Farm Manager, Westmoreland Garden Project – L. McCann
Start Date: 9/3/19
End Date: 10/15/20
Number of Positions: 1
Hours per week: 10-15 hrs (minimum; additional hours may be available through work-study and weekly hours will be higher during the growing season)
Weekends Required: Related travel to garden site
Evenings Required: For the most part, student can choose their own hours.
Assistantship Award: 430hr @$15/hr: $6,450 (minimum award; reflects 38 work weeks in academic year)
Hours per week: If you are work study eligible, this assistantship can be supplemented through work study (and grant funding) at $15/hour wage.
For more details, send email of interest with resume to Libby McCann email@example.com.
Community Garden Connections (CGC) seeks a creative, collaborative work-study eligible student to manage the Westmoreland Garden Project, which is a large garden initiative currently in vegetable production. This person will also be considered part of staff team of CGC Co-Coordinators. All of the food grown at the site is for donation to the Keene Community Kitchen (http://www.thecommunitykitchen.org/) and other local social service agencies. CGC is committed to building local capacity to grow food and address issues of food insecurity related to climate change, personal and communal health, and resiliency (http://www.antiochne.edu/cgc/default.cfm). This position works closely with 3+ other CGC Co-Coordinators and faculty to support the Westmoreland Garden Project, while the manager is responsible for planning the garden as well as all general oversight and upkeep of the garden space and associated high tunnel. Some responsibilities are: plan garden (April-October); plan on-site educational workshops in collaboration with other CGC staff and relevant community partners; maintain garden (i.e. organizing planting, seed ordering, watering, harvesting, and delivering), professional represent CGC in various contexts, increase community volunteership through weekly “garden parties” and coordinate all other necessary moving parts to this multifaceted initiative.
*Strong farm/garden planning and management skills (farming experience preferred, ideally including greenhouse/high tunnel management)
*Strong project management, organizational and time management skills
*Strong verbal and written communication skills
*Ability to have fun planning, preparing, and gardening (can lift 50 lbs.)
*Likes to and works well with a variety of people and familiar with volunteer/community outreach strategies
*Self-directed and motivated to move the project forward to strengthen the capacity to grow food in the space
*Willingness to collaborate with local organizations, agencies, and individuals as needed to provide workshops and other educational opportunities at the garden space
*Environmental education, grant writing and/or evaluation experience preferred though not required
NOTE: this position may also serve as a student internship (430+hr @$15/hr): $6,450 stipended position, Mid-March, 2020-Mid-Oct2020; other hours outside these dates to be covered through CGC funds and/or work-study (as eligible).