Join the Corps
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 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
A $25,000 annual stipend (paid biweekly) for your 1,700 hours of service
Full medical, dental, and vision benefits
Approximately 300 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
The application period for 2015-16 is now closed. Check back in December 2015 for updates about the 2016-17 cohort of Corps members.
January 20, 2015: Application open.
March 31: Applications due.
April 3: Applications closed.
April: First-round interviews.
Early May: Second-round interviews.
Late May/early June: Final selections and hiring.
July: Boot camp orientation begins.