Description

Compensation Type: Annual salary
Job Type:
Full Time

Pay Range: $40,000 - $50,000
Organization's Mission: The mission of Wasatch Community Gardens is to empower people to grow and eat healthy, organic, local food.
Organization's Race, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Statement and Work: In a society that was designed and continues to marginalize and silence people of color, inclusion is a value that requires committed and persistent action. This is especially important in our work with local food systems, gardening and farming, environmentalism, education, and health and wellness. Racism has historically been intrinsic to these systems, and we must therefore be clear and intentional in our anti-racist work. That is why we have chosen to become an actively anti-racist organization. A committee of staff and board members will meet regularly to build anti-racist values and practices into our daily actions and our programs. This committee will also be tasked with establishing accountability measures and evaluating progress on those measures.

We recognize that we have plenty of learning to do and progress to make, particularly given our current position as a majority-white organization. We acknowledge and thank community members and organizations who have been leading anti-racist conversations and efforts long before we instituted our own organizational efforts.
Position Summary: The Green City Growers Program is a partnership between Wasatch Community Gardens (WCG) and Salt Lake City to develop and coordinate sustainable, flourishing community gardens on City-owned land. Gardens are initiated by and implemented with the surrounding community, Salt Lake City and Wasatch Community Gardens. This program builds on WCG’s 30-plus years of experience working collaboratively with local leaders and volunteers to create and sustain thriving community gardens.

The Green City Growers Program Manager reports to the Community Garden Program (CGP) Director and oversees all aspects of the Green City Growers Program. This position works with local community members, stakeholders, and Salt Lake City (SLC) partners to develop new community gardens on city land and oversees the ongoing management of established community gardens. This position requires a strong sense of organization, project management, interpersonal skills, a passion for empowering community members to grow food, and the ability to work with diverse populations to actively build equitable access to healthy, organic, local food.
Primary Responsibilities: Garden Development 20% (~8 hours/week, variable throughout development stages)
● Promote and publicize the Green City Growers Program in coordination with city partners
● Cultivate partnerships with existing local organizations (nonprofits, social service agencies, etc) to enhance participation in gardens of historically under resources communities
● Work collaboratively with Salt Lake City to review and select new community garden sites for the Green City Growers program
● Facilitate planning and implementation of new community garden projects with local partners and community garden group organizers, including hosting open houses, facilitating community involvement, and managing volunteers
● Oversee infrastructure installation in coordination with city partners and volunteers

Garden Management 70% (~28 hours/week, variable with seasons)
● Oversee ongoing management of community gardens in line with CGP standards and policies
● Ensure garden infrastructure (irrigation systems, shed, etc.) is maintained
● Train, support, and coordinate large groups of garden members to carry out ongoing garden
maintenance and operations (irrigation prep, compost management, pest monitoring, weed
management, etc.)
● Facilitate new gardener orientations and garden meetings
● Constructively address conflict in gardens and provide mediation among gardeners as needed
● Coordinate with New Roots of Utah and other community partners to enhance participation of
underserved communities in community gardens with support from Partnership Coordinator
● Maintain database records for each community garden and update gardener records as needed
● Maintain garden waitlists, process garden plot registrations, and manage gardener renewals
● Proactively and clearly communicate community garden expectations with gardeners
● Support in impartial and equitable enforcement of garden policies and standards

Additional Responsibilities (10%, ~4 hours/week, variable with seasons)
● Manage program budget, track expenses and process reimbursement requests
● Ensure program meets contracted requirements of the City, including annual reports
● Participate in Community Garden Program trainings, meetings and initiatives
● Participate in WCG events and general staff responsibilities
● Take on other program-related duties as needed
Desired Qualifications: Required Qualifications:
● Commitment to community empowerment, involvement and supporting culturally responsive
food initiatives
● Ability to collaborate with community members from diverse backgrounds in individual and
group contexts
● Community organizing, engagement, and facilitation experience
● Organized, motivated, and able to work independently and as part of a group
● Excellent oral and written communications skills
● Ability to identify and constructively address potential conflict and provide mediation as needed
● Ability to work with and maneuver in bureaucratic systems
● Basic computer skills including MS Office, Google suite, and Apple operating systems
● Ability to work evenings and weekends
● Access to reliable transportation to attend community meetings and events
● Ability to accomplish physical tasks of garden management

Preferred Qualifications
● Bachelor’s degree in related field
● Professional mediation experience
● Project management experience
● Knowledge of organic gardening methods and/or a desire to learn
● Experience working in the community non-profit or advocacy world
● Experience working in or with local government
● Familiarity with local resources (gardening, community, etc.)
● Experience starting or coordinating a community garden
Benefits / Why Work With Us: Includes health insurance, Simple IRA, HSA, paid holidays, sick and vacation leave,
and access to garden produce.
How to Apply: Please email the following materials to openings@wasatchgardens.org:
● Resume
● Names, titles, and phone numbers of three professional references
● Short response (one page total) to the following items:
1. Why are you interested in this position?
2. What strengths will you bring to our team and this position?
Please put “Green City Growers Program Manager” in the subject line of your email. Applications without references will not be considered
Closing Date: 12/16/2022
Location: Salt Lake City

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Contact: Cameron Silva
Email: openings@wasatchgardens.org
Phone: 8013592658