THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.
Rippling Waters Organic Farm, a small nonprofit in Steep Falls, Maine is hiring a full-time Community Garden Coordinator starting February 1, 2011. Duties include managing existing gardens at two senior housing sites, 4 elementary schools and a solar greenhouse at the middle school. S/he will work with seniors, students, and teachers to maintain these garden spaces. The food grown is used in the school lunch program for taste testings and given away to seniors and food pantries when school is not in session. Tasks include some teaching as well as working with seniors, students, teachers and volunteer to put up seed trays, transplanting, cultivating, watering, pest control and harvesting of crops at each site.
The Community Garden Coordinator will also be responsible for maintaining the farm’s volunteer data base and recruiting adults, school children, and seniors to help assist in maintaining the senior/school garden sites.
Candidates for the position should have extensive gardening experience, a demonstrated ability to work independently and in a group environment with both adults and school age children, be self- motivated and possess excellent communication skills.
Compensation includes a $150 weekly stipend, plus housing and meals or $200 a week for a person who plans to live at home, and school holidays off. The employee may also be eligible for a possible AmeriCorps education award worth $1,415. This is a nine month position with the possibility of staying on in future years.