community garden co-coordinator – L. McCann
Start Date: 5-2-2020
End Date: 8-21-2020
Number of Positions: 3-5
Hours per Week: approximately 10-15 hrs/week for 15 weeks
Weekends Required: Related travel to garden site
Evenings Required: For the most part, student can choose their own hours.
Supervisor: Libby McCann and Jean Kayira, Antioch University New England Community Garden Connections Co-Directors
This position allows for remote work Yes/No: Yes
Percentage of time that could be remote (0-100%): 100
Method to assess remote work: Weekly virtual meetings, community garden site(s) upkeep, outreach documentation, quality of programming and deliverables (e.g., social media curation, container garden distribution, campus garden management, annual report)
Supervisor comments: Co-coordinators will do a mix of the same work (e.g., outreach and support of CGC sites; planting, maintenance of CGC raised beds, program planning, development of educational materials) and divvy up other duties based on interests and expertise to ensure staff parity and high-quality CGC programming. Additional summer staffing needed to pivot CGC programming amid Covid19 impacts on community and student food security, social distancing, and reduced volunteership throughout the gardening season.
Hours per Week: 5-15 (Dependent Upon Work-Study Award). Note: This position is further supported through external funds to offer a $15/hour wage. Non-work study students may apply as well.
Job Description: Community Garden Connections (CGC) seeks creative, collaborative work-study eligible students to co-coordinate this on-going local garden-education initiative. CGC is committed to building local capacity to grow food and address issues of food insecurity related to climate change impacts, personal and communal health, and resiliency (http://www.antiochne.edu/cgc/). This position works closely with other CGC Co-Coordinators and faculty to support existing community garden sites (70 beds total) located at social service agencies/nonprofits in the City of Keene. To supplement the food grown at these agency sites, CGC manages a 1–acre+ demonstration garden in Westmoreland, NH in collaboration with the County of Cheshire. CGC also addresses food insecurity on Antioch’s campus through care of the Antioch Campus Garden and preservation of grown produce for use in CGC-sponsored Community Soup Days (on hiatus during Covid 19 and campus closure). Some responsibilities are to: design, implement and evaluate educational workshops; foster relationships and support for CGC garden sites; build raised garden beds and design related educational events; educate and communicate with partners about gardening and food preparation; prepare and host Community Soup Days (not applicable for summer season/campus closure); assist in the maintenance of the Antioch Campus Gardens (rain garden and vegetable) and Westmoreland Demonstration Garden (as needed); strengthen volunteership at the Westmoreland site through “garden parties” and other events (as needed); and co-coordinate all other necessary moving parts to this multifaceted initiative. Other important aspects of this position are to contribute to community outreach through the Antioch webpage, social media, local/regional press, and annual reporting; collaborate with other non-profits and organizations in the Monadnock Region doing similar work; and creatively pursue relevant service projects that address community-identified needs and fulfill CGC’s mission to increase access to food and to enhance community resiliency.
Compliance with all Covid19 socially distancing, health and safety precautions required.
- Strong project management, organizational and time management skills.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to have fun planning, preparing, and gardening with local organizations.
- Likes to and works well with a variety of people.
- Self-directed and motivated to move the project forward.
- Willing to learn new skills
- Creativity, adaptability and collaborative spirit, particularly amid program redirections in light of Covid19 impacts.
- Gardening, environmental education, curriculum design, social media savviness, cultural competency, grant writing, and/or evaluation experience preferred though not required.
- Possibly interested in continuing beyond the position end date.
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