Community Gardens Connections Co-Coordinator
This position is available to both Antioch University New England eligible and non-eligible work-study students.
Supervisor: Libby McCann
Supervisor’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondary Supervisor: Jean Kayira
Job Title: Community Garden Connections Co-Coordinator
Start Date: May 2019/August 2019
End Date: May 2020
Number of Positions: 2-3
Hours per Week: 10-12 (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.
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. Some responsibilities are to: design, implement and evaluate educational workshops; foster relationships and support for 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; assist in the maintenance of the Antioch Campus Gardens (rain garden and vegetable) and Westmoreland Demonstration Garden; strengthen volunteership at the Westmoreland site through “garden parties” and other events; 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, and local/regional press; 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.
- 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.
- Gardening, environmental education, curriculum design, 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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