Now accepting resumes. Position open until July 25th or until filled.
Garden Manager for the Youth Garden Project will provide leadership of the garden, interns, events, volunteers, and sales and preservation of produce.
Garden & Site:
- Supervising an organic educational garden and orchard with 75 garden beds and 65 fruit trees.
- Oversight and responsibility of garden crop production and soil health.
- Organization of annual spring plant sale, including: ordering seeds/plants, germinating seeds, transplanting, and coordinating with other growers.
- Management of annual and ongoing crop planning, materials organization and garden infrastructure.
- Maintaining irrigation systems.
- Year-round orchard care including pruning, thinning, watering and harvesting of fruit trees.
- General site upkeep including weeding, mulching, pruning, etc.
- Supervise individual volunteers and volunteer groups when they are scheduled to work in the garden.
- Maintaining garden structures including greenhouse, grow dome, hoop house, storage shed, and tool shed.
- Management of crew of interns ranging from 2-5 people, five days per week.
- Oversight of hiring process for garden interns, including recruitment and interviewing.
- Development of intern training materials on specific topics related to the garden.
- Coordinate workshops and focused learning opportunities for interns.
Produce Distribution & Preservation:
- Teach and oversee food preservation including canning, jamming, freezing and drying of fruits and vegetables.
- Management of weekly harvest for CSA members and Farmers’ Market booth.
- Coordinate with local restaurants, Grand County school district, and grocers to sell and deliver produce.
- Collaborate with other YGP staff, particularly the Program Manager, to integrate children into the garden and use produce in our youth programs.
- Provide leadership for and be a part of a team to carry out fundraising events such as Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival, Garden Dinners and Annual Plant Sale.
- Work with Executive Director to meet income and expense budget goals.
- Be an enthusiastic representative of the Youth Garden Project.
Skills & Experience
- Previous leadership experience on a farm/garden using organic growing practices.
- Ability and desire to lead and mentor interns and teach gardening skills to individuals with varying degrees of experience.
- Knowledge of irrigation systems, pest control, and composting techniques.
- Strengths in time management, prioritizing, delegating tasks, and multi-tasking.
- Ability to communicate effectively and positively with interns, staff, and community.
- Working knowledge of plant families and varieties in organic cultivation and optimal growing conditions, including vegetables, flowers, herbs, natives, perennial crops.
- Some experience with crop planning and scheduling, plant propagation, soil preparation and nutrient monitoring.
Full-time, 12 month position.
Some seasons will require more than 40 hours per week. Comp time will be given during off season for these weeks. Evening and weekend hours will be required for some events. Comp time will be given whenever possible for these extra hours.
Position Start Date: August 18
Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include: Health Insurance plan with split monthly premiums between YGP and employee; optional IRA with employer match, two weeks paid vacation with one week paid holiday time in December.
To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Delite Primus at email@example.com .