Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wanted: School garden instructor for after school programs in Central Lake

We're hiring again! If you can work well with K-5 students, have a green thumb, and want to earn a little part time cash, this is for you. Please consider this exciting new job!

ISLAND is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), MSU Extension and Central Lake Elementary to start a school garden and run after school programs for Central Lake Elementary students.

Here's the basic info:

Phase one of this project involves a 6-8 week session, 3-4 days a week from about 3:15 to 6:15 pm. You will create and implement a simple but exciting hands-on curriculum for between 5 and 20 kids in grades K-5. The goal: to set up a brand new school garden, plant a fall cover crop, garlic and other plants, and run sustainable gardening classes at the school. You will also work with teen or adult volunteers and school staff.

ISLAND wants to hire you as the instructor/program leader. You will have complete control over the program (within the bounds of the project goals) and would check in with ISLAND staff for an hour per week in person and regularly by email.

The position pays $12/hour for between 10 and 20 hours a week (to be determined). Work hours are from about 3:15 to 6:15 on 3-4 weekdays as well as prep time hours on your own schedule. Some additional funds are available for materials and other project costs. No benefits, sorry.

This position will hopefully expand to include more projects and additional hours. The position starts October 5th (yes, that soon!) and will run through late November/early December. We may plan additional winter programming (maple syrup?), and then the regular program will start again in March and run through May.

Please email Brad Kik at if you're interested, or call (231) 480-4515.

1 comment:

turtlewoman said...

This is fantastic! I am so glad to see schools actively implementing school gardens into their curriculum. Of course, considering the time schedule it isn't exactly in the curriculum but it is well on its way. Congratulations!

Now if only I was there to apply.

Lindy - still in AZ but the plans for a move are finally making some headway :-D