Garden Manager of Trinity Organic Community Gardens
Title: Garden Manager
Position: Part-time, hourly: 6 - 10 hours a week
Reports to: Trinity Gardens Committee
Proposed Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday mornings (flexible)
The Trinity Gardens Garden Manager is responsible for overall management and oversight of the Communal Growing Grounds, Mixed Use Fields, and Food Forest. Gives directions to volunteers in crop care and harvest. Plan and plant rotational crops to maximize growing seasons and space.
Ensure that the Garden is kept weeded and mulched.
Ensure that all of the rows in the communal growing grounds are fully utilized.
Work with the Trinity Gardens Committee to develop and execute annual operating plans for the Garden. Coordinate with garden education programs and cooking classes to have produce and planting/harvesting activities available.
Provide regular communications to the gardeners, volunteers, and Trinity Gardens Committee regarding operational and overall status of the gardens and upcoming projects.
Manage the garden and orchards at a level of production that ensures the supply of produce to be donated.
Stay abreast of Trinity Gardens events and activities; attend Garden meetings as appropriate.
Welcome the programs many visitors; be aware of classes, media visits and provide interviews and tours.
Document and develop tools to ensure dissemination of Trinity Gardens mission and goals.
Annual Special Events: prepare plants for sale and pumpkin patch.
Monitor, report, and treat for pest problems including weeds, insects and animal pests.
Ensure general care and maintenance of common areas, pathways, borders, common gardens.
Feed and care for chickens three days a week.
Provide articles for monthly newsletter: Garden Education and Harvest Notes.
Maintain irrigation efficiency.
Focus on sustaining and exceeding harvest goals.
Build soil health through organic practices.
Support plot gardeners in practicing sustainable gardening.
Horticulture/agriculture background and knowledge of organic gardening, soil science and use of fresh, organic produce for healthy eating.
A track record of being a good communicator, demonstrating resourcefulness, punctuality, and responsibility.
Passion for edible food systems, environmental issues, and community building.
Ability to be outside for several hours at a time, lift up to 40 pounds, and walk and stand on uneven ground.
At least two years of college-level or professional course work and work experience in horticulture.
About Trinity Gardens
Mission: Trinity Gardens grows organic produce to meet the food needs of our community; provides gardening and food education for all ages to raise awareness about sustainable and healthy growing and eating practices; and provides space, support, and resources for any and all community members to grow their own food.
Trinity Gardens opened in March 2012 and provides more than twenty individual (200 sq. ft) garden plots where community members grow their own food. Trinity Gardens donates more than 2,000 pounds of food a year to local nonprofit partners from annual row crops, a food forest orchard, greenhouse, and chicken coop. Community events and educational programs engage thousands of visitors annually. The garden is open most Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays 9 am - 12 pm. Classes, workshops, garden tours, and all-ages community service opportunities are key components of the gardens outreach programs. Trinity Gardens is located on the campus of Trinity Lutheran Church at 909 N. La Cumbre Road in Santa Barbara, CA and is managed by a committee of volunteers.
Please email a cover letter and resume to Trinity Gardens Committee, subject line Garden Manager. Applications will be accepted through May 31 or until filled. Estimating a June start date. Due to the nature of the work, any selected candidate must pass a background check and TB test, be fingerprinted, and have a valid CA drivers license.