stooping, for extended periods of time (up to 8 hours)
  • Extensive contact with the public
  • Walking and climbing as required
  • Unassisted heavy lifting (up to 40 lbs.)

Scheduling

  • Shift Work Exclusively.
    • Full Time: 30-35 hours per week / 5 shifts
    • Part Time: approximately 15-25 hours per week / 3 shifts
  • Must be able to work on evenings and weekends (Saturday and/or Sunday), as scheduled.

Additional Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • A degree in Environmental Education, Environmental Studies, Resource Conservation, related field or equivalent experience
  • Must pass LiveScan (fingerprint background check) and TB test
  • Self-starter, motivated to lead an innovative environmental education program and inspire the school community to follow through with techniques learned during the presentations. Excellent written & oral communication skills (Spanish language skills desirable)
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple responsibilities
  • Excellent rapport with children; experience with primary school setting, including a familiarity with curricular standards, and classroom activities. Ability to supervise and engage small and large groups of elementary students
  • Comfortable working from multiple locations & traveling between job sites and Explore Ecology offices
  • Able to provide prompt transportation within Santa Barbara County and provide proof of insurance
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Docs, e-mail and internet (daily access to email)
  • Ability to attend regular staff meetings
  • Ability to commit 30-40 hours per week, including occasional weekends

Preferred Skills

  • Environmental knowledge of waste reduction, water quality, and composting systems with an understanding of ecology and how environmental issues are related
  • Strong teaching skills and experience in conducting in-class presentations to groups of elementary aged students
  • Excellent administrative and data entry skills: Accurate, detail oriented, organized, time efficient, self-directed, able to multitask
  • Ability to be flexible and work both independently and as a team
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Quick to learn multiple environmental lesson presentations
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and in groups; able to work with people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds

Please submit resume and cover letter to Lindsay. Your subject line should be titled: Environmental Educator Position. Thank you!

WORKING AT EXPLORE ECOLOGY

Explore Ecology is a Santa Barbara based non-profit organization that educates over 38,000 children a year, inspiring them to engage with the natural world, think critically, and experience the value of environmental stewardship. Explore Ecology programs include the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store and Gallery, Environmental Education, Watershed Resource Center, and School Gardens.

Explore Ecology actively promotes an environment of respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We support all employees regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, national origin, creed, marital status, disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, and/or physical disability that does not inhibit the performance of the specific core tasks of this position.

CREATIVE REUSE PROGRAM

No job openings at this time.

Our Creative Reuse program has no openings at this time. 

Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.