We are committed to collaborations rooted in food, land, and learning so that people can grow and thrive in healthy, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods. Ours is a firm commitment to building racial equity and inclusion and dismantling racism in our communities, in our education and food systems, and within our organization. This is a path of lifelong learning and commitment to action.
The Greenhouse Production Coordinator will work closely with the Gardens Network Manager, Gardens Network Director, and garden leaders to engage area HMoob specialty crop growers, grow culturally relevant specialty crop transplants, and manage the sale of these transplants to primarily HMoob growers. The Greenhouse Production Coordinator will be trained in greenhouse plant starts production. They will be responsible for seeding and watering, and will assist with sales and distribution of the seedlings. They will also attend all workshops and share knowledge with growers who are interested but unable to attend workshops.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
- With Gardens Network Manager, communicate with HMoob growers and community members to determine which specialty crops to grow and coordinate pre-orders
- With Gardens Network Manager, acquire seeds and cuttings for production of specialty crops for sale
- Manage growing seedlings and cuttings of specialty crops
- Plan, promote, and manage seedling sales
- Assist with planning and carrying out of workshops on seedling production, plant propagation, greenhouses and high tunnels and applying for EQIP and share knowledge with growers interested but unable to attend workshops
- Manage record keeping of seeds, planting, and sales
- Other tasks as assigned
Knowledge and Abilities
- Experience with crops grown by HMoob or other Southeast Asian growers
- Experience with greenhouse, high tunnel, or seedling production
- Community outreach, engagement, and marketing, particularly with people of different abilities and ages.
- Proven record of working with cultural sensitivity with stakeholders from a variety of racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds
- Ability to work during weekends to check on plants during seedling growth
- Fluency in English, HMoob, and/or Lao
- Experience with seedling production, high tunnel management, and/or greenhouse production
- Strong written and verbal communication
- Ability to work comfortably outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
- 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
- Commitment to promoting Rooted’s food equity, land access, and conservation goals
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.
- This position is FLSA non-exempt.
- Part time position, grant funded for two years at 560-740 hours per year, most of the hours will be February-June.
- The pay rate is $15/hr.
- 11-15 hours of Paid Time Off; not eligible for health/dental insurance benefits.
- The start date is January 2024.
How to Apply
Rooted WI, Inc.
2702 International Lane, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53704
Application review will begin on Nov. 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.