Utah – Youth Garden Project hiring Garden Manager

Moab, Utah

Youth Garden Project
530 South 400 East
Moab, Utah 84532

Position Description

The Garden Manager for the Youth Garden Project will provide leadership of the garden, interns, events, volunteers, and distribution & preservation of produce.

This is a key staff position, requiring someone who exhibits leadership, takes initiative; works well both collaboratively and independently, and enthusiastically works to meet the goals and mission of the organization.

Position Responsibilities
Garden & Site

  • Supervise an educational garden and orchard with 75 garden beds and 65 fruit trees.
  • Oversee garden crop production and soil health.
  • Organize annual plant sale including ordering seeds and supplies, creating germination schedule, germinating seeds, transplanting, and coordinating with other growers.
  • Manage annual and long-term crop planning, materials organization, and garden infrastructure.
  • Maintain irrigation systems.
  • Year-round orchard care including pruning, thinning, watering, and harvesting.
  • Maintain a high standard of the site appearance including weeding, mulching, pruning, and coordinating repairs to structures.
  • Supervise individual volunteers and volunteer groups working in the garden.
  • Implement approved plans for improvements to garden spaces and systems.

Intern Management

  • Manage and mentor 2-4 interns five days per week during 9 months of the year.
  • Manage hiring of Garden Interns and assist Program Manager in hiring Program Interns.
  • Develop intern training materials on specific relevant topics.
  • Coordinate workshops and focused learning opportunities for interns.

Produce Distribution & Preservation

  • Coordinate produce use, sales, and donations to all distribution outlets.
  • Manage weekly harvest for CSA members and Farmers’ Market.
  • Teach and oversee food preservation including canning, jamming, freezing and drying excess fruits and vegetables.


  • Collaborate with other YGP staff, particularly the Program Manager, to integrate students into the garden and use produce in our youth and community programs.
  • Provide leadership for and be a part of a team to carry out fundraising events such as Garden Dinners,

Annual Plant Sale, and Online Auction.

  • Work with Executive Director to meet income and expense budget goals.
  • Be an enthusiastic representative of the Youth Garden Project at all times.
  • Required Skills/Experience
    Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Previous leadership experience on a farm/garden using organic growing practices.
  • Ability and desire to lead and mentor interns and teach gardening and preserving skills to individuals with varying degrees of experience.
  • Knowledge of various irrigation systems, organic pest control methods, and composting techniques.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software.
  • Strengths in time management, prioritization, delegating tasks, and multi-tasking.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and positively with interns, staff, and community members.
  • Working knowledge of plant families, varieties in organic cultivation, and optimal growing conditions.
  • Experience with crop planning and scheduling, seed germination, soil preparation and nutrient monitoring.
  • Strong interest in working at an education garden and furthering the mission of the Youth Garden Project.

Position Details

Full-time, year-round, salaried position. Evening and Weekend hours will be required for some events and programs. Salary commensurate to experience. Benefits include: health insurance group plan, IRA option, and paid time off.

Position Start Date: May 8, 2017

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Delite Primus at delite@youthgardenproject.org . Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through March 20th.