Nursery Educator

310 105th Ave, Oakland, CA 94503


Projected Interview Dates:

Accepting applications until April 20, 2024. Interviews will be held in the following weeks. Final selection of candidates completed by the end of April

Projected Start Date:

May 2024

**Dates may shift based on team or applicants needs

Roles & Responsibilities


The main responsibility of the position is to lead and support the ongoing and forthcoming educational programs and relationships on behalf of Planting Justice. Including but not limited too:

  • Sobrante Park Nursery Internships
  • Madison Park Academy
  • Lionel Wilson High School
  • El Sobrante Farm
  • Aquaponics Farm (forthcoming)
  • Other PJ Education Sites: 
  • Dewey Academy
  • McClymonds High School
  • The Electric Smoothie Lab Apothecary
  • The Good Table Retail Kitchen (forthcoming)
  • Country prisons/jails (forthcoming)


  • Coordinate various educational programs at Sobrante Park Nursery, including internships, workshops, and tours.
  • Assist in educational programming outside the nursery, such as classes at schools and community gardens, including curriculum preparation and cleanup.
  • Attend weekly program meetings and monthly staff meetings, as well as required trainings, punctually.
  • Maintain communication with the Education Team Coordinator regarding schedules, task lists, and lesson plans.
  • Contribute to curriculum development, including "Plant! Cook! Organize!" collective curriculum.
  • Contribute to various nursery programs, including seasonal internships and workplace justice trainings.
  • Engage in local, regional, and national partnerships with social justice organizations.
  • Procure necessary supplies for classes and workshops and assist in media documentation of education team activities.
  • Support education team's use of Planting Justice's curriculum in food justice, culinary arts, and permaculture design.
  • Maintain communication with nursery management and volunteer coordinator for tasks, field trips, and volunteer groups.
  • Ensure positive experiences and educational opportunities for youth participants.
  • Track participant attendance, program lesson plans, and project expenses.
  • Participate in community events, panel discussions, and meetings to strengthen relations and explore growth opportunities.
  • Assist in grant reporting, metrics collection, and contract creation and tracking with partners.
  • Recruit participants and collect necessary information and forms.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to move around the nursery, school campuses, or other work locations to meet with staff members, attend meetings, or supervise educational programs.
  • Ability to lift and carry materials: may need to lift and carry educational materials, supplies, or equipment to set up classrooms or events.
  • Ability to work tending to a garden which includes, weeding, planting, watering, as well as carrying tools and equipment
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to sit at a desk and use a computer for extended periods of time

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Prior experience with teaching in the public school system or the demonstrated ability to develop and facilitate curriculum for youth
  • Experience as a case manager, social worker, re-entry coordinator, community organizer for the abolition of the prison industrial complex, or any other related experience in supporting people re-orienting to life after incarceration
  • Experience with agro-ecology, traditional ecological knowledge, gardening, farming, Indigenous agriculture practices, or herbalism.
  • Ability to develop and teach curricula related to food sovereignty, racial justice, community healing, culinary arts, and plants
  • A clear commitment to a healing-centered, decolonial, and feminist approach
  • Maintain positive working relationships with a diverse set of community partners, program participants, and staff members.
  • Ability to remain open-minded, patient, empathetic, and growth-oriented through challenging work experiences
  • Ability to speak other languages other than English is a plus
  • Competent with Google Suite
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills with great attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn
  • Full-time availability
  • Valid driver’s license


  • Planting Justice offers a competitive pay rate and benefits package including generous PTO (20 days). Our base pay starts at $22+ an hour.
  • Health Care coverage including dental, vision, life insurance and chiropractic coverage.
  • Professional development stipend offered each year.
  • Variety of family outings with staff.
  • Direct Impact to our mission to mitigate

Nature of Employment = At Will

  • Formerly incarcerated, Black and African-American, Latinx, Native and Indigenous, women, and LGBTQIA+ encouraged to apply. Planting Justice is an equal opportunity and at-will employer. Climate Change and transform food systems to empower food sovereignty.

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Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter through the form below or to 319 105th Ave, Oakland, CA 94603

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Planting Justice is an equal-opportunity employer. Employment with Planting Justice is at-will.

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