Founded in 1971, the Washington Youth Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum provides a unique year-round environmental science and food education program for youth and families. Using the garden cycle as a tool, the mission of the Washington Youth is to inspire children and families to engage in self-discovery, explore relationships with food and the natural world, and contribute to the health and well-being of their communities. WYG is a project of the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA), a small non-profit organization located on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum, dedicated to enhancing, through private and public sector resources, support for the educational and research programs of the U.S. National Arboretum.
The Washington Youth Garden (WYG) is comprised of four core environmental science and food education programs (Garden Science, Seed To Supper, Growing Food…Growing Together and SPROUT) for youth and families and a one acre teaching and demonstration garden at the U.S. National Arboretum.
Seeking an energetic individual with general office administration skills to assist staff in
planning, organizing, managing, communicating, supporting and executing work flow.
Primary responsibilities will include:
Assisting with email, queries, and compose routine correspondence (on own
initiative or from notes or verbal instruction); scheduling
Typing drafts and finished documents of a variety of material, which may include
letters, memoranda, notices, records, reports and other materials;
Meeting and events planning, follow-up; preparation and dissemination of
relevant correspondence and reports;
Creating and editing presentations for meetings and/or speaking engagements;
Creating, organizing and maintaining office hardcopy and electronic files;
Managing website, social networking sites (i.e., Facebook, Flickr and Twitter) and
constituent database and communication;
Assisting with grant proposal writing and submission;
Assisting with setting up new hire orientations and interviews;
Managing and maintaining equipment, maintenance agreements, and supplies
Participating in supervisory and program planning meetings and working closely
with FONA staff, board members, volunteers, community leaders, teachers and
At minimum an Associate Degree and minimum 1-2 years administrative experience.
Experience with MS Word and Excel, as well as excellent writing and research
Experience with social networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr and Twitter
Strong organizational skills, proven ability to manage details and complete
assignments in an efficient and effective manner; able to work under pressure;
Excellent interpersonal skills;
Strong problem-solving skills, creative self-starter, capacity to work
independently and as a team member;
Highly professional demeanor; dependability and reliability;
Enthusiasm for sustainable food movement and the work that we do.
Full time position – forty hours a week.
Hourly wage commensurate with experience.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Kaifa Anderson-Hall at kanderson-
firstname.lastname@example.org by January 24, 2011. Email is preferred, mailing address is
below. Please indicate “Administrative Assistant” in the subject line.
Washington Youth Garden
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002-1958
Phone 202-245-2709 Fax 202-544-5398