Garden Educator/Coordinator

January 2, 2024

Website Ground Education

Nature is our classroom!

About Ground Education

At Ground Education, the natural world is our classroom, where we can learn to mutually thrive on the Earth we all share.  We are a growing nonprofit with a passion for bringing high-quality, inspiring, nature-based lessons to every elementary student as part of their school day. We currently provide 22 elementary schools and nearly 14,000 students in the Long Beach Unified School District with edible and native plant learning gardens and teach hands-on lessons that nurture every student’s academic, physical and emotional well-being.

Come join our team!  GroundEd is a fun and growing environmental education organization!

We are looking for a Garden Educator to facilitate garden lessons, nurture our school partnerships and help maintain school garden spaces in local elementary schools.

If you would like to join an up-beat, driven, and fun culture and share our vision to have elementary students exploring, thinking and learning in nature spaces and want to help us grow, we look forward to hearing from you.

Job Details:

-Facilitate/teach garden lessons using Ground Education curriculum and lesson plans.
-Plant and perform routine garden maintenance activities.
-Build relationships with school staff, classroom teachers and parents to promote a culture of taking learning outdoors.
-Coordinate occasional walking field trips, garden clean-up work parties and evening family nights.
-Act as an on-site naturalist, facilitating our innovative approach to hands-on learning.
-Collect and prepare supplies for lesson days.
Provide supervision and support to CSULB interns when on-site
-Participate in our ongoing documentation of student experiences by taking pictures, maintaining garden notes and assisting with participant data tracking.
-Comply with LBUSD COVID-19 safety protocols.

Initially, Garden Educators will train alongside senior educators at various sites to learn our curriculum, processes, and program.  After training, Garden Educators will become responsible for coordinating a Ground Education school site.

Successful candidates will:

-Most importantly, be a team player!
-Successfully complete Live Scan fingerprint/background check and TB test.
-Hold a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in education or natural sciences.
-Have a desire to work with children and classroom teachers to help cultivate an interest in nature.
-Have a demonstrated interest and track record with gardening, environmental science, and/or sustainability.
-Possess excellent facilitation and problem-solving skills, a positive attitude, and a mission-driven work ethic.
-Have personal skills including dependability, flexibility, and a willingness to get dirty.
-Be able to organize work, take initiative, function independently, lift 50 pounds and work in an outdoor setting.
-Be comfortable working  with diverse groups of people.
-Have experience working with young children in large group settings (preferred).
-Have reliable transportation.


This position is part time, approximately 8-22 hours per week during the school year. Flexible, but Garden Educators should have 1-3 days per week available to work in an elementary school during the school year from approximately 8:30am-3:00pm.



How to Apply:  Send cover letter and resume to

EEO Statement

At GroundEd we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our services, and our community. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and staff. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.

We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and we encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, bilingual and bicultural individuals, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. Ground Education is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is committed to compliance with all fair employment practices.

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at or call us at (562) 682-4703.

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