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Spring After-School & Summer Camp Garden Teacher Needed

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Attention 'GREEN' Teachers! Do you love children, gardening, vegetables, and the sun?

Common Threads is a non-profit organization that educates children about nutrition, physical well-being, and cultural diversity. We are seeking a seasonal, part-time instructor to teach hands-on classes to 8-12 year olds during our spring after-school session and summer camp.

Classes are held in our vegetable garden in Kenwood Community Park. Our six-week spring after-school classes run Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 28-June 4, 3:30-5:30pm. Summer camp gardening classes run from June 22-July 30th, Mondays-Thursdays, 12-4 pm.

Classes will be held Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 3:30-5:30 during Spring session (May-June) and on weekday afternoons during Summer camp (June 23-Aug 1). Gardening Instructor(s) will teach gardening and craft activities to classes of 16-20 students. Curriculum is prepared for you, and no garden maintenance outside of in-class gardening activities is required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Teaching experience; 8-12 year old age range preferred

Organization, leadership, and communication skills

Basic knowledge of plants, vegetables, gardening, &/or agriculture

Comfort leading arts & crafts activities, games, experiments with children

Other Minimum Requirements:

Commitment to complete spring & summer session class schedule

Interview & reference check; background check required before class begins

Learn more about Common Threads at

For more information or to apply, please email questions or resumes to Courtney Truetelaar at

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