Applications for our 2014-2015 Corps for Education Outside cohort are now closed. We will contact those applicants we wish to interview by the end of March.

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Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for gutsy, energetic folks with a positive attitude and a can-do spirit. We’re looking for independent self-starters who also understand the value of teamwork. Most of all, we’re looking for bright, passionate young people who are ready to dedicate two years of their lives to service. Working with elementary-aged kids is not for the faint of heart, so you should be flexible, able to think on your feet, and know when to stand firm and when to go with the flow.

We strive for a Corps that reflects the diversity of the students we serve, and we strongly encourage applications from people of color and underrepresented populations. Spanish- or Chinese-language proficiency is a bonus (but not required).

How it works

Each Corps member is assigned to a San Francisco elementary school for a two-year term of service. This is a full-time position starting in July, when we begin training, and ending in May at the end of the school year. Mondays through Thursdays are dedicated to teaching in the outdoor classroom and leading sustainability efforts at your school site. Fridays are reserved for school site administration and mandatory (and fun!) professional development trainings.

As a Corps member, you will serve on your own at your school site, becoming part of the school and staff community. But you will also be part of a Corps for Education Outside cohort, which means you’ll have a posse of peers with whom to learn and grow.

"My experience as a Corps member has been challenging, powerful, and incredibly rewarding. It is easily the most educational and rewarding position I've ever had the opportunity to experience. I have grown as an environmental educator and grown more passionate about this field of work with each passing day."

What you’ll get

  • An annual living stipend of $25,000

  • Full medical, dental, and vision benefits

  • Ample paid vacation and holiday time

  • 140 hours of training and professional development in areas including horticultural best practices, classroom management, cultural and conflict competence, peer-to-peer mentorship, and more

  • An incredible, life-changing experience

Where you'll serve

Our program currently operates in San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), which has more than 55 green schoolyards—and you will be the steward of one of them! SFUSD is a large, ethnically diverse district, with many English-language learners and a high percentage of low-income children. We serve schools all across the city. Some of our schools are language-immersion programs, where instruction is given in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Korean as well as English.

How to Apply

Applications for our 2014-2015 Corps are now closed. Next year's applications will be open in January 2015.


January 23, 2014: Application open.

March 7: Applications due. 

March: Application review.

April: First-round and final interviews.

May 1: Corps members selected, applicants notified of their status.

May: Possible shadowing and site visits.

July 21: Report for work! Boot camp begins.

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