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Hiring: Garden Operations Manager – CitySprouts

Garden Operations Manager
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary: $49,000-52,000
Benefits: Health and dental insurance; retirement plan with 3% match; paid vacation, professional learning opportunities.

To Apply
Send resume and cover letter to jobs@citysprouts.org


About CitySprouts
The CitySprouts mission is to cultivate curiosity and wonder for all children with hands-on
science learning through urban gardening. Established in 2001, CitySprouts’ in-school and
out-of-school time programs currently operate in partnership with 24 Boston and
Cambridge public schools.


The Position
The Garden Operations Manager is a key position for the overall success of CitySprouts
programs and mission. Their primary responsibility is the overall care and maintenance of
all of the CitySprouts’ schoolyard and community gardens. In addition to ensuring
CitySprouts’ 24 school gardens are thriving schoolyard classrooms, the Garden Operations
Manager directs CitySprouts’ volunteer engagement and oversees the Assistant Gardener
and a Terracorps member.


Key Responsibilities:


Gardens and Schools
Maintain positive and productive relationships with school facilities staff to ensure
the partnered care of school garden infrastructure: e.g. garden beds, containers,
gates, fences, sheds, water access, pest control, vandalism, and general physical
maintenance and repairs
Establish/maintain strong relationships with partner organizations and community
farmers, particularly the growth of seedlings at the Food Project
Work with Program Director to orient, train and support Garden Educators in the
planting and caring for school gardens
Oversee and manage seasonal and weekly garden maintenance ensuring thriving
learning gardens
Plan for, order and distribute seasonal and as-needed garden supplies including
seedlings, garden materials and garden tools
Manage annual garden replenishment with an emphasis on equitable and
data-driven distribution of materials
Oversee the purchase, delivery and accounting of garden supplies
Track and maintain garden operations inventory and budget
Plan and implement summer garden maintenance

Volunteers
Orient, train and support volunteers to care for school gardens over the summer
Identify, prepare and manage volunteer garden projects during the school year
Work with the development/communications team to recruit & cultivate corporate
volunteers
Safety and Security procedures
Train all staff, volunteers and interns in organization’s safety policies and
procedures and ensure compliance
Set up summer First Aid/CPR training for summer staff and interns


Management
Direct and supervise the assistant gardener
Supervise garden maintenance personnel
Supervise interns/service members in the area of garden care and volunteer
Serve as a liaison to TerraCorp


Requirements for the position:
Commitment to the CitySprouts mission
2-3 years experience creating and maintaining raised-bed gardens, specifically
vegetables, flowers, and pollinator gardens – urban school garden experience a plus
2-3 years project planning and management experience
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Budgeting and math skills, particularly regarding data collection and assessment
Experience teaching non-gardeners/novice gardeners
Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
Experience with hand and power tools
Comfortable working in all weather and seasons
Master Gardener certificate a plus


Work environment and physical requirements
The position requires physical labor in mixed weather conditions including the ability to to perform physical labor such as carrying (40lbs), lifting, kneeling, bending, digging etc.
Valid driver’s license and clean driving record is required

CitySprouts strives to build a community of teachers, students and families united around public
education, gardens and connecting children to the natural world. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are
among the core principles that define our work, and thus we actively seek to build a team that is
inclusive of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences.

CitySprouts does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender,
religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or citizenship in any of its
programs. It is CitySprouts’ policy to maintain a safe, educational and engaging work environment free
of unlawful discrimination and harassment in any form.

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