Boston Natural Areas Network hiring Urban Grower

Boston, Massachusetts

Position Description:

Are you interested in sustainable urban farming? Do you enjoy working with youth,  collaborating and working toward shared goals? Do you like to work with lots of people? If yes, this may be the job for you!

Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) is expanding its Youth Conservation  Corps program this year by introducing youth to food production by cultivating two new farm sites in Boston. Working with youth and volunteers, we will cultivate a food production site in Hyde Park where produce will be donated to local food pantries and other local food access programs. A rooftop farm in Roxbury will be cultivated to provide nutritious food for needy families. We are looking for someone who is excited about sustainable farming and who is up to the challenge of the physically demanding schedule, tasks, and pace of the growing season.

You will be working with many people, both volunteers and youth, and groups large and small. Ideally, you are flexible and personable, have a great sense of humor, have at least one year of experience at a production farm, and can be happy directing a small farm crew.  There is an strong collaborative aspect of this position, which will require that you participate in group and individual work planning and implementation.

This is a full-time 40 hour a week (flexible hours), non-permanent position with a work period of May 2012 through April 2013. The Urban Grower reports to the Director of Property and Horticulture.  The work schedule is typically Monday through Friday and includes weekend hours.  Benefits during the employment period will be provided. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Develop seasonal soil preparation, planting, management and harvesting plans for two small farms: a 6,000 sq. foot. rooftop site and a 4,000 sq. ft. raised bed garden. Organic management practices required
  • Develop annual budget for the cultivation of both sites. Manage purchases and expenses within budget
  • Manage the implementation of the plans referenced above with volunteer and youth corps support
  • Propagate plants and perform nursery maintenance tasks
  • Develop work plans at both sites to support youth corps supervisors. Integrate youth corps curriculum within work plans
  • Research, develop and implement season extension, composting, and water collection, storage and reuse systems at these and other sites
  • Operate and maintain tools and equipment in a safe and proper manner and instruct volunteers and youth corps in same
  • Participate in staff meetings designed to establish goals and priorities
  • Interact effectively with BNAN staff and property owners to communicate issues with infrastructure, maintenance, safety and support at the farm sites

 

Qualifications: 

Education

  • Bachelor or Associate degree in Horticulture and Agronomy or related field preferred. Relevant education, intern and or work experience may be acceptable.

Experience

  • Two or more years of farming or related horticulture experience required. Experience working in an urban public park or garden, plus working with interns and volunteers is a plus.
  • Proficiency in use of garden tools and equipment required.
  • Must have a valid US driver’s license in good standing.
  • Experience with previous youth agriculture programs a plus.

Knowledge and skills

  • Ability to work independently when required in an effective manner.
  • Strong attention to detail in all aspects of job performance.
  • Possess strong organizational, technical and analytical skills, and contribute to a positive team environment.
  • A willingness to learn and advance one’s skill sets.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and commitment to a positive public experience, and concern for the environment and people’s relationship to it.
  • Must be able to work outside in all types of weather, kneel or stand for periods of time, and able to lift and carry 50 pounds.
  • The accepted candidate will be required to have a successful completion of a CORE background check with emphasis on their suitability to work with youth.
  • Knowledge of a second language is a plus

 

Salary

Commensurate with experience

How to Apply

Please send the following:  (a) one page cover letter, (b) resume, and (c) the names and telephone numbers of three references by e-mail to: info@bostonnatural.org with the job title in the subject line or by mail to:  Boston Natural Areas Network, 62 Summer St., Boston, MA 02110. Please include your first and last name in the names of the file attachments. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; applicants are encouraged to send materials soon.

BNAN is an equal opportunity employer, which encourages qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations.

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