Employment TypeJob (Full-time)
The Head Gardener is a full-time, year-round position that oversees and implements the maintenance of the vegetable and perennial gardens at the City Green Farm Eco-Center, Learning Garden in Eastside Park and additional urban satellite gardens in the community. This person will work in established gardens independently and alongside volunteers, youth educators and interns to ensure gardens meet ecologically-minded horticultural standards and community program needs. Ongoing garden tasks will include: weeding, mulching, planting, harvesting, pruning, trellising, watering and pest management. The Head Gardener will also act as an informational resource to staff and community members by leading garden workshops, supporting staff training, and consulting on new garden installations in the community. The ideal candidate has a flexible, positive attitude, perennial and vegetable gardening experience, and is interested in working in and with the community.
City Green, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the establishment of urban farms and gardens in northern New Jersey’s cities to create increased access to healthy, local food while cultivating education in food systems, nutrition, and the environment. City Green offers practical, technical, and financial support to community members of all ages to design, create and manage these urban green spaces. City Green promotes food justice and environmental equality through these greening efforts.
Diversity is a core value of City Green. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. City Green is committed to working to build and sustain an equitable and inclusive work environment where diversity is celebrated and valued. We believe diversity benefits and enriches the development of all our staff, partners, supporters, and community.
Duties & Responsibilities
Roles and Responsibilities:
– Oversee ongoing maintenance of City Green’s vegetable and perennial gardens at the City Green Farm Eco-Center and the following urban, satellite gardens: the Eastside Park Learning Garden, City Sprouts youth gardens and Weasel Brook Park Community Garden
– Work independently and alongside staff and volunteers to perform ongoing garden maintenance tasks; including, but not limited to: weeding, pruning, mulching, planting, trellising, harvesting, amending soil, pest management, watering etc.
Lead community and corporate volunteer days in the gardens
– Install native, perennial gardens at the City Green Farm Eco-Center and community partner sites alongside community members and partners.
– Manage their own garden maintenance schedule based on seasonal milestones and site priority
– Create and implements an all property irrigation schedule
– Lead new staff garden orientation and training
– Lead workshops for community members (teachers, community gardeners, home gardeners) on gardening 101, and various vegetable and perennial gardening topics when requested by program staff
– Track and maintain vegetable crop plans for youth garden programs
– Work with facilities staff to support installation of new raised bed gardens, and identify property repair needs
– Use a City Green vehicle to travel off-site at least 2x weekly to maintain satellite gardens
– Keep records of the planting calendar and plant installment
– Record and manage garden expense budgets
Follow organizational policies and standards for safety and liability
Maintain positive relationships with partners throughout programs
Maintenance of records and files for contacts and program materials
Support maintenance and updates of annual work plan
Participate in “All Hands On Deck” activities, where all City Green staff cooperate on a large project, event, educational program or volunteer day
Support initiatives and programs throughout the organization
Be prepared to professionally represent City Green in a variety of situations with partners, guests, funders, government officials, other stakeholders, and community members
Adhere to City Green’s workplace policies and practices
Adhering to City Green’s values around diversity, equity and inclusion
Education and Experience
– A proven track record of high-quality horticultural work
– Knowledge of New Jersey native plants and their horticultural requirements
– Ability to manage garden expense budgets
– Excellent management, supervisory, communication and leadership skills; ability to lead teams of diverse individuals to achieve small and large-scale projects.
– Demonstrated experience in project management
– Computer literacy
– Must be able to and carry 30 pounds for 100 yards.
– Demonstrated experience implementing risk management and occupational health and safety policy and practices in a public park, garden and/or recreational environment.
– NJ State Drivers License
All City Green Employees Must
– Undergo criminal background check because we are a youth-serving organization
– Must have a valid driver’s license of the state you reside in, at least 2 years driving experience, and be at least 19 years old.
– Employee’s driver history for the past 4 years must meet City Green’s insurance policy safe driving requirements.
– Be authorized to work in the United States
Hours and Compensation
– Full-time, year-round; in-person, must be available on select weekends and evenings
– Start date: February 27th, 2024
– $48,000 annually
– Visit www.citygreenonline.org/careers to apply
– Fill out the online application and upload resume
– Please contact us at 973-869-4086 or email@example.com with any questions.
City Green is a non profit Youth Serving Organization. As such we require all employees to receive a recommendation of approval for employment from the New Jersey State Police through State and Federal Fingerprint-Based Criminal History Record Check. Once a candidate has been offered employment by City Green, we will provide instructions to obtain the required documentation.