Volunteer Gardener, Hands of Wonder Garden Program


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Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:00 AM - Sun Oct 29, 2017 04:00 PM


1401 NE 68th AvePortland, OR 97213


Duties: Hands of Wonder Garden Program is a restorative justice based garden program for youth involved in the Multnomah County Juvenile Department. This restorative justice based initiative encourages youth to meaningfully reflect on the harm caused by their criminal activity and the impact it had on their victims, the community, and their families, while working toward making things right and giving back to the community in a positive way. The program also teaches youth valuable job skills that will prepare them for employment in their own community. Youth learn about the ripple effect their actions have had on the people and communities they harmed and are provided an opportunity to leave the system with an improved attitude, sense of belonging, and strengthened social bonds that serve as a new foundation for youth to be a healthy member of our communities.

"The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered in darkness, and struggle to reach the light."

Volunteer will work with the Hands of Wonder Garden Program to assist staff teaching youth gardening, growing, harvesting and selling produce. Volunteers will help youth by role-modeling proper workplace communication and ethical practices, as well as helping youth with resume and cover letter writing.

We welcome volunteers who are excited about working with small groups of youth ages 15-18 who have experience farming or gardening, and are excited to work with juvenile justice involved youth while getting their hands dirty.


* Experience working with at-risk youth
* Gardening or farming experience
* Positive work ethic, advanced communication skills, and patience
* Excellent problem solving skills
* Self directed
* Commitment to maintaining confidentiality and professionalism
* Mature, reliable, dependable individuals able to relate to a variety of persons
* Restorative Justice knowledge or experience preferred
* Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred, but not required
* A minimum commitment of one session.

Volunteers are needed on the following session dates/times and are asked to commit to each shift during an entire session. Involvement in more than one session is encouraged, but not required!

Session 1: April 15 th - June 4 th, 2017
Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM - 4PM

Session 2: June 20 th - July 14 th, 2017
Tuesday - Friday from 12PM - 6PM

Session 3: August 1 st - August 25 th, 2017
Tuesday - Friday from 12PM - 6PM

Session 4: September 2 nd - October 29 th, 2017
Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM - 4PM

Learn More at: https://multco.us/courtyard-caf%C3%A9/hands-wonder-garden-program


  • Problem Solving
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Gardening
  • Verbal / Written Communication

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • One Session (approx. 4 weeks)

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