Kitchen and Garden Educator - EcoSpaces Education

Philip's Education Partners | Newark, NJ

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Posted Date 7/23/2019
Expiration Date9/30/2019

About EcoSpaces Education (

Our vision is for every child to have access to learning environments that connect food with education. We work toward a future where all schools and families prioritize food literacy by giving kids the tools to understand where food comes from, how it nourishes us, and how it shapes our relationships. This approach is our opportunity to change the health of our nation.

Nature and Scope of Job: The EcoSpaces Coordinator oversees all aspects of the school’s rooftop organic garden and teaching kitchen.  S/he plans and facilitates daily garden and kitchen classes (K-8) and maintains these learning environments.  The EcoSpaces Educator reports to the School Principal and is directed by the EcoSpaces Department.


Job Functions and Responsibilities:


  • Design and conduct daily garden and cooking classes.
  • Collaborate and co-teach with grade-level teachers in the design and execution of kitchen and garden-based curriculum (during scheduled EcoSpaces class periods).
  • Guide students in general maintenance of the garden with specific focus on compost, harvest, propagation, and cultivation.
  • Mentor individual students in and out of class, model respect and curiosity for learning, and encourage students’ interests and talents.


Lesson Development and Documentation:

  • Collaborate with grade-level classroom teachers in the development of garden and kitchen lessons that are integrated with classroom teaching, EcoSpaces goals, and academic standards.
  • Collaborate with the EcoSpaces Team in the documentation of all EcoSpaces lessons.
  • Oversee the documentation of garden maps, harvest totals, garden history, kitchen recipes, and activities.
  • Schedule and facilitate pre- and post-rotation meetings with Philips Academy teachers regarding curriculum and lesson planning.



  • Manage the garden at a level of production and diversity that ensures ample produce to the teaching kitchen.
  • Manage propagation, soil fertility, composting, crop rotation, garden planning, pruning, irrigation, pest and disease management, and general garden maintenance.
  • Oversee seed ordering, soliciting seed donations.
  • Work independently during the summer to maintain the garden.
  • Maintain safety standards for food handling, equipment operation, and other general procedures.


Communication and Outreach:

  • Participate in school and EcoSpaces staff meetings and professional development.
  • Maintain healthy relationships with staff, teachers and administrative staff, students, parents and neighbors.
  • Actively participate in EcoSpaces events, school events, and relevant community events.
  • Helps support Culinary Team with coordination of Dining Room tastings.
  • Assists Coordinates weekly school Fresh Food Distribution Days.
  • Organize community garden workdays and volunteers.
  • Contribute regularly to the EcoSpaces website and Philip’s Newsletter.
  • Works with EcoSpaces Department in the development of an annual plan.



  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or 3 years related experience.
  • Classroom experience a plus.
  • Commitment to ensuring academic success for all students.
  • Shared dedication to Philip’s Academy’s philosophy and mission.
  • Excellent teamwork, work ethic, and organizational skills.
  • Communicate effectively in English, both orally and verbally. Bilingual a plus.
  • Possess excellent integrity, a gentle spirit, and demonstrate strong moral character and initiative.
  • Demonstrate technological abilities: word processing, data management, and informational retrieval.
  • Maintain ongoing professional development.
  • Submit a background checks through the New Jersey Department of Education.
  • Be CPR, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogen certified or obtain certification upon hire.
  • Complete a Tuberculosis test and physical and provide a physician’s documentation of both.
  • Be able to kneel, bend, squat, lift, push, pull, and carry students up to 70lbs.
  • Have dependable transportation.

Philip’s Academy Charter Schools 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.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


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