California: Homeless Garden Project seeks Farm Supervisor

23 Jun

The Homeless Garden Project (HGP) is a 20 year-old nonprofit corporation based in Santa Cruz, CA dedicated to improving life by bringing together people from throughout the community in meaningful activities, teaching principles and practices of environmental, emotional, and economic sustainability, and providing work experience and wages for those who are homeless.

HGP seeks an experienced and dedicated individual to assist with the operations of the agriculture-based job-training program.  We specifically seek an enthusiastic and outgoing person skilled in horticulture, program development, marketing, human relationships, and building partnerships.  The ideal candidate will have a sincere commitment to ending homelessness and have experience working with individuals facing homelessness and/or mental health challenges. 
Under the general supervision of the Farm Manager, the Supervisor assists in planning and implementation of all aspects of the program, to include production, and marketing for Natural Bridges Farm, its greenhouses, and for the Women’s Organic Flower Enterprise.  The Supervisor is directly responsible for the job-training component of the program.  This position is also responsible for supervision of trainees, interns and volunteers, enforcing rules, assistance with all farm production, evaluation, development and delivery of lecture series.  Complete job description available upon request.
• Strong physical labor skills (e.g. sit, stand, bend, lift, walk, carry)
• Working knowledge of organic gardening methods
• Demonstrated ability to make assignments and follow up on completion/evaluation
• Demonstrated ability to both follow and give directions, seek assistance, when needed
• Requires ability to work early morning hours, evening hours and weekends; in all weather conditions
• Demonstrated ability to organize, delegate, give direction, monitor others

§  At least two years of very broad horticultural experience
§  An academic degree, equivalent work experience, or a combination of both, in one or more of the following areas: horticulture, horticulture therapy, organic gardening, social science, human services, environmental science, or related field
§  Able to effectively work with all populations to include: individuals with serious mental illness, disadvantaged youth, homeless, students and community members
§  Demonstrated ability to work successfully as part of a team
Desirable skills and qualifications:
§  Bi-lingual/bi-cultural background
§  Effective and positive interpersonal and management skills
§  Experience with creating and managing budgets
§  Aptitude for craft workshop production
§  Commitment to sustainable agriculture and food systems
§  Experience with social justice issues and affected populations

Applications: Send resume, cover letter and contact information for three references to Darrie Ganzhorn, Executive Director,  or to P.O. Box 617, Santa Cruz, CA 95061.  Reviews begin:  June 29, 2011

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