We are looking for a Garden Coordinator to manage garden and food production, as well as garden participant engagement. At Grace Grows, a 501(c)(3) organization in Alachua County, Florida, we empower individuals who are experiencing homelessness or food insecurity through horticulture. Visit our website to learn more: https://www.gracegrowsgnv.com .
Possess knowledge of garden strategy practices
Plan garden initiatives in accordance with GRACE Grows’ mission and operational goals
Coordinate with the Program Director and other relevant parties to synchronize scheduling with: (1) food production, and (2) planting and harvesting objectives within the Horticulture Vocational Course
Harvest produce while ensuring minimal food waste and maximum production
Be on-site to facilitate volunteer workday activities
Maintain a roster of garden participants and recruit participants as they engage
Work with garden participants to maintain their garden beds
Update and maintain quantifiable metrics to reflect food production, garden participation, and impact
Experience & Education
Minimum of 2 years of vocational school, certificate program, and/ or 2+ years of experience in agriculture, horticulture or related field
Ideally, focus of degree reflects the responsibilities of the position, including but not limited to: Plant Pathology, Horticulture, Agriculture, Master Gardener Certification, Social Science/ Sociology
Academic focus on marginalized populations, food and resource economics, sustainability, and other related topics preferred
Balance of compassion and accountability, and a combination of strategic and practical abilities
Understanding of North Central Florida growing conditions, agricultural & horticultural principals, and culturally appropriate food crops
Clear communication skills, with the ability to successfully interact with program target populations
A scientific perspective & fact-based communication and decision-making
Comfortable with occasional chaotic moments which will occur because of the at-risk population being served
Trauma-informed approach to working with participants, exemplary listening skills, prioritizing participant engagement
Competent at setting boundaries in communications, behaviors and interactions
Understanding social issues related to homelessness and power dynamics in order to enable empowerment
Empowering individuals who are experiencing homelessness or food insecurity through horticulture.
Founded in 2017, Grace Grows' mission is to empowering individuals experiencing homelessness or food insecurity through horticulture. Our programs focus on community development, therapeutic horticulture, and education.