Garden Manager

Hiring Organization: City of Detroit School District
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Detroit, MI
Application Deadline: July 16, 2019

Position Summary: 

The Detroit School Garden Collaborative is an agricultural project supported by the Detroit Public School’s Office of School Nutrition, (OSN).  The program brings together the OSN and DPS’ Department of Science along with multiple community partners to increase access to healthy fruits and vegetables to the children of the City of Detroit.  The OSN is seeking a Garden Manager who will work directly with all assigned agricultural projects to coordinate garden activities and staff performing task required by each site.  This is a 12 month position.

Description: 

Must have the desire and ability to work with parents, students, and volunteers to design, build, plant, and maintain school gardens at the Detroit Public Schools who are enrolled in the Garden Resource Program and to ensure that student planted fruit and vegetable gardens survive and thrive during the school year.

Education: 

An Associate Degree or certificate in culinary or food service management or in lieu of the above a High School graduate with training in garden or urban agriculture or two years’ work or volunteer experience in community gardening, community supported agriculture or related activities.  Also must possess a current Food Protection Manager certificate or attain the same within two (2) months of employment.

Experience:

  • Applications without requested documents attached to application will be incomplete.  Candidate must have two (2) work or volunteer experience in community gardening, community supported agriculture or related activities.
  • Considerable knowledge of safety handiness, care of kitchen tools, equipment and facilities.
  • Interest and familiarity with issues relating to youth development
  • Interest and familiarity with issues relating to local food, food access sustainable agriculture, and a genuine appreciation of the urban environment
  • Comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Establish work plans for Garden Attendants
  • Comfortable doing manual labor and ability to lift 50lbs. required
  • Skill in developing positive interpersonal relationships successful work relationships in dealing with supervisory personnel, sensitivity to students and community needs

Attendance: 

Regular Attendance is critical must have an exemplary attendance record.  Must be able to verify whether U.S. citizen, resident alien, or otherwise authorize to accept employment in the U.S.  Must be physically able to perform the duties and responsibilities outlined with or without accommodations. 

Physical Condition:

  • Job duties require frequent standing, walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, reaching, and squatting required on uneven terrain
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all conditions (hot, cold, high humidity, rain, sleet, snow, etc.)  Frequent exposure to dust and dirt.  Exposure to noise, pesticide and herbicides
  • Must have the ability to work with teachers, parents, students, and volunteers to design, build, plant and maintain school gardens at Detroit Public Schools who are enrolled in the Garden Resource Program
  • Must be physically able to perform the duties and responsibilities outlined with or without accommodations.

Other Qualifications:

Successful candidate must pass a pre-employment physical, as well as a security background clearance.  In addition, the candidate must have the following:  (1) ability to use good judgment and make sound decisions; and (2) Help youth and school communities to develop leadership and job skills.  (3)  Possess a valid driver’s license.  Transportation is a plus.

Essential Functions:

  1. Coordinate school garden maintenance program to ensure that all agricultural sites (school gardens, etc.)
  2. Plan, organize, assign, supervise and coordinate School Garden Attendants duties and task at each garden location within the assigned garden cluster.  Assist in the planning and organizing of nutrition and community education activities in DSGC schools during the off season.
  3. Responsible for supervising the safe and efficient completion of various garden projects and agricultural.
  4. Promote the positive aspect of eating locally produced fresh fruits and vegetables to the community as a whole.
  5. Support the farm stand sales component, if applicable.
  6. Attend meetings with administrative staff of the Office of School Nutrition.
  7. Communicate progress of the plots to administrative staff of the Office of School Nutrition.
  8. Establish positive rapport with diverse groups of young people in an urban environment.
  9. Support Garden Program with various activities such as but not limited to, critical maintenance needs (e.g., locks, water, etc.) coordinate supplies for garden (e.g., wood chips and mulch) and tool maintenance at each site.
  10. Fulfill other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

To Apply:

If you are interested, please email Matthew Hargis (matthew.hargis@detroitk12.org) for more information/help applying for the position. 

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