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Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC) AmeriCorps Culinary Arts AND GARDEN Educator

BAYAC AmeriCorps

BAYAC AmeriCorps collaborates with over 20 agencies in over 70 schools and community-based organizations to serve youth and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of AmeriCorps, BAYAC Members commit to a full-time (40 hours/week) term of service in Bay Area communities, working to provide youth with opportunities for meaningful engagement, skill building, and emotional and social development. The Breakfast Project is a host site for BAYAC Members serving in our 2019-2020 cohort.

  • Work full time in diverse and vibrant Bay Area communities

  • Work within the education and nonprofit sectors

  • Develop youth development skills through ongoing training and learning opportunities

  • Make lasting connections with fellow service-minded community members

  • Develop personal and professional goals with guidance and support

  • Promote meaningful community partnerships

  • Become part of a large AmeriCorps alumni network

Position Description

The Breakfast Project Culinary Arts and Garden Educator works within the community at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy (HMCRA) to bring hands-on food and garden-based education to a diverse group of students in grades K-5. The role involves designing and teaching lessons, collaborating with school staff, and maintaining the kitchen classroom and outdoor classroom as safe and effective educational spaces. The Culinary Arts and Garden Educator reports to the Director and works closely with the Principal of HMCRA.  

The successful candidate will demonstrate initiative, a passion for working with young people, flexibility, comfort with ambiguity, the ability to stay organized, and identify as both an extrovert and an optimist.

*Please note that the addition of the garden education component to this AmeriCorps role is a pilot for The Breakfast Project during a time of transition at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy. The school will be undergoing construction, including in the area of the current edible garden, during the 2019-2020 school year. By combining what were previously two roles into one, we hope to better integrate the science lessons students experience in the outdoor classroom with the edible social studies experience they have in the school kitchen.


  • Co-teach daily culinary arts classes (morning program and school day) for students in grades K-5

  • Lead daily garden-based classes (school day) for students in grades K-5

  • Mentor individual students in and out of class, model respect and curiosity for learning, and encourage students’ interests and talents

  • Collaborate with grade-level teachers on curriculum design  

  • Maintain the physical space of the kitchen classroom and outdoor classroom, as well as supplies and equipment

  • Lead the school-wide initiative to care for three chickens on school grounds

  • Contribute to a safe, sanitary, and food-positive environment

  • Support daily lunch periods, providing targeted programming as needed

  • Help plan and execute ad hoc events such as Community Garden Workdays and Family Gratitude Breakfast

  • Initiate and manage a bi-monthly community garden volunteers program

  • Communicate regularly with educators and students’ families about The Breakfast Project’s work

  • Represent The Breakfast Project to the wider community

  • Complete administrative tasks (e.g. reflection, data reporting) in a timely manner


  • Experience working with children ages 5-11

  • Experience working within multicultural communities

  • Familiarity with common produce and ingredients used in the kitchen

  • Basic knowledge of and interest in horticulture

  • Ability to interact effectively with a variety of constituents including students, parents, teachers, volunteers, and visitors

  • Ability to work in a physically demanding environment, which includes lifting, standing, and bending

  • Commitment to social justice and cultivation of or willingness to cultivate cultural competence and humility

  • Experience with public school environments (desired)

  • Successful completion of the ServSafe Food Handler certification (upon hire)

AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States

  • At least 18 years old

  • High school graduate or obtained a GED

  • Ability to work full-time (40 hours/week) and commit to an 11 month term of service from August 2019-July 2020

  • Successful completion of TB test and Live Scan/fingerprinting (upon hire)

Benefits Include

  • $1,430 monthly living stipend

  • $10,000 education award upon completion of term

  • Health care benefits through Symetra

  • Student loan forbearance for qualifying loans

  • Childcare assistance (if eligible)


To apply, please submit a letter of interest and résumé via email. Candidates will first be screened by The Breakfast Project. Finalists must then apply to BAYAC AmeriCorps for final approval. 

Thank you for your interest in The Breakfast Project!