Life Lab

Life Lab cultivates children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.

Communications and Impact Specialist – Full Time – Start Date March 1st, 2019

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Life Lab’s Communications and Impact Specialist position reports to the Executive Director. The work schedule is flexible and will include occasional weekend work for events. The position may have the opportunity to hire and supervise a student worker for additional support.

The Communications and Impact Specialist provides positive, energetic, hands-on support for all areas of the organization, including local and national programs, fundraising, and administration.

Life Lab is is committed to building a culturally diverse team and is an anti-discrimination, pro-equity organization. Because we are committed to building a staff that reflects the diversity of the communities and students we serve and to increasing the diversity of our workplace, people of color and from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply to join our team.

Qualifications
This position requires a friendly disposition, flexibility, the ability to learn new systems and enjoyment of that process, and the ability to prioritize and manage varied projects and tasks simultaneously. Excellent organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills, and attention to detail are vital. The Communications and Impact Specialist has significant communications and data analysis experience, excellent interpersonal skills, strong knowledge of common office equipment and procedures, and a passion for providing collaborative support as part of a team. This person has the ability to take direction from and collaborate with several people and prioritize tasks, as well as to supervise entry level staff for support and special projects.

Compensation
$52,000 to $56,000 annual full time (40 hours per week), depending on qualifications. Generous paid vacation, sick time, and holidays. Excellent health, dental and vision insurance as part of Life Lab’s group plans, including family coverage. (Life Lab contributes up to $1,300 monthly to these combined premiums). 403(b) retirement plan available for employee contributions (no employer contribution).

About Life Lab
Life Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located on the farm of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Life Lab cultivates children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based programs. Founded in 1979, Life Lab is a pioneer and national leader in garden-based learning, providing children’s programs, training and curriculum to inspire children locally and nationally. We serve more than 5,000 local children each year through in-school and after-school programs, field trips, and day camps at partner schools across Santa Cruz County and in our Garden Classroom in Santa Cruz and our Blooming Classroom in Watsonville. Through professional development workshops here and around the U.S. and curriculum sales and a dynamic knowledge network, Life Lab also has national impact, positively affecting the lives of more than 500,000 children across the U.S. annually.

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Even though we’re 2 days into 2019 it’s not too late to donate to Life Lab! Our curriculum, our garden educator training, our interns are working with children year round in gardens across the country! Lifelab.org/donate See MoreSee Less

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We love hearing children in our Watsonville school programs proudly proclaim, “I’m a scientist!” after dissecting flowers and drawing their structures.

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Sharing this citrus salsa recipe! lifelab.org/donate

"After making citrus salsa with the class, I asked all of the students to say ‘cheers’ to the chefs who helped prepare this delicious & healthy snack. One of the students looked up and exclaimed, ‘That’s US! WE are the chefs! WE did it!’ I loved seeing that moment of recognition for him: that he (and his entire class) had actually created this healthy meal for all of us to share and enjoy."

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"All things garden education!"- That’s the easy answer to "What does Life Lab do?" … But we can only continue to do this with your support! lifelab.org/donate

(also, check out this slightly longer version of what we do with a peek into our gardens 😊)Life Lab is a national leader in the garden-based learning movement. This video is a brief overview of Life Lab for you to see! See MoreSee Less

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We hope you will join us in supporting our local school gardens today: lifelab.org/donate

Life Lab has partnered with Food Corps for more than 5 years! Today Life Lab/Food Corps partnership supports 5 school gardens in Pajaro Valley Unified School Districts with garden educators. Your support allows us to continue to cover the costs of running these programs: garden and kitchen supplies, transportation, and more!

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We asked kids across the country what they’re learning from FoodCorps—and why they think it’s important to eat healthy. See MoreSee Less

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Life Lab has been the most innovative and relevant organization in this field. From providing the best curriculum to their cutting edge professional development, we have relied on Life Lab as our go to organization for support, ideas, and collaboration.
Rachel PringleSenior Director of ProgramsEducation Outside
Life Lab provides truly inspiring training. Their breadth of experience, joy for teaching, and commitment to sharing knowledge highlight the best practices in food and garden education.
Erica CurryTraining and Professional Development ManagerFoodCorps
Thank you for such a wonderful field trip experience! Your leaders did such a great job at keeping our kids engaged.
Sheila BrickenKindergarten TeacherSan Lorenzo Valley Elementary
Terry had another awesome two weeks at Life Lab. I think he learns more there than in any other part of his year. School is great, but he’s passionate (and often dogmatic) about what he learns there.
Tara NeierCamp ParentSummer camp mom