Youth Garden Project
530 South 400 East
Moab, Utah 84532
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.
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.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through March 20th.