Job Posting

Published on August 31st, 2018 | by GrowWNYAdmin

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Job Posting: Community Garden Coordinator

Position Summary: The Community Garden Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and support of all community gardens in the Grassroots Gardens network. This individual acts as the main point of contact for current and potential community gardeners in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. The Coordinator also teaches gardening workshops, assists with annual events, manages volunteer activity, and performs community outreach. The Community Garden Coordinator is expected and encouraged to build on existing systems to improve overall program efficiency. This position is full time, with some evenings and weekends, and reports to the Executive Director. Wages are paid hourly between $14-17/hour, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, retirement, paid time off, and a flexible schedule. Position begins October 2018.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Community Garden Support

  • Supports the sustainability of 75+ community gardens
  • Coordinates, implements, and evaluates activities and programs in community gardens in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY
  • Recruits and work closely with community members interested in starting community gardens, including assisting with the land and water access.
  • Schedules and manages the distribution of all materials and supplies to gardeners throughout the growing season
  • Assesses the needs of garden projects/workshops and communicate those needs to the Executive Director
  • Leads volunteer coordination efforts; assists with volunteer recruitment
  • Conducts and documents annual reviews of each garden and collect information from gardeners about garden needs for following season
  • Maintains ongoing and regular communication with all lead gardeners

Education

  • Collaborates with stakeholders to coordinate and implement an annual workshop series for community gardeners and the public
  • Coordinates spring and fall lead gardener meetings in Buffalo and Niagara Falls for community gardeners
  • Alongside the Garden Education Coordinator, participates (as requested by the Executive Director) in grant-related educational programming

Community Outreach

  • Approaches area nurseries for material and supply donations
  • Updates website and social media regularly
  • Prepares and distributes quarterly newsletter
  • Creates outreach materials
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships with diverse, community-based citizen groups and partnering organizations
  • Staffs information table as requested for community outreach events

Administrative

  • Maintains current community garden records
  • Continually refines community garden evaluation criteria and metrics
  • Works with Executive Director to budget annually for supplies and material needs, based on annual garden reviews and organizational program expansion
  • Assists Executive Director with grant reporting requirements
  • Supervises interns and field projects as needed

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Excellent organization, verbal, and written communication skills
  • A minimum of two years gardening or farming experience, preferably in the Northeastern United States
  • Strong working knowledge of the methods, tools, and materials used in basic gardening techniques
  • Ability to manage many projects at one time while maintaining a standard of high quality, detail oriented work
  • Experience working with diverse groups
  • Creative thinking and problem solving skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion for building community through stronger, healthier food systems
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Experience writing for social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds on occasion
  • Valid driver’s license or reliable access to a transportation service

Organization Summary: Grassroots Gardens WNY enables community-led efforts to revitalize the city and enhance quality of life through the creation and maintenance of community gardens that beautify blocks, grow healthy food and strengthen neighborhood spirit. Through strategic partnerships with the public and private sectors, we collaboratively cultivate and manage more than 300,000 square feet of green space in the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Our work is rooted in the belief that a garden has the power to transform an urban neighborhood.

Grassroots Gardens is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building an inclusive organization and strongly encourage applications from People of Color, LGBTQ individuals, women, individuals living with disabilities and veterans. Reasonable accommodations can be made to the work environment if needed.

Please send resume, cover letter, and three references to Jeanette Koncikowski, Executive Director, at director@grassrootsgardens.org by Monday, September 10th. No phone calls please.

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