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Community Gardens and Greenhouse Assistant Manager

Title:                  Community Gardens and Greenhouse Assistant Manager
Reports to:       Community Gardens Network Director
Position Type:  Full-time/Non-Exempt (option for part-time if needed)
Wage:                 $33,280/year
Benefits:            Full-time: 30 days paid time off plus 10 paid holidays annually; flexible, family-friendly schedule; medical, dental, and vision insurance with Rooted covering 75% of the costs of the insurance package; 401k retirement plan; opportunities for professional development; cell phone reimbursement
Start Date:         March 2024

Position Overview

The Community Gardens and Greenhouse Assistant Manager works closely with the Community Gardens Network Manager, Community Gardens Network Director, and garden leaders to support community gardens and small-scale farms in Dane County. This support ensures that community gardens have the resources, infrastructure, and organizing skills required to be inclusive, equitable, and thriving systems. Work includes garden management, interpretation, organizer mentorship, community engagement, and strategic partnership development.

Additionally, the Community Gardens and Greenhouse Assistant Manager will also work to support the Community Gardens Network Manager with our Southeast Asian specialty crop project: engaging area HMoob crop growers, growing culturally relevant specialty crop transplants, managing the sale of those transplants, and helping with workshops on greenhouse production.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with management of community gardens in Dane County (workdays, registration, etc.).
  • Mentor current and emerging garden leaders.
  • Form and maintain connections between garden leadership and community stakeholders.
  • Provide technical assistance and advice to garden organizers (such as translation and interpretation, health and safety, sustainable gardening practices, water systems, etc.).
  • Assist with events such as the annual Community Gardens Network Summit and garden and farm workshops.

Greenhouse production project:

  • Communicate with HMoob growers and community members to determine desired crop varieties.
  • Assist with seed acquisition, seedling production, plant propagation, watering, seedling sales, and record-keeping.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Applicable Experience

  • Experience working in a community garden, urban agriculture, horticulture, and/or land management setting.
  • Experience with community outreach, mentorship, and engagement, particularly with people of different abilities and ages.
  • Proven record of exhibiting cultural sensitivity when working with stakeholders from a variety of racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
  • Experience solving community problems collaboratively and proactively.
  • Experience with crops grown by HMoob or other Southeast Asian growers.
  • Experience with greenhouse, high tunnel, and/or seedling production.

Skills and Abilities

  • Fluency in English and ideally Lao, HMoob, Spanish, Pashto, or another language.
  • Strong written and verbal communication.
  • Strong familiarity with Madison and Dane County communities.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.), email, and other technology.
  • Strong organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments.
  • Ability to travel to different community garden sites throughout Madison and to work comfortably outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Commitment to promoting Rooted’s food equity, land access, and conservation goals.

Additional Information/Requirements

  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some weekday evenings and weekends.
  • Must be able to regularly travel to gardens throughout Dane County, primarily in the City of Madison.
  • A criminal history background check will be conducted on the final candidate prior to beginning employment. A criminal background will not automatically eliminate you from consideration.

How to Apply

Please apply directly through BambooHR or send a cover letter and resume to Nicholas Leete, Gardens Network Director, at [email protected] or mail to:

 

Nicholas Leete

Rooted WI, Inc.

517 E Badger Rd, Madison WI 53713

 

Application review will begin as applications are received with position ideally filled by March 1, 2024.

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