Planting Justice is Hiring a Full-time Educator!


JOB DESCRIPTION AND CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Planting Justice is excited to be hiring a full-time Educator. If you are creative and passionate about social justice, please consider applying and spread the word far and wide.  We are accepting applications through June 22nd, 2015 by 11 pm PDT

Organizational Overview

Planting Justice is a non-profit organization based in Oakland, CA that activates people most directly impacted by poverty and food injustice in order to create a more local and sustainable food system. Our programs include a landscaping service for private residents; grassroots fundraising; urban farm and training centers; and an education program. We assist the community in developing their skills around permaculture design; nutrition education; and multimedia arts that ground and connect urban gardens with local and international struggles and movements for social justice. Our work takes place at high schools, prisons/jails/juvenile detention facilities; on our 5-acre farm; in partnership with community service providers; through local and regional bus tours; our internal workplace justice trainings; and sliding scale workshops for the general public.


Job Responsibilities

The main responsibility of the Educator position is to coordinate ongoing educational programs using Planting Justice’s curriculum. This currently includes:

–    Fremont High School

–    McClymonds High School

–    Keller Plaza Apartments

–    Insight Garden Program at San Quentin State Prison

–    Santa Rita Jail

-- Stanislaus County Juvenile Detention Center

--   Chrysalis Recovery Center

-- City of Refuge United Church of Christ

–    El Sobrante Farm and Training Center

–    As well as one-day workshops at other high schools, community centers, and regional gatherings

Relevant tasks to successfully carry out these responsibilities are:

–    Maintain relationships with each site coordinator (teachers, administrators, etc)

–    Recruit participants at each site and gather emergency contact information and waiver      forms

–    Facilitate workshops using the Planting Justice curriculum

–    Design new curriculum when inspired

–    Coordinate with Planting Justice staff to ensure each garden site is maintained: twice/week watering, trash clean up, planting, harvesting, pruning, amending, mulching, etc.

–    Take videos and pictures from each site

–    Represent Planting Justice by attending conferences, speaking on panels, and tabling at community events

Training may include:

–    Basic Permaculture principles, approaches, ethics and techniques

–    Popular education and pedagogies of liberation

–    Curriculum development and lesson planning

–    Grant writing

–    Word, Excel, social media



–    Ability to work with diverse staff and student body (diversity: racial, gender, class, sexuality, ability)

-- A willingness to be positive, flexible, self-motivated, accountable, resourceful, and transparent.



–    Ongoing feedback from community and fellow staff

–    Annual 360 degree staff reflections


Leadership Opportunities

–    Opportunity to join the Planting Justice Board of Directors

–    Opportunity to launch new educational programming and collaborative projects



$34,000 + /year with some benefits


Work Schedules

Full-time employment with Planting Justice is 40 hours/week, commonly Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm and some evenings/weekends.

Nature of Employment

Planting Justice is an equal opportunity employer.

Employment with Planting Justice is at will.


Application Process

Start date of July 21

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Paul Sheldon, Executive Assistant at by June 22nd, 2015 by 11 pm PDT.