Summer School Garden Program Teachers, New Britain ROOTS

New Britain ROOTS is seeking full-time, temporary summer school garden program teachers. There are openings available for assistant and head teachers.

Organization Overview

Mission Statement: We cultivate community connections and equitable access to quality food through empowerment and learning with the people who grow, prepare, and eat food in New Britain.

ROOTS provides education programs for students in grades K-12 on food justice, sustainable farming, and empowered eating practices. For more information, please visit us at

Position Description

ROOTS is now accepting applications for assistant teachers and head teachers for our summer farm-to-school program in New Britain. The program is held from July 12th through August 13 from 8am-3pm, Monday-Friday. The curriculum will focus on growing vegetables, nutrition, nature education, and sustainability. Teachers will use hands-on activities to promote literacy, science, and math standards. We serve students in Grades K-3 and Grades 6-8 at 4 schools. When applying please indicate your grade preference.

Assistant Teachers:
Assistant teachers follow the instruction of the head teacher and help with all aspects of the program including;

  • activity prep
  • set-up
  • keeping students on task
  • assisting students individually
  • clean up
  • classroom management

Assistant Teacher Qualifications:
Completed their Freshman year of college and have at least one year in a youth development or leadership role with elementary age students or substitute 3 years of youth development experience with no college credits.

Assistant teacher compensation is $16/hr

Head Teachers:
Head Teachers are responsible for delivering the ROOTS curriculum focused on gardening, nutrition, and sustainability. Teachers will have access to ROOTS support staff, their school’s greenhouse or gardens, and a budget for program supplies.

Head Teacher Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in education, environmental science, agriculture, nutrition, natural science or related field OR substitute equivalent experience in a youth/child educator role. All applicants must show at least 2 years experience in youth development and supervision. Knowledge in gardening/nutrition is not required but preferred.

Certified teacher compensation is $32.50/hr
Non-Certified Teachers Compensation Range is $18-$22/hr based on experience

All applicants must be able to pass a DCF background check, provide two professional references, and be available for the full length of the summer program.

Reports to: Joey Listro, Executive Director
Status: Full-time temporary. July 12th through August 13 from 8am-3pm, Monday-Friday. All positions are contract, non-staff.

To Apply
Submit a resume and two professional references to Joey Listro, Executive Director, at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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