Growing Space Educator

We are looking for someone with experience gardening or farming, and supporting students to engage in hands-on project based experiential learning to work 10-20 hours/week assisting our Program Director delivering lessons in growing and cooking at Food Moxie’s growing & educational spaces at Stenton Family Manor and Martin Luther King High School.

scope of work

  • Assist in delivering hands-on experiential learning activities across our growing and learning spaces at Stenton Family Manor and Martin Luther King High School. Lessons take place outdoors when weather permits.
  • Activities are centered around growing and cooking  using art, music, movement, and/or other mediums or subject areas to connect learners of all ages and stages to outdoor growing spaces, to farming and/or gardening, and/or to the culinary arts.
  • Each educational event is between  60 to 90 minutes in length with 60 minutes of prep/set up/breakdown time for each 60 minutes of education delivered
  • Focus on sensory and experiential education
  • Education is emergent, learner-centric and trauma sensitive
  • Emphasis on safety is critical- especially knife/stove/etc
  • Instructions provided at the beginning of activity with regular reminders throughout
  • Emphasis on what’s growing in our growing spaces, and fresh food highlighting seasonal fruits, veggies and herbs 
  • Connect cultural, community, and food histories as relevant
  • Expect varying levels of confidence/skill in growing and cooking 
  • Expect learners at all ages and stages and abilities from diverse backgrounds 

Qualifications/Skills/Attributes:

  • At least one year of relevant experience
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with communities of color, with a nuanced understanding of systemic oppressions
  • Ability to work with people at all ages and stages from diverse backgrounds, including children/youth, those experiencing homelessness, and those with differing intellectual and/or physical abilities
  • Team oriented and has high level of comfort asking for assistance when needed; able to take direction and work effectively independently and solve problems collaboratively
  • Flexible, resourceful, and adaptable
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds; to walk, stand, kneel, or bend for long periods of time

Job particulars

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-5:30pm, plus a weekly staff meeting (time TBD), and optional additional opportunity on Wednesday morning
  • April – Mid June, with the possibility of exploring extension through the summer onwards and/or a step up into a permanent, salaried lead educator position
  • $20/hour
  • Must be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless you have an exception in accordance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Note: Before beginning work, all potential Food Moxie employees must undergo a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, a Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background Check. You will also be required to complete the free online course mandated by Pennsylvania on Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse.  

Apply For This Position:

FOOD MOXIE values and promotes a culture of inclusion, seeking staff from diverse backgrounds.   

FOOD MOXIE is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

To apply, send resume and a brief cover letter of approximately 300 words to kim@foodmoxie.org using the subject line: Growing Space Educator 

 Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please. 

Food Moxie is the non-profit arm of Weavers Way Co-op, a member-owned, cooperative grocery store. Food Moxie is administratively and financially independent of the co-op, and governed by a separate Board of Directors.