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PT Environmental Science/Science Teacher

Berkwood Hedge is an independent, progressive kindergarten through fifth grade school located in the heart of the city of Berkeley.  Our mission is to provide a hands-on developmental curriculum that promotes deep and intuitive learning. 

The environmental science and garden ecology programs provide hands-on environmental education that supports and extends grade level learning in science. Units are developmentally-appropriate, guided by the California Science standards, and offer a variety of topics ranging from insect and plant life cycles to nutrition, solar energy, recycling and composting. Because this is outdoor education, the weather, season, and natural cycles in the garden and influence what classroom curriculum is studied.

The Ecology and Environmental Science teacher directs all aspects of the program including curriculum development, instruction, garden maintenance, oversight of landscaping projects, and grant writing*. Incumbent will work closely with the classroom teacher and support workdays held at the school. Collaboration with BUSD programs is highly encouraged.

Minimum Qualifications

  • K – 5 teaching experience required 
  • Basic science understanding including biology, botany, and ecology
  • Working knowledge of both landscape and food plants
  • Basic understanding of the seasonality of food crops
  • Basic understanding of composting and recycling
  • Ability to articulate program, speaking and writing

Required Skills

  • Experience planning and implementing a differentiated and integrated curriculum.
  • Ability to develop and align a constructivist curriculum
  • Ability to articulate the Garden Ecology & Environmental Science program with frequent, engaging, and informative communication
  • Cultivate each student's creativity, intellectual curiosity, social-emotional development in an academically rich and relevant context. 
  • Ability to exercise daily flexibility by wearing many hats, prioritizing, and problem solving while maintaining a poised professional demeanor.
  • Willingness to embrace global thinking and learning that helps expand circles of influence by seeking geographic and cultural opportunities that grow students’ cultural competency.
  • Ability to utilize sound and developmentally appropriate educational practices related to technology.
  • Collaboration with the upper grades Environmental Science Teacher

Desirable Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge of food and plant-based nutrition
  • Basic understanding of Landscape Design
  • Basic understanding of irrigation systems

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to carry one flat of plants
  • Ability to carry one 5 gallon plant


  • Maintain and support a climate of mutual respect which encourages students to take healthy risks: asking questions, sharing opinions, and making mistakes necessary to learn.
  • Accurately assess each student's progress; inform student, parents, lead teacher, and the Director immediately of any relevant information. 


  • Love of children and understanding of child development
  • Collaborative, creative, and curious nature
  • Mature, professional, and thoughtful
  • Willingness and capacity to assume a wide range of responsibilities
  • Interested in learning new skills and engaged in continuous improvement of practice
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

Start Date: Position start date is August 25, 2014.

Science, Environmental Science & Garden Ecology Teacher
Compensation is DOE

To Apply, please send a letter of intent and a resume to: Love Weinstock, Head of School, 


Deadline for applications is June 16, 2014. Negative TB test and fingerprints are required. All candidates are subject to a criminal background check.

Berkwood Hedge School
Contact Phone Number
510 883-6990