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Garden Educator


Overview

Tidelines Institute is an educational nonprofit preparing a diverse generation of students for lives of citizenship, stewardship, and leadership in the communities and wildlands of S’íx Tlein (Icy Strait) and Sit Eeti Geeyi (Glacier Bay). We seek an energetic individual to serve as a Garden Educator at our Good River Campus in Gustavus, Alaska. The Garden Educator will be responsible for developing and maintaining our half-acre vegetable garden while transmitting their gardening skills to our students. Our ideal candidate comes with substantial gardening skills (preferably in Alaska or the Pacific Northwest) as well as experience working with young people. While professional experience is desirable, it is not necessary; we also hope the Garden Educator will use the position to learn and grow.

This is a recurring seasonal, full-time position running from early spring till mid-fall, 2024. The start date for the position is between April 1st and April 30th, depending on our hiring timeline and the successful applicant’s availability. The end date for 2024 is November 11th. We anticipate similar start and end dates in subsequent years. Part time winter work may be available.


Timeline

This position is open until filled.

Application Instructions

Please submit the following to tanner@tidelinesinstitute.org.

  1. Cover letter, including
      • Your reasons for seeking this position
      • Your background, skills, and experience
      • Your interest in the mission of Tidelines Institute
      • Any experience living in remote or rural communities

2. Resumé
3. Contact information (name, email address, and phone number) for two references

Qualifications
  • Gardening skills, preferably developed in Alaska or elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest. We encourage applications from individuals with professional garden experience, light construction skills, experience using a tractor, experience working with laying hens, and/or experience erecting and utilizing high tunnels.
  • Teaching experience in outdoor, experiential, field-based, and/or farm & wilderness education, working with diverse student groups, and/or supporting students in living/learning experiences 

  • Personal characteristics: flexible, good problem-solver, motivated, self-directed, positive & has a good sense of humor, levelheaded, hard worker, organized, empathetic & understanding with young people
Responsibilities
  • Garden management. The Garden Educator will help develop and expand Tidelines’ vegetable garden, as well as manage our garden budget. Our garden is quite new, having first been planted in 2020. It currently includes several raised beds, a 24’ x 72’ high tunnel, a small orchard, two small greenhouses, a flock of ~25 ducks and chickens, and a large composting system. Our goals in the coming few years are to expand our growing area, improve the high tunnel, and build a large fence to protect the garden from moose.
  • Garden education. The Garden Educator will teach Tidelines Institute students the basics of vegetable gardening in Southeast Alaska. They will work daily for ~3 hours each day with Tidelines Institute semester students during the bulk of the season, and very likely with other interns, volunteers, and other student groups at different points in the summer. While daily activities will change with the progression of the growing season and timing of courses, the Garden Educator can expect to spend roughly half their day teaching students and the other half working independently in the garden. Each staff member serves as a personal mentor to 1-3 semester students.

Compensation
  • $2,500-$3,500/month salary, depending on experience
  • All room, board, & utilities
  • Health benefits through an employer-funded Health Savings Account
  • Matching employer contributions (up to 3% of salary) to a SIMPLE Individual Retirement Account
  • Professional development opportunities
  • 10 days paid time off + sick leave
  • $500 in relocation expenses

2. Program Assistant (Glacier Bay Semester)


Overview

Tidelines Institute is seeking two Program Assistants to help in the administration of its Glacier Bay Year program. This is a paid internship for recent college graduates with a flexible start date between May 1st and June 15th, 2024 (to accommodate school schedules) and an end date of November 15th, 2024. Duties fall into two primary categories. Both Program Assistants will assist with program logistics, provide near-peer informal mentorship to Glacier Bay Semester students, assist with aspects of program administration, help with digital photography/social media work, and (depending on skill set) potentially organize and lead wilderness trips. One Program Assistant will specialize in garden and animal care, assisting the Garden Educator in those responsibilities. The other will specialize in construction and maintenance, assisting the Campus Director in those responsibilities. Ideal candidates for both positions are independent, flexible, and motivated workers, and have an interest in being involved in an evolving experiment in experiential education. Hiring preference will go to Tidelines alumni and alumni of related programs. 

The role of Program Assistant is immersive and intense— they will be a vital member of our student-staff community and their schedule will not resemble a traditional workweek. Living in a close-knit educational community is one of the main perks of this role— healthy communication and flexibility will be key. Please direct questions to Campus Director Tanner Horst at tanner@tidelinesinstitute.org.


Timeline

Application deadline: January 15th, 2023

Notification date: March 1st, 2023

Application Instructions

Please submit the following to tanner@tidelinesinstitute.org by the January 15th deadline.

  1. Cover letter, including
  • Your reasons for seeking this position
  • Any experience working in a living-learning context, mentoring, tutoring, mediating conflicts, supporting student mental health, or working with peers in wilderness or residential contexts
  • Whether you prefer to specialize in garden tasks or construction & maintenance, and whether you have any experience in those fields
  • Whether you have any experience leading, organizing, or participating in wilderness trips
  • A paragraph detailing what you hope to learn from working for the Glacier Bay Semester program
  • Your dates of availability (we prefer an earlier start date for the PA specializing in the garden)

2. Resumé
3. Contact information (name, email address, and phone number) for two references

Qualifications

  • College diploma, or equivalent work experience
  • Legally able to work in the United States
  • In possession of a valid driver’s license, or able to obtain one by the internship start date
  • Able to lift 30 pounds
  • Some experience in one or more of the following areas: peer mentorship, academic administration, tutoring, organizing a club or group
  • Some experience in one or more of the following areas: farming, gardening, construction, maintenance, food preservation, or wilderness exploration/guiding
Responsibilities

The Program Assistants will support the Glacier Bay Semester program on a full-time basis. Program Assistants are expected to take part in staff meetings, community meetings, and weekly logistics meetings. Program Assistants are also expected to participate in Tidelines campus community life, particularly in the evenings after dinner. The program assistant’s primary duties will include:

  • Transportation & logistics for the program & the campus
  • Student mentorship, social/emotional support, self-governance support, and community participation
  • General assistance with program administration
  • 10-20 hrs/wk assisting with either the garden OR construction & maintenance tasks. (PA will apply to specialize in one or the other)
  • Digital photography, creating social media posts, and otherwise documenting program activities (no experience required)

Compensation

Compensation is $1,000/month for this paid internship. Room, board, and up to $500 in travel expenses are also included in the compensation package. The Program Assistant may also take one week of paid vacation and make use of the Tidelines gear library for outdoor trips.


3. Program Assistant (Short Courses)


Overview

Tidelines Institute is seeking two Program Assistants to help in the administration of its short courses at the Inian Islands Campus. This is a paid internship open to anyone with a high school diploma with a flexible start date between May 1st and May 15th, 2024 and an end date between August 17th and September 1st, 2024. Duties fall into two primary categories. The Program Assistant will assist with program logistics, hosting responsibilities (cooking, cleaning, etc), maintaining the Inian Islands garden and physical plant, and (as appropriate) student wilderness trips. Ideal candidates for are independent, flexible, and motivated workers, have an interest in being involved in an evolving experiment in experiential education, and are comfortable living in a remote environment. 

The role of Program Assistant is immersive and intense— they will be a vital member of our student-staff community and their schedule will not resemble a traditional workweek. Living in a close-knit educational community is one of the main perks of this role— healthy communication and flexibility will be key. Please direct questions to Co-Executive Director Zach Brown at zach@tidelinesinstitute.org


Timeline

Application deadline: February 1st, 2023

Notification date: March 15th, 2023

Application Instructions

Please submit the following to zach@tidelinesinstitute.org by the February 1st deadline.

  1. Cover letter, including
  • Your reasons for seeking this position
  • Any experience working in a living-learning context, mentoring, tutoring, mediating conflicts, supporting student mental health, or working with peers in wilderness or residential contexts
  • Any experience cooking, gardening, doing construction and maintenance, or leading/participating in wilderness trips
  • Whether you have any experience leading, organizing, or participating in wilderness trips
  • A paragraph detailing what you hope to learn from working for Tidelines Institute
  • Your dates of availability 

2. Resumé
3. Contact information (name, email address, and phone number) for two references

Qualifications

  • High school diploma, or equivalent work experience
  • Legally able to work in the United States
  • Able to lift 30 pounds
  • Some experience in one or more of the following areas: peer mentorship, academic administration, tutoring, organizing a club or group
  • Some experience in one or more of the following areas: cooking, farming, gardening, construction, maintenance, food preservation, or wilderness exploration/guiding
Responsibilities

The Program Assistant will support the Tidelines Institute short courses on a full-time basis. Program Assistants are expected to take part in staff meetings, community meetings, and weekly logistics meetings. Program Assistants are also expected to participate in Tidelines campus community life, particularly in the evenings after dinner. The program assistant’s primary duties will include:

  • Assisting the caretakers with hosting responsibilities for student groups (cooking, cleaning, logistics, conducting tours)
  • Student mentorship, social/emotional support, self-governance support, and community participation
  • Digital photography, creating social media posts, and otherwise documenting program activities (no experience required)
  • Depending on experience, assisting with backcountry trips

Compensation

Compensation is $1,000/month for this paid internship. Room, board, and up to $500 in travel expenses are also included in the compensation package. The Program Assistant may also take one week of paid vacation and make use of the Tidelines gear library for outdoor trips.


equal opportunity employment policy


It is the policy of Tidelines Institute to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Tidelines Institute prohibits any such discrimination or harassment toward employees or volunteers. 


Pssst! Want to apply for BOTH Program Assistantships? They’re evaluated separately, but you’re more than welcome (even encouraged!) to throw your hat in the ring for both. You can even use the same application for the most part – just read the instructions carefully so you know how the positions differ.