Education & Outreach Teaching Assistant

The Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF) seeks a creative, energetic, and enthusiastic teaching assistant to join the small and highly motivated OSGF Education and Outreach team. The primary goal of this position is to support the Education and Outreach Specialist and the day-to-day efforts made by the Education and Outreach team both on and offsite.
The Education and Outreach department was formed in July 2022 and has quickly grown its presence in the community, impacting over 1,000 youth and seniors in 2023, with plans of increasing its impact even more in 2024. The primary goal of OSGF’s Education and Outreach programs are to engage with and support our local community, primarily in Fauquier and Loudoun Counties, with particular focus on working closely with audiences that are traditionally underserved. The programs that are offered are meant to be hands-on, purposeful and joyful experiences and aim to inspire community members to connect with plants, nature and each other.
The Education and Outreach Teaching Assistant should be a self-starter who can assist with the design and implementation of educational programs that leverage OSGF’s unique resources including the Biocultural Conservation Farm (BCCF), the Biodiversity Management Team, Library, Gardens and landscape. This is fast-paced position, that works closely with youth and seniors, both on and offsite, and both outside in the elements as well as indoors in a classroom setting. The individual should be able to work exceptionally well with community members of all ages, be comfortable speaking in public, and be passionate about plants, the outdoors, community and education.
Pay Rate:
$22/hour, 40 hours per week. Schedule includes some weekend and evening programs. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance as well as paid holidays and up to 10 days of PTO.
Upperville, VA; The Oak Spring estate is located in rural northern Virginia, 15 minutes from the nearest town and approximately 1 hour west of DC.
To Apply:
We will begin reviewing applications immediately on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply quickly. To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and 3 professional references to hr@osgf.org with the subject line “Education and Outreach Teaching Assistant.”
• Provide support to the Education and Outreach Specialist to ensure a safe and stimulating educational environment.
• Assist the Education and Outreach Specialist in planning and preparation for daily activities; aids instructional efforts of the teacher.
• Assist the Education and Outreach Specialist in preparing lesson outlines, plans, and curricula in assigned areas.
• Plan prepare, and develop various teaching aids for use in the classroom, including activity sheets, drawings, and similar handouts.
• Present subject matter to children or adults, utilizing various methods including stories, games, demonstrations, projects, discussions, and role-playing.
• Lead OSGF Outreach activities on and off-site.
• Assists children or seniors, individually or in groups, with lesson assignments to present or reinforce learning concepts.
• Assist with growing and harvesting instructional materials.
• Help maintain teaching and learning environments.
• May lead, guide, and train employees, interns, and volunteers performing related work.
• Correspond with participating community partners.
• Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
• Collaborate with other OSGF Departments on projects related to outreach programs.
• As time permits, working on the farm with the BCCF team to gain experience in, and understand, the different areas of the farm, which will be essential for developing educational and outreach materials that relate to the BCCF. Tasks may include: harvesting produce, weeding, planting, harvesting and processing seed, etc.
• A broad understanding of plants, agriculture, and horticulture, and how these
subjects overlap with the arts, humanities, and sciences.
• Experience assisting with educational programs- formal or informal settings.
• A friendly demeanor, and a demonstrated ability to work with diverse community and/or student groups.
• An interest in developing programs that highlight or work in support of the
educational content currently offered at local schools and/or organizations.
• Excellent oral and written communication, and time management skills.
• Ability to exhibit safe and responsible conduct in an indoor or outdoor classroom environment.
• A dependable, collaborative and solution-oriented team player.
• Proficient with Microsoft and Google Suites.
• Ability to lift at least 50 pounds.
• Ability to work in inclement weather.
• A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation are necessary for this position. Additionally, the successful candidate will be required to drive regularly to and from programs, to pick up supplies, etc. utilizing an OSGF provided vehicle.
• A Background check is required for this position

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Upperville, Virginia 20184
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