Job Details

Food Bank Name Central Texas Food Bank
Austin, TX
Post Date August 30, 2016
Job Title Gardener
Description Gardener position available in Austin, TX through the Feeding America network. Learn how you can help end hunger in America.
Opportunity Type Job
Job Responsibilities

II. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• Trains and supervises volunteers and interns assisting with garden initiatives as well as share the mission of the Food Bank.
• Develops and executes plans for productive vegetable garden and orchard including cultivation, transplant production, water and soil management programs, composting program, fertilizing and pest/disease programs, maintenance, harvesting and handling product.
• Applies Integrated Pest Management practices in keeping with strictly organic and biodiversity standards. Keeps thorough records of applications.
• Installs and maintains irrigation equipment as needed to maintain proper water use and controls and promptly make repairs and adjustments to the water system to eliminate waste on both conventional irrigation systems as well as auxiliary water systems such as rainwater catchment and application.
• Oversees and maintains the healthy management and harvest of an orchard and related activities.
• Oversees and maintains small nursery and greenhouse operations as needed to support the production gardens.
• Oversees the purchase of seeds, transplants, parts and materials.
• Maintains accurate records for all operational activities including weekly field reports, water and soil testing, production plans and harvest schedule.
• Maintains equipment through a series of routine checks with accompanying documentation.
• Facilitates the design, creation and implementation of community gardens to SNAP-Eligible audiences.
• Assists in site consultations for community organizations initiating new gardens.
• Identifies, networks with, recruits and trains community sites to build strong partnerships.
• Promotes collaboration of other community garden initiatives in order to increase awareness and create a network of support.
• Assists program partners with sustainable gardening resources.
• Develops and maintains gardening information for the community.
• Explore the feasibility of integrating various livestock as appropriate including but not limited to poultry and apiary facilities. This includes the ability to oversee construction and placement of appropriate housing structures,
• and proper and humane ongoing upkeep of those facilities in keeping with (at a minimum) Animal Welfare Act requirements for healthy and appropriate animal husbandry.
• Understands and effectively uses computer software and programs for record-keeping, garden planning, research, and communication.
• Assists the Community Health and Nutrition Manager in acquiring and/or developing educational curricula to be used in the Food Bank Learning Garden and in other food bank supported community gardens.
• Teaches hands-on workshops and classes on gardening, composting and other program related subjects.
• Cultivates positive relationships with staff, agencies, donors, Feeding America, volunteers, vendors and other food banks.
• Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Application Qualifications

A. Education, Experience, and Training
• High school graduate or equivalent required; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
• A minimum of three years’ experience in running a vegetable production garden and providing garden education to community partners.
• A minimum of two years’ supervisory experience.
• A minimum of two years’ volunteer or non-profit experience preferred.
• Some construction experience required.
• Must possess a valid driver’s license and proof of liability insurance (Minimum of $500k required).

B. Knowledge and Skills
• Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills. In particular, the ability to understand and organize detailed information and to write about or talk extemporaneously on that information to diverse audiences.
• Ability to work cooperatively under pressure with a diverse range of people.
• Ability to work effectively with other Food Bank staff, volunteers and community partners.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate tactfully with all members of society.
• Ability to juggle multiple projects with attention to detail and accuracy while adhering to deadlines in a high-energy, fast-paced environment.
• Exercise good judgment and discretion; strong ethical character capable of handling confidential information.
• Demonstrated ability to cultivate a garden; knowledge of gardening skills, garden management and educational strategies. • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Ability to be flexible with working hours to meet the client and class schedule (includes evenings and weekends).
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and non-profit software.

Benefits
Deadline September 29, 2016
How to Apply

Please click on the following link to apply for the position: https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/about-us/careers/gardener

About the Organization

We are a registered 501(c)(3), which means that we are not a religious, political or advocacy organization. We believe there’s strength in numbers and in working together. We are members of Feeding America and Feeding Texas (formerly the Texas Food Bank Network). Our service territory includes: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Coryell, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Gillespie, Hays, Lampasas, Lee, Limestone, Llano, McLennan, Milam, Mills, San Saba, Travis and Williamson counties. Nearly 300 Partner Agencies have joined us to serve families in 21 Central Texas counties at soup kitchens, food pantries, after-school programs, snack programs and other service sites. A leader in the fight against hunger for nearly 35 years, our mission is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger.

Additional Information

The Food Bank Garden is operated at a 1.24 acre site on Food Bank property.  The project is currently under construction and will be completed in late FY16 or early FY17.  The project pairs food production for hunger relief with educational programming to promote healthy food choices and physically active lifestyles with a target population of SNAP Eligible women, children and families consistent with USDA messaging and current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Gardener oversees the administration, educational activities and daily operations of the Food Bank Garden.   The Gardener will be responsible for inspiring, training, and equipping other organizations engaged in social services and community development to initiate their own garden programs. The Gardener will also be responsible for networking with other community gardens and urban agriculture programs in our service area with emphasis on sites that serve low-income persons to provide peer-to-peer networking, training, and other resources.

 

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