The Graham Middle School (GMS) FLIGHT program is fortunate to have access to onsite outdoor education facilities including a greenhouse, raised garden beds, and the potential to establish a community garden. We have the need for a part time gardening instructor. Qualifications: • Experience with organic gardening methods related to greenhouse and raised bed gardening. • Experience with composting. • Experience with hydroponic gardening in a greenhouse, preferred but not required. • Experience and desire to build interest and excitement of middle school students in outdoor education. • Experience and ability to coordinate with additional community resources, e.g. local Master Gardeners, 4-H, the Extension Service and hydroponic businesses that enhance the outdoor education program available to middle school students. • Experience in establishing community gardens, preferred but not required.
Duties and Responsibilities: • Develop and or adapt an existing curriculum specific to the science of horticulture to systematically teach middle school age students the science and art of small plot vegetable gardening. The curriculum will modular based upon seasonal requirements associated with production from seed to market, including the effective use of an onsite greenhouse. • Work collaboratively with the FLIGHT Site Coordinator to create a timeline for students to learn about and participate in soil testing, soil augmentation, composting, weeding, watering from March through September • Work collaboratively with the FLIGHT Site Coordinator to create a timeline for students to plant and harvest vegetables and flowers from March through September. • Work collaboratively with the FLIGHT Site Coordinator to create a timeline for students to learn about and participate in weeding, watering, and feeding the wildflower plot to sustain the onsite honeybee hive that is part of the school day curriculum. March through September • Develop and deliver gardening lessons that focus on the science involved in gardening, planting designs, what plants are compatible plant partners and when and how to plant according to the timeline. • Work collaboratively with the FLIGHT Site Coordinator and students to schedule garden maintenance including watering, weeding, feedings, and organic pest control. • Develop gardening lessons that utilize the greenhouse to start plant seedlings. • Develop gardening lessons utilizing hydroponic growing in the greenhouse for year-round production. • Work collaboratively with the FLIGHT Site Coordinator to create a timeline for students to maintain hydroponic gardening in the greenhouse October through February. • Research, design and plan to add community gardening plots for the summer of 2021 that will generate sustainability dollars for the FLIGHT program.