January 21, 2021
Job: Community Garden Manager
Employer: Mosaic Community Land Trust, Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Application Deadline: February 12, 2021
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Under the supervision of Mosaic’s Executive Director and garden committee, the Gardens Manager oversees the operation of all of Mosaic Community Land Trust gardens and related projects, including consulting on joint projects. In addition, the manager will help develop and coordinate year-round and summer programming for youth and adults in nutrition, healthy living, and gardening along with the ED and Programming Intern.
- Run five community gardens, including: the Mosaic Community Garden at 423 Chestnut Street, the Chestnut Street Garden at 615 Chestnut Street, the Walnut Street Garden (also known as the Permaculture Garden) at 301 E Walnut Street, the Barth Garden at Barth Elementary School, 467 W Walnut Street, and the garden at Rupert Elementary School, located at 1230 South Street.
- Market the community gardens and lease out garden beds for the growing season, keep track of gardeners and collect plot fees
- Coordinate with Executive Director on which CLT members want plots & recruit new members
- Ensure that the gardens are kept clean and pristine and all garden beds are fully utilized.
- Acquire plants at beginning of season through our partners, donations and seed growing
- Facilitate new gardener orientations, work projects, and general garden meetings.
- Help organize committees within in each garden made up of plot holders, community members, and board members
- Help assist in developing greenhouse seed starting program
- Act as a liaison between garden group(s), the Garden Committee, and the Executive Director.
- Supervise garden intern and hourly gardener (if needed to assist)
- Spend time each day working in each garden, know the plot holders and garden committees by name, and be keenly aware of the needs in each garden.
- Provide regular communication to the gardeners, volunteers, community, and garden committee.
- Work with ED and Programming Intern to develop gardening curriculum for summer programming
- Assist with garden programming, coordinating with interns and board members
- Other duties as specified.
Education, Experience, and Skills Required
- Bachelor’s degree in Community Development, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture or other related field preferred, or equivalent experience.
- Vegetable gardening experience a must
- Ability to manage multiple projects while adhering to deadlines and budgets
- Ability to communicate verbally to diverse populations
- Proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
- Valid Driver’s License and own vehicle
- Able to obtain clear PA Child Abuse History Clearance
- Passion for community gardening and engagement
- Flexibility to accommodate seasonal work schedule based on demand
- Client relations skills/correspondence experience
- Solid decision-making ability
- Independent and collaborative work style
- Problem solving skills
- Attention to Detail
- Ability to influence and negotiate
- Ability to identify problems, articulate possible solutions and compromise
- Excellent written and oral communications
- Expanded hours as needed during the growing season.
- Occasional work days with longer hours.
- Occasional evenings and weekends.
- Must be able to endure extended periods of garden work.
- Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.
Gardens Manager will be a salaried position. Not based on hours, but rather on responsibilities, (approx. 30 hrs. per week May-Sept, 10 hrs. per week Oct-Apr) Compensation: $16,000
10 days of vacation-must be used unless carryover by prior approval of Board; 5 sick days-can carryover with a max of 10 on the books at any time unless Board gives prior approval for a greater number; Neither vacation days nor sick days have any value at the end of employment. Holidays as follows: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.