Community Garden Project Manager
Position Reports To: Director of Community Projects
Employment Status: Full Time, exempt
About Grow Pittsburgh: Grow Pittsburgh is an urban agriculture non-profit. Our mission is to teach people how to grow food and promote the benefits that gardens bring to our neighborhoods. We believe access to locally-grown, chemical-free fruits and vegetables is a right, not a privilege. We envision the day when everyone in our city and region grows and eats fresh, local, and healthy food.
Grow Pittsburgh was awarded “Best Places to Work” by Pittsburgh Business Times in 2019.
Summary of Position:
The Community Projects Department builds and supports sustainable, independent community food gardens. The program has been operating for 12 seasons and in that time we have built 40 community gardens. We also provide support to more than 120 existing community gardens in Allegheny County through our Community Garden Network, the Community Garden Sustainability Fund, workshops and events. We operate the Garden Resource Center, a tool-lending library and garden materials depot for 300+ members.
The Community Garden Project Manager is responsible for working alongside neighborhood groups in starting and maintaining community gardens. The primary role of the Community Garden Project Manager will be to support 2-4 community food gardens each year who participate in our garden program by being the main point of contact for garden groups, coordinating community outreach and garden volunteer days, facilitating meetings, managing infrastructure projects, and providing on-site educational programming and technical assistance. The position requires strong interpersonal skills, experience in project management and community organizing, and a passion for garden education and food justice.
Community Garden Project Manager also maintains relationships with leaders at established garden sites, providing materials, education or consultations to community garden groups in the local network, and tailored support as needed to different garden groups.
Community Garden Project Managers act in partnership with each other, supporting each other to manage large deliveries, garden builds and workdays, and other work as needed. They support additional Community Projects Department initiatives and general Grow Pittsburgh initiatives as they are able.
- Serve as the primary point of contact for community garden groups currently participating in our programs
- Maintain regular communication with these gardeners through email and phone
- Coordinate and facilitate planning meetings to design, build, and maintain the gardens
- Make purchases and coordinate deliveries for gardens
- Work alongside volunteers to build essential garden infrastructure
- Support the community garden leaders at each site; address their needs in managing the day-to-day gardening activities, including any problems that arise
- Support the community garden group leaders with building community outreach and engagement practices that work for them
- Lead - and facilitate others in leading - regular educational opportunities for gardeners
- Conduct regular site visits at each garden during the growing season to assess plant health, deliver materials, etc.
- Support the Community Projects team with distribution of resources to gardens, work days, and data collection as needed.
- Log all purchases for gardens, submit receipts, and track budgets in a timely manner
- Manage data collection for internal evaluation to measure our programs’ impacts
- Document community engagement with photos, quotes from gardeners, etc for grant reporting.
- Track hours and mileage for work-related travel
- Contribute to special projects as they arise depending on capacity and budget
Qualifications, Skills, & Requirements:
- Significant experience (at least 2 years) with community organizing and outreach
- Significant experience (at least 2 years) with project management
- Significant experience (at least 2 years) with food growing and general gardening, especially in production sites and/or community gardens
- Ability to teach gardening concepts to a variety of learners
- Experience working respectfully and accountably alongside communities of color, especially Black communities
- Readiness to engage and collaborate with various diverse groups of people with a commitment to humility, listening, and learning
- An understanding of and commitment to food justice and social justice
- Some experience in power and hand tool use for DIY projects (carpentry and/or landscaping) a plus
- Knowledge of Pittsburgh-area land use planning, food systems, and social movements a plus
- Strong independent and cooperative working skills.
- Ability to manage several task lists at once and adapt to changing conditions
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking
- Ability to work evenings and Saturdays during the garden season March - October to accommodate garden groups’ schedules
- Valid Driver’s License is required. Regular access to a reliable vehicle to visit gardens and deliver materials is preferred.
- Positive attitude; engaging personality
- Proficiency with Google Workspace suite of apps and willingness to learn other computer-based skills
- Must submit Pennsylvania child abuse clearances (Act 33 and Act 34) prior to employment
- Ability to work outdoors in all weather and do manual labor alongside gardeners
- Full vaccination for COVID-19 is required.
- This position is based at Grow Pittsburgh’s office in Larimer, with flexibility for a hybrid in-person and virtual work environment. Must be available for in-person meetings with gardeners in multiple locations in Allegheny County.
Data shows that women and minority candidates more frequently do not apply to a job because they don’t feel that they meet all of the qualifications listed. Our job descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list. If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills to contribute to the growth of our organization, we want to hear from you!
Complete salary range of $37,000-$46,350 annually. Benefits package includes health, vision and dental coverage; 401k plan with employer match; mileage reimbursement; professional development budget; paid birthday and paid time off; and partial cell phone bill reimbursement.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
Grow Pittsburgh is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or belief. We encourage a diversity of candidates to apply for the position.
Qualified candidates should submit their resume and cover letter electronically via this link by October 28, 2022. Anticipated start date of January 9, 2023.
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