We are hiring: Garden and CSA Coordinator

Garden and CSA Coordinator

Classification: Part-time (Seasonal)

Reports to: Executive Director

Evaluated by: Executive Director

Email: director@shakermuseum.com

No phone calls, please.

Position Summary:

This part-time seasonal associate is responsible for the maintenance and development of Enfield Shaker Museum’s herb and production gardens and supervision of the Museum’s Community-Assisted Agriculture (CSA) featuring the garden’s herbs and berries. The Garden and CSA Coordinator coordinates the Museum’s heirloom apple orchard and consults on other gardening/landscape aspects of this historic site.

The Garden Coordinator works with the Community Garden Coordinator(s), staff members, volunteers, and other board-approved committees on an ongoing basis to meet the overall mission of the Garden and the Museum and to provide a high-quality experience for Museum visitors.

Responsibilities

  • Plan garden
    • Create or curate garden layout
    • Order seeds and/or seedlings and supplies (mulch, garden tools, and equipment, etc.)
    • Plant seeds and/or seedlings
    • Transplant and label plants
    • Coordinate regular weeding with volunteers, interns, and students
    • Produce culinary packages or coordinate with volunteers and/or Gift Shop staff
  • Maintenance
    • Work with Museum’s Community Garden Coordinator(s), volunteers, and other staff to maintain a high-quality experience for our visitors throughout our entire site including ongoing watering
      • Spring/Fall clean up
        • Place benches, signage, etc.
        • Maintain and organize the garden shed and tools
        • Turn compost piles
        • Cover, pick, and sell berries
        • Prune fruit trees and harvest fruit
        • Plant Great Stone Dwelling rear porch flower boxes and Stone Mill pots
  • Manage volunteer program
    • Work with Executive Director to market program to the public
    • Recruit volunteers
    • Establish and manage schedule
    • Establish and manage work detail (how to plant, water and weed)
  • Manage Herb and Berries CSA Program
    • Work with Executive Director to provide description and advertising for CSA membership sales each year
    • Write weekly CSA members’ informational emails and schedule and fulfill members’ shares
  • Education
    • Establish regular garden tours
    • Develop and coordinate garden workshops
    • Participate in planning and implementing Harvest Festival
  • Other
    • Assist in fundraising to support Herb and Community Garden needs
    • Lead special garden projects
    • Coordinate garden-based events

Work environment/physical demands

Outdoor environment with occasional office work on administrative duties, including working with other staff or volunteers on garden operations, educational garden programs, and the marketing of same.

Physically able and willing to move around the garden and assist and/or direct others in planting, moving plants and supplies, weeding, etc. and the ability to work in all weather conditions.

Work experience requirements

  • Horticulture knowledge particularly around perennials, herbs, berries, and fruit trees
  • Previous hands-on gardening experience
  • Excellent project management skills (highly organized with an attention to detail, a quality focus and ability to multi-task)
  • High quality customer service skills in soliciting and maintaining volunteer relationships
  • Good written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability or willingness to learn social media protocols

Educational requirements

One (1) to five (5) years’ experience in the field of horticultural or gardening knowledge, including familiarity with botanical names. Historical horticulture experience a plus.

Competencies

  • Focus on the C/customer (C = Donors, Members, Visitors) (c = Board members, volunteers, staff)
  • Interpersonal awareness
  • Planning and adapting
  • Problem solving
  • Team effectiveness

Hours: Variable throughout the season (April through October), with no less than 20 hours per week and no more than 32.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

New hires are subject to review within three months of hiring date.

Annual Review also required.

 

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