Community Healing Gardens

Garden Instructor: After-School Program South Los Angeles

Employment type
3 months ago
Los Angeles

Work with Community Healing Gardens on our mission to heal our Los Angeles communities through urban gardening to provide food access, grow resilience, and regenerate our neighborhoods. 
As a Los Angeles based non-profit, we provide healthy regeneratively-grown food to those in need, hands-on garden and climate-based education, job training, and economic opportunity by cultivating deep collaborations with the Los Angeles schools and communities we serve.
We built and manage The Watts Tech Garden (WTG), our first 1-acre garden located on the backside of Markham Middle School in partnership with LA Cleantech Incubator, Little Green Acres Garden (LGA) in Westmont in partnership with Fathers & Mothers Who Care (FMWC), Oakwood Park Garden in Venice and 55 streetside boxes in Venice.

Garden Instructor: After-School Program
CHG is seeking an instructor for a virtual after-school garden club program for Edwin Markham Middle School in Watts, Los Angeles. The GI will work on a recurring weekly virtual instructional space, to lead middle-school students in low or non-screen-time activities based around growing their own plants and creative garden-related projects.
The garden program will serve as a vehicle for students to grow their own garden, self-awareness, imaginative faculties, and ethical connections and relationships to the natural world around them. The GA will extend the fundamentals of garden-based science to exercises that cultivate students’ consciousness of how their lives, thoughts, and behaviors are interwoven into environmental systems of water, soil quality, regional weather, and ecological integrity.

The GI will be fluent in the building blocks of garden science including the following: soil and compost, plant physiology, plant ecology, climate and seasons, regeneration, water, seed propagation, harvesting, horticultural landscaping, and irrigation. These will be the launch pads to foster students’ critical thinking and creative thinking skills that “grow” their own creative and empathic voice, as well as emotional, ethical, and social awareness.

GI will be serving a high percentage of lower-income middle school students and many English-language learners. GI must be committed to social justice and demonstrate that you have cultivated or are willing to cultivate cultural competence and humility. The position prioritizes candidates who are either from or familiar with the South Los Angeles area.

Our ideal candidate will demonstrate: 

  • Passion and enthusiasm for the natural world
  • Experience making online group presentations in an engaging manner to children
  • Educational background in the natural history of the earth, geography, soil science, horticulture, water history of California, plant physiology, permaculture, agriculture
  • Mastery of basic garden science units on plant parts, soil, natural technologies including photosynthesis and evapotranspiration, nutrients, native plants, and sense of place
  • The knowledge and experience to plan, write, and teach eco-literacy curriculum by drawing on and extending a variety of garden modules
  • Employ a variety of educational techniques (storytelling, educational play, media, etc.) to engage children
  • Link activities and exercises with classroom standards for social science/science/literacy and numeracy
  • Document students’ projects through photographs, Web sites, transcriptions of children’s words, videos, and displays
  • Implement standard classroom housekeeping procedures including administrative tracking and accountability.
  • Have empathy interpersonal skills that foster a risk-free environment for children’s’ individual expression and demonstrate high standards of interpersonal communication
  • Passion for creative and imaginative expression
  • High standards of interpersonal communication skills and mentor children by modeling behaviors that foster interpersonal understanding, patience, motivation, and transactional skills
  • Plan and execute virtual “field” trips to complement student activities
  • Work with senior management teachers regarding curriculum and lesson planning, including follow up



  • Ability to work in the US required
  • 21 years old or older required
  • Pass state criminal and background checks required
  • Competency in the Spanish language preferred
  • Be willing to test for COVID19 frequently
  • Commit to 10 hours per week and virtual class time from 2:00 - 5:00 pm Tuesdays & Thursdays for six weeks in October - November
  • Option to continue into additional academic modules


Additional Qualifications: 

  • A commitment to Community Healing Gardens’ mission
  • BS, BA in education, environmental science, environmental humanities or relevant field -OR- equivalent professional experience
  • Experience teaching and working with groups of students (especially ages 8-13) outdoors
  • Experience working with children and adults from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience in gardening or farming (Master Gardening experience desired)
  • Experience implementing paper-based curriculum guidance into group activities that use equipment/materials
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with South Los Angeles and/or South Los Angeles schools strongly preferred


Community Healing Gardens is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Additionally, We are looking for good people: good at work and with a good heart.

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