New Jersey: Duke Farms Foundation seeks Coordinator Assistant

24 Feb

Mission of the Duke Farms Foundation
As one of the largest privately-owned open spaces in the State of New Jersey, rich in agriculture, horticulture and ecological resources, Duke Farms’ mission is to be a model of environmental stewardship for the 21st Century and to inspire its visitors to become informed stewards of the land.
Duke Farms Community Garden
Duke Farms Community Garden provides people in the local community the opportunity to grow their own healthy produce in an environmentally friendly way.  Located on Dukes Parkway West near the future Duke Farms orientation center, the garden area is fenced and will be open daily from dawn to dusk. Participants will be required to care for their plots April through November using organic practices, their own seeds or plants, and their own garden tools.
Job Summary
The Coordinator Assistant for the Community Garden is a part time seasonal member of the Designed Landscapes Group.  This hands-on position works May through October and is responsible for supporting the day to day operations of the community garden.   Reporting to the Team Leader for Designed Landscapes, this position will assist the Community Garden Coordinator in ensuring smooth garden operations by performing daily gardening tasks, monitoring the participants and supporting other related activities.
Essential Job Functions
Primarily this position assists with the hands-on creation and upkeep of an outdoor organic vegetable garden.  S/he provides participants with gardening support and acts as an information resource (i.e. answers questions, clarifies rules, provides direction).  The Coordinator Assistant helps organize, schedule, direct and oversee volunteer workers.  S/he monitors participant efforts and conduct, keeps records, and maintains a seasonal garden journal.  This position participates in and assists with classes, the planning and design of demonstration and other program related gardens, and oversees the donation of extra produce at the community garden food pantry.  S/he communicates community garden information using e-mail, the Internet, and other technology.  This position performs other reasonable job duties as assigned.
Qualifications Required
The ideal candidate will have 1-2 years experience in food production gardening, or equivalent experience in agriculture, horticulture or other gardening.  S/he must be able to physically get to the site where work is performed, and to physically perform required duties, such as lifting up to 40lbs., bending, twisting, walking, climbing, reaching, pulling, pushing, standing, manual dexterity, and working outdoors in all weather conditions.  Candidates must be able and willing to safely operate and maintain tools and equipment, and to interact with co-workers, participants, volunteers, contractors and consultants in a friendly, professional and supportive fashion. Experience working as a member of a team is a must.  Proficiency in the basic use of Microsoft Office, e-mail and the Internet is required, as are excellent communication skills, the ability to follow and train others on basic tasks, and the willingness to take on additional roles and responsibilities.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted by Human Resources through April 30, 2011.
To apply e-mail your resume, cover letter and references to
Please include your salary history, and reference “Coordinator Assistant” in the subject line of your submission.
No phone calls please. Do not apply in person.

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