Gardening the Community seeks a Project Coordinator

11 Jan

Location: Springfield, Massachusetts

Gardening the Community, a project of the Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter, Inc, is a group of adults and young people who revitalize vacant lots and transform them into productive organic vegetable gardens in the inner city of Springfield, MA.  The produce from the land is sold at markets, restaurants and brought home by the youth.  All transport of food and people is done by pedaling – bicycles and bike trailers –to reduce urban pollution, increase youth mobility and independence, build strong and healthy bodies, and facilitate community interaction. The goal of the program is to introduce, instill, and put to practice concepts of sustainable living, food security, self-sufficiency, and beauty in an urban environment.

The Gardening The Community Project Coordinator’s primary role is to oversee and execute successful programming, fund-raising and community relations.

The Gardening The Community Project Coordinator is responsible for the following:

  • Community Relations: Serve as a public face for Gardening the Community and as the primary relationship builder for community-based partnerships; manage outreach and publicity and foster media coverage;
  • Program Development: Work with Urban Farmer and JR Staff Team to oversee all program aspects to include educational curriculum development and strategic program development;
  • Supervision: Work with Urban Farmer and JR Staff Team to supervise and recruit youth workers, and lead youth in all aspects of farming and outreach in a positive and cooperative environment; Transport youth and vegetables on bicycle on city streets;
  • Fundraising/Fiscal Management: Lead and conduct fundraising activities through donor cultivation and relationship development with funding sources (individual, corporate, foundations); Provide fiscal oversight to program;
  • Organizational Management: Development and cultivation of community relationships to include Local Advisory Board; maintenance of timely and productive communication and reporting to sponsorship organization;


  • Knowledge of and relationship with (and preferably residence in) the Springfield Community
  • 3-4 years of direct work experience with youth
  • 3-4 years of program management experience
  • Basic organic farming, gardening and/or landscaping knowledge
  • Interest in, and work experience related to local food, improving food access in urban communities and sustainable living
  • Conversational Spanish language skills is a plus


Position starts on March 1, 2010 at 25 hours/week with a starting rate of $13/hour.  Beginning in October of 2010, the hours will be raised to 30 hours/week (except for December and January, which will be 15 hours/week). The pay rate will be increased to $14.50.

Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to Gardening the Community, 127 Marlborough Street, Springfield, MA 01109; or email to: gtc (at)!

Gardening the Community will review all candidates for consideration and ONLY contact candidates selected for the interview process. Gardening the Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating a multicultural staff. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position, especially candidates of color. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

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