Utah – Youth Garden Project hiring Garden Manager

Moab, Utah

Youth Garden Project
530 South 400 East
Moab, Utah 84532
435-259-2326
http://www.youthgardenproject.org

GARDEN MANGER
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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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.

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