Education Specialist (Urban Agriculture), Architect of the Capitol, U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington D.C.
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This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), Public Programs Division. The candidate serves as an Education Specialist (Urban Agriculture) with emphasis on urban agriculture and assists in educational programs that fulfill the USBG's mission.
The candidate is responsible for developing partnerships and educational programs, conducting outreach and engagement and developing participation in the program area of urban agriculture.
The experienced candidate serves as the U.S. Botanic Garden’s primary expert on urban agriculture and is a liaison to internal offices and external organizations in the community. The position will require working weekends, holidays and extended hours on a recurring basis as directed. Some travel will be required.
This position may be filled at the GS-7, GS-9 or GS-11 level. If starting at the lower levels, developmental assignments will be given with the goal of attaining the full performance level. Duties quoted below are at the GS-11 level.
Major Duties Include:
Identifies, develops, manages and oversees new urban agriculture partnerships between the AOC/USBG and public gardens and other institutions nationwide aimed at providing educational and job training experiences in urban agriculture, horticulture, food production and preparation, nutrition, composting and related areas in urban communities.
Develops, writes, offers and evaluates new educational programs that fulfill the mission of the USBG, focusing on agriculture production and sustainable food systems. Develops and offers formal and informal educational programs and hands-on activities for classroom, greenhouses and outdoor gardens, through a range of formats, including workshops, classes, discovery carts, festivals, and for diverse audiences of differing ages, backgrounds and educational levels.
Identifies and builds relationships with a diversity of relevant stakeholders in agriculture and food systems locally. Engages with other public gardens, institutions and organizations nationwide and in and around Washington, D.C., that have or are developing urban agriculture and community engagement programs or are working in the fields of urban agriculture, gardening and/or food systems. Works to diversify USBG’s program audience through community engagement.
Works with the horticulture team to cultivate and interpret plants of agricultural, economic and culinary importance. Assists with design and installation of agricultural and horticultural demonstrations in an urban setting and provides for their maintenance and upkeep through activities like planting, weeding, watering, fertilizing and related tasks. Performs complex plant cultivation tasks and may utilize a variety of equipment including but not limited to hand and power-operated garden tools.
Participates in displays of plants, exhibits and educational programs for the public and advocates a commitment to fostering sustainability and plant conservation.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required.
Closing date: 27/09/2018