Learning Farm Manager

Hiring Organization: Cleveland Botanical Garden
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Cleveland , OH
Application Deadline: April 7, 2017





Seasonal Worker – Green Corps Learning Farm Manager (garden 2018)

Position Title: Seasonal

Department: CBG Green Corps (618545)



Holden Forests and Gardens (Holden Arboretum & Cleveland Botanical Garden) has four-(4) seasonal positions available in the Green Corps program at the Cleveland Botanical Garden campus.  Green Corps is a seasonal work-study program for high school students in Cleveland.  Students work as a team to maintain Learning Farms, sell produce to neighbors and at markets, and participate in environmental events.  Throughout the season, students follow a curriculum based on life and work skills, agriculture, community and environmental stewardship, and sustainability.


This seasonal full-time position requires a high-energy, flexible individual who will be an integral member of the Green Corps team.  This person will have responsibility for the day-to-day operation of a Cleveland Botanical Garden Learning Farm including planting, maintenance and harvesting, and the overall education and management of student employees. 



  • Reports to the Seasonal Worker – Green Corps - Manager of Operations
  • Works with Assistants / Associates
  • Works with Students
  • Works with Volunteers


Work Location

  • Cleveland Botanical Garden – one of 5 urban learning farms on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Located in the heart of Cleveland’s cultural, health, and education district, 10 minutes east of downtown Cleveland.
  • Holden Forests and Gardens is 12th largest public garden in the U.S. It is comprised of two campuses, Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Arboretum.



  • According to the pre-established growing and market plan, implement the day-to-day operation of an urban Learning Farm
  • Supervise an assistant, high school age students and individual volunteers
  • Manage a weekly farm stand open to the community, which includes advertising in the neighborhood, training assistant and students on farm stand procedures and meeting season sales goal
  • Assist in the process of interviewing and hiring students.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with each Green Corps student.
  • Build and maintain a healthy, safe, and supportive work and learning environment within the Green Corps Learning Farm.
  • Evaluate students’ work, behavior, and learning performance using specified tools and format.
  • Act as a liaison with students’ parents and Learning Farm neighbors and community members.
  • Lead volunteer groups, tours, and community programming in the Learning Farm.
  • Maintain Learning Farm and student records
  • Assist with managing booth at Farmers Markets and training students on proper market procedures
  • Assist with planning and carrying out Learning Farm Open House and special events
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Candidates must be at least 21 years’ old
  • Bachelor degree in agriculture, biology, education or a related area and/or relevant experience or background required
  • Experience working with high school age youth
  • Management experience is desirable
  • Experience working in an outdoor, urban environment
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds, as well as excellent communications skills in a positive, team-player environment is essential
  • Extensive staff training provided on teaching skills and gardening/agriculture.



  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and work outdoors in extreme weather conditions.
  • Sitting, standing, kneeling and bending on uneven work surfaces. 
  • Must pass a criminal background check / drug test.
  • Valid Driver’s License and acceptable driving record required to be covered on Holden Forests & Garden’s vehicle insurance policy


Work Environment

  • April through October
  • Flexible start date in April; flexible hours in the Fall
  • Approximately 40 hours per week
  • Hourly, non-exempt position


Wages:  $15.25 per hour


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 


Qualified applicants should submit a resume online:  http://www.cbgarden.org/about/employment.aspx 



Posting Date:  January

Closing Date:  Until Filled


This position will be employed through a staffing agency service.


Holden Forests and Gardens (Holden Arboretum / Cleveland Botanical Garden) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. We seek skilled, knowledgeable and experienced individuals to join our staff and enhance our reputation as one of the country’s foremost arboreta.



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