Teacher Naturalist – Garden Coordinator


This is a full-time, non-exempt position with benefits, including vacation and sick leave, medical, dental, and retirement benefits. The compensation for this position is $26/hour.  The responsibilities for this position primarily center around teaching (75%). Other responsibilities (25%) include managing the educational garden, communicating with other departments, and developing specialty curriculum. During the summer season, this position provides primary leadership in garden education and activities for the Summer Camp program. The start date for this position will be January 2023.

Hidden Villa has over 50 years of providing experiential, place-based learning opportunities that focus on building connections with food & farms, wilderness exploration, environmental stewardship, and environmental and social justice. The Garden Coordinator works closely with the Senior Manager of Education and other instructors to deliver high quality experiences that connect participants to climate change mitigation, healthy local food systems, an antiracist and just society and place-based outdoor education for all.


Key Responsibilities

  • Lead groups of students through on-site and in-classroom programs using the organic garden, wilderness and farm animals
  • Support educational program logistics and administrative systems
  • Communicate regular updates to staff and volunteers regarding changes in the garden space, program resources and needs
  • Plan and manage a quarter acre educational garden, including daily projects and chores
  • Harvest and preserve food for programs and participants
  • Coordinate and manage garden volunteers
  • Provide garden training and informational materials for staff and volunteers
  • Act as liaison with the agricultural and animal husbandry programs on site
  • Support and supervise interns in garden planning, maintenance, and instruction
  • Contribute to department and organizational strategic efforts around service, access, outreach, impact and program design and delivery
  • Support training and mentorship of Summer Camp staff in education garden protocols and activities
  • Lead garden education and activities Summer Camp program
  • Occasionally support organization-wide weekend or evening events
  • Other tasks and duties as assigned from time to time

Candidate Qualifications

  • Relevant educational background and experience in environmental education, garden/farm education or related fields
  • Organized team player, capable of working with or without supervision, with excellent communication skills
  • Experience, skills or abilities with any of the following: farms and gardens, working with diverse populations, wilderness experience
  • Must pass a Livescan background check
  • Be willing to become certified in CPR and First Aid upon employment

Terms of Employment

This is a nonexempt, full-time position. Workdays are Monday through Friday. The pay rate for this position is $26/hour. Occasionally weekend or evening shifts will be required to support organization/board events. Hidden Villa provides an excellent benefit package that includes vacation and sick leave, medical, dental, vision, acupuncture/chiropractic and retirement benefits. All applicants will be required to complete Livescan fingerprinting before hire. Hidden Villa is a non-smoking environment.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Encouraging Applications from All Backgrounds

Hidden Villa is committed to creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization at all levels. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.