Activity Instructor- Gardening/Cooking

Posted by: Good Shepherd Services

Brooklyn, NY, US

Good Shepherd Services, goes where children, youth, and families face the greatest challenges and builds on their strengths to help them gain skills for success. We provide quality, effective services that deepen connections between family members, within schools, and among neighbors. A leading NYC non-profit that has been recognized for its commitment to the success of young people and families, is currently seeking an Activity Instructor- Gardening/Cooking for our P.S. 297 Community School located in Brooklyn.

JOB SUMMARY: The Activity Instructor for Gardening and Cooking plans and implements a variety of experiential learning activities using our program’s garden for participants in grades K-5. Lessons will be based around our garden which has multiple beds of herbs and vegetables. The Activity Instructor is also responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the garden.


  • Maintain school garden, caring for equipment, garden planning, watering, trellising, repairing beds, maintaining plant labels, etc.
  • Develop and implement age-appropriate garden and cooking lesson plans for children in grades K-5.
  • Submit lesson/activity plans in advance for review.
  • Guide and teach students though all aspects of garden propagation, planting, cultivation, and general maintenance.
  • Delegate support roles to group leaders and program aides during class time to assist with facilitation of group.
  • Harvest and prepare small tastings with the class, and/or harvest for students to take home.
  • Communicate with group leaders and program aides about the progress of individual students.
  • Organize, maintain inventory and store supplies and equipment.
  • Guide program participants in examining choices, following directions, and active involvement in program activities.
  • Participate in staff trainings, meetings and development activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma or GED required; some college in a related field preferred.
  • Experience in education and working with children in a garden setting preferred.
  • Able to lead and participate in group activities.
  • Knowledge of seasonal planting, composting, preparing beds for winter and basic cooking skills.
  • Excellent group facilitation skills.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work collaboratively.
  • Must have a commitment to work from a strength based and/or youth development perspective.
  • Love for people, plants and the Earth!


All staff are expected to be committed to the mission, vision and values of Good Shepherd Services, which includes involvement in quality improvement activities and a willingness to work within a culturally diverse environment.

Good Shepherd Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Any offer of employment is contingent upon receiving satisfactory references and approval of hire by applicable regulatory bodies, as appropriate. For programs regulated by the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the Department of Youth Justice Programs, the respective City departments determine employment eligibility and advise Good Shepherd Services (GSS) if the organization can hire the individual. Falsification or omission of relevant information in connection with any application for employment is grounds for denial or dismissal.

Via:: Idealist