New Roots Farm & Garden Specialist

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OrganizationInternational Rescue Committee in Charlottesville (IRC)
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineJune 10, 2023
College Degree Required?No
Salary Range$21.00 - $22.40
Phone(434) 979-7772


Job Overview: The New Roots Farm & Garden Specialist coordinates the day-to-day activities of IRC’s community garden and farm sites. The Specialist works with gardeners, farmers, volunteers, and community members to implement appropriate, informative, and supportive programming, and to ensure that New Roots’ managed garden sites are effectively stewarded.

Job Duties

Major Responsibilities:

 Garden & Infrastructure Maintenance

  • Coordinate day-to-day operations of IRC’s farm and community gardens including soil fertility management, seedling production and distribution, maintenance of community areas, and harvesting/post-harvest handling. Ensure that sites are safe, productive, attractive, and operate according to New Roots values and policies.
  • Coordinate the operation and maintenance of farm infrastructure such as irrigation and fencing. Coordinate services of landscape maintenance contractors and arrange for maintenance and repair of equipment and physical assets as needed.  Ensure that IRC vehicles are properly maintained.
  • Work with Manager of Food and Agriculture Programs to purchase and acquire donations of tools, supplies, and equipment and distribute these to gardeners and garden sites.
  • Assist with planning and developing new garden sites as needed.

Gardener Support, Volunteer & Community Outreach

  • Assist in developing and coordinating effective, community-driven informative activities for program participants including topics such as farming and gardening skills, health and wellness, leadership development, and business and marketing skills.
  • Coordinate meetings and activities for New Roots participants, including leading event-related communications, promotion, and attendance tracking for grant reporting.
  • Lead activities of volunteers including coordinating and publicizing garden workdays. Lead volunteers in maintaining common areas at the sites including minor infrastructure repairs, implementing weed control, and beautification projects.
  • Attend occasional public outreach events on behalf of the IRC.

Program Administration & Monitoring

  • Implement annual garden application and enrollment process including in-person and digital methods, multilingual support, and record-keeping.
  • Implement data collection and tracking efforts including case notes for key services, annual participant surveys, Household Food Insecurity Assessment Surveys
  • Collaborate with interns and AmeriCorps members to support their program contributions.
  • Provide input on existing grant reports, supply ideas and information to new grant proposals, and assist in writing small proposals as requested.
  • Participate in all program meetings, staff development activities, and fully engage as a team member.

Skills Required

Job Requirements:

  • 2+ years of related experience (may include work, undergraduate education, or trades experience)
  • Proficient in English, both spoken and written; bilingual ability in a language spoken by the local refugee population a plus.
  • Experience with, or curiosity about, sustainable, and organic farming/gardening.
  • Experience with irrigation, farm equipment, and carpentry skills or a desire to learn these skills.
  • Proficient in, or prepared to learn, Microsoft office programs (Word, Outlook, Excel), data entry and analysis, digital communications, and social media.
  • Shown success working and communicating effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Dedication to racial equity and food justice.
  • Strong organizational skills, motivation, flexibility, and ability to work independently.
  • Valid driver’s license. Access to a reliable personal vehicle with current insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area is strongly preferred.

COVID-19 Vaccination RequirementIn accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions.  All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).

Additional Info

Apply Online only

rescue.org/career or https://rescue.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/41710?c=rescue