Garden Educator – CalFresh Healthy Living – 2 positions

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State: California


County: Butte, Siskiyou


CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL) is a program that focuses on bettering the lives of others through nutrition and physical education. Our program serves residential, school and wellness center sites. CFHL staff deliver nutrition, garden and physical education to promote healthy lifestyles and increase access to healthy foods, and collaborate with community partners to further enhance the nutritional resources available to those in need.

We are looking for a Garden Educator to plan, implement and maintain strategies to improve health outcomes, including policies and systems that create and/or improve infrastructure and environments that increase access to healthy foods, physical activity and nutrition education. The primary responsibilities will be educating students, families and members, and supporting teachers and after-school garden clubs, to grow, maintain, harvest and cook fresh produce in edible gardens. The Garden Educator will assist sites with horticulture support, maintaining and sustaining their gardens. This role will also support sites with hydroponics systems, greenhouses and worm compost bins. The ideal candidate will be passionate about gardening and education, have experience working with children K-8th grade and families from various socio-economic backgrounds and have knowledge and/or professional relationships with local agencies in their communities.

Examples of Duties:

  • Plan, prepare, facilitate education classes and/or support groups on various topics such as starting and maintaining a seasonal garden, integrated pest management, preparing the soil, propagate and transplant seedlings, irrigate, fertilize and restock seeds/plants
  • Deliver nutrition lessons, food demos and tastings to students and members utilizing garden produce and CFHL-approved recipes
  • Collaborate with a diverse community at school sites and at NVCSS sites to increase  engagement and create inclusive sustainable garden teams
  • Research and deliver culturally appropriate curriculum materials and resources which reflect a positive approach to discipline and problem solving
  • Assist with setup and train sites to utilize and maintain current techniques and equipment such as hydroponics food systems and compost and vermicompost bins to assure they are healthy, properly maintained and productive 
  • Conduct garden assessments to identify needs, assets, barriers and ways to increase involvement in and sustainability of garden sites
  • Monitor garden sites for adequate water supply, including reporting irrigation breaks and watering by hand or supporting sites with the installation of irrigation as needed
  • Assist with garden design, purchase and assembly of in-ground or raised garden beds, trellising, hooping, etc as needed
  • Collect data and photograph sites, classes, activities and enter into online reporting in a timely manner
  • Maintain confidentiality of individuals participating in the programs
  • Collaborate with and communicate consistently and in a timely manner with the supervisor and team via in-person and virtual meetings, email, text, phone and online documents
  • Interact in a positive, respective and professional manner with all individuals who access the programs including students, school faculty and before and after school staff;
  • Demonstrate an understanding and respect for diverse cultures
  • Develop and provide community service presentations to the community, school staff, employers and other interested parties
  • Attend and engage in team meetings, trainings, workshops, and conferences as designated by supervisor
  • Perform related duties as assigned


$21.54 (Step A) - $22.85 (Step C)

Minimum Employment Qualifications:

Associate’s degree with experience in related fields such as education, nutrition or gardening. A Bachelor's degree in a related field is preferred. Be able to obtain ServSafe food handling certification. Have reliable transportation and have a driver’s license and auto insurance. Google platform experience preferred. Excellent communication skills, facilitation, presentation and teaching skills are preferred. Experience working with youth in a school or community setting is preferred. Knowledge of gardening practices, sustainable agriculture and a basic understanding on how a hydroponic system works. Bilingual English/Spanish is preferred.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
Ability to work with frequent interruptions and carry out activities in a safe manner
Ability to stand, stoop, reach and bend. Mobility of arms to reach and dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate large and small objects
Ability to work or stand for long periods outdoors and tolerate varying weather conditions, including practicing proper hydration and sun protection
Ability to adhere to safety protocols and read a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when handling hazardous materials when treating a recirculating hydroponics system.
Ability to prepare a meal with students using harvested crops from the garden, greenhouse and/or hydroponics system. Work with teachers to plan and organize and oversee that students are using tools safely and adhere to ServSafe food safety practices.
Ability to frequently lift and/or move increments of up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds


At NVCSS, our benefit program includes monetary and non-monetary benefits that are carefully designed to support the entirety of your life, both personally and professionally. This position is eligible to participate in our benefits package including: medical, dental, vision, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and group and voluntary life insurance and AD&D. Other benefits include leave of absences, generous holiday pay, paid sick and vacation time off, and retirement programs.

NVCSS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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