Green City Growers (GCG) installs and maintains vegetable and fruit gardens (a.k.a urban farms), in the Greater Boston Area. We teach our clients how to grow food in an urban setting, using their own backyards or rooftops, and foster a deeper connection between people and the food they eat. We service a variety of markets from residential and restaurants to schools and corporate wellness programs.
We have an opening for an urban farmer/backyard gardener for the 2015 season. This is a full time, seasonal position running from March 23th through October/early November. Salary is $14.00/hr to start.
Please, no phone calls or emails other than to the address provided below. Attach a resume and send a brief email, attention “Laura Feddersen: Director of Horticulture” to firstname.lastname@example.org outlining your experience and desire to be part of our team.
• At least one season of previous farm or professional garden experience is required, with the willingness and ability to quickly learn new methods.
• Some teaching or leadership experience is required. Experience and interest in working with kids is a plus.
• Some administrative experience and comfort working in the office part of the time.
• The candidate should be detail oriented with a demonstrated commitment to high quality work.
• Strong time management and organizational abilities are required.
• Ability to work in a very fast-paced environment.
• Excellent communication skills, positive attitude, and professional demeanor.
• Flexible schedule - some weekend days may be required, occasionally days run long.
• Teamwork oriented with ability to work independently.
• Willingness and ability to perform physically challenging work in all weather conditions.
• A love of the outdoors, farming, and urban renewal!
* Your own reliable vehicle to use for work is a plus! Farmers who use their own vehicles are reimbursed for mileage.
• Visit a variety of clients’ gardens throughout the Greater Boston Area to plant-in, maintain, and harvest according to GCG’s horticultural practices. We use all organic management techniques, including OMRI approved pesticides and fungicides. Our staff tend to raised bed vegetable gardens, in-ground gardens, rooftop farms, and fruit gardens.
• Ability to work independently and make judgement calls on site is necessary.
• Lead one-on-one and group garden education programs for adults and children at residential, school, corporate wellness, and eldercare sites.
• Management of interns, crew members, and volunteer groups may be occasionally required.
• The ideal candidate will have some administrative ability and will be required to prepare for the day and week’s maintenance routes using Google Calendars and Insightly. Farmers are required to document their work daily in our online systems.
• Attend regular weekly meetings with the horticultural staff to discuss problems/solutions, methods and materials. Communicate regularly with the Director of Horticulture to ensure garden quality and efficient scheduling.
• Other tasks may include assisting with GCG’s onsite research and development garden, maintaining and starting seedlings, keeping the office and start area clean and organized, horticultural research and recordkeeping projects.