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  • Subject: [cg] Small Grant and Job posting
  • From: "Sandy Pernitz" Sandy.Pernitz@Seattle.Gov
  • Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 11:06:16 -0800

Small grant opportunity for garden supplies and tools below:
Community Garden Groups Invited to Apply for Fiskars Orange Thumb Grant
Fiskars Garden & Outdoor Living ( http://fiskars.com/US/ )  is now
accepting applications for its 2006 Project Orange Thumb grants program.
The company created Project Orange Thumb to support community garden
groups in the U.S. with tools and materials. Project Orange Thumb
recipients will receive grants of up to $1,500 in Fiskars Garden Tools
(retail value), and up to $800 in gardening-related materials such as
plants, seeds, mulch, etc. Recipients will also receive Project Orange
Thumb t-shirts for garden members/volunteers.
RFP Link:  http://fconline.fdncenter.org/pnd/10000427/fiskars 

Seattle Tilth Association
Posted: January 4, 2006

Volunteer Coordinator
Master Composter/Soil Builder Volunteer Program

Position available with the Natural Soil Building Program

Volunteer Coordinator:	Master Composter/Soil Builder Program
Days/Hours:	24-40 hours a week, varies seasonally, full time Jan-March, flexible hours
Time period:			Open until filled. 3-5 year commitment desired.
Wage:				$13.80 per hour
Qualified applicants may apply for the position as described above. Seattle Tilth Association is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The MC/SB Volunteer Coordinator position is staffed by a Seattle Tilth employee and is located at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford.

The Master Composter/Soil Builder Volunteer Program is an important part of the City of Seattle's Natural Soil Building Program. The MC/SB Volunteer Coordinator's position is an integral part of the activities that support the NSB Program. The MC/SB Volunteers offer free information to Seattle residents on backyard composting and natural soil building techniques through various community outreach opportunities. New in 2006, MC/SB volunteer outreach will focus on neighborhoods that receive the Natural Yard Care workshops series sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities. 

Some of the tasks include:
The Volunteer Coordinator assumes primary responsibility for recruitment and coordination of the Master Composter/Soil Builder Volunteers, scheduling all outreach activities and actively seeking new venues for outreach during the year. The coordinator will have an active role in connecting the MC/SB Volunteers with the Natural Yard Care Neighborhood residents and facilitating the workshops offered by Seattle Public Utilities. New responsibilities may arise as we carry out the Natural Soil Building Program goals, promoting soil building activities and reaching economically diverse audiences. Some of the tasks include:

' Keep a regular schedule for volunteer coordination duties
' Provide publicity for outreach recruitment, outreach events with calendar listings and articles in newspapers and organizational newsletters
' Recruit volunteers for the MC/SB Volunteer Training through a variety of media channels
' Assist in planning the MC/SB Volunteer Training including scheduling and curriculum development, facilities and equipment rentals, and transportation
' Conduct outreach-planning meetings with each MC/SB Volunteer 
' Identify and schedule outreach events for MC/SB Volunteers throughout the year
' Develop new volunteer opportunities in specified Natural Yard Care Neighborhoods
' Proactively schedule new outreach venues to guarantee diversity of the Natural Soil Building Program
' Arrange for the staffing of scheduled events with MC/SB Volunteers
' Handle site rentals, logistics and volunteer participation in the NYC Neighborhood Workshops
' Maintain database of past and present volunteers, recording hours and activity locations 
' Assist with MC/SB Volunteer training and outreach program evaluations 
' Provide quarterly reports with narrative and statistics from MC/SB Volunteer outreach activities 
' Compile year-end report of MC/SB Volunteer outreach activities and event data 
' Produce quarterly newsletters to notify volunteers of upcoming volunteer activities, program highlights and volunteer achievements 
' Provide daily account of coordination activities-billable hours reporting
' Attend Tilth staff meetings and Natural Soil Building team meetings
' Other duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications for the Master Composter/Soil Builder Volunteer Coordinator:
' Experience in adult volunteer coordination
' Proven ability to keep volunteers active and interested in program activities
' Outgoing personality with the ability to greet and engage the public 
' Experience teaching formally or informally in the classroom, in the workplace or at workshops
' Advanced knowledge of composting, soil building and regional gardening experience
' Ability to create curriculum and training materials to support NSB Program elements
' Strong writing and editing skills. (Short writing sample will be requested from finalists)
' Excellent organizational skills
' Friendly, polite and patient phone manner
' Creative ability to enhance outreach materials and displays
' Ability to work in a small indoor office, with lots of activity, while staying focused and calm
' Available to work evenings and weekends to contact volunteers and cover program activities
' Experience using Word, Excel, FileMaker Pro, PageMaker, and Publisher computer programs in addition to email and Internet use
' Current Washington State Drivers license, proof of auto insurance and a dependable vehicle for transporting materials to events 

Interested parties should submit a cover letter and resume to:
Seattle Tilth Association, Attn: Colleen Quinn, Natural Soil Building Program Manager
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. Rm. #120, Seattle, WA. 98103

Questions only may be directed to Colleen Quinn at 206.633.0324
Email to colleenquinn@seattletilth.org 
Application Deadline: Until position filled
Desired Start Date: February 13th, 2006

Seattle Tilth is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. 
Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Thanks for your time,
Sandy Pernitz
Community Garden Coordinator
P-Patch Program/Dept. of Neighborhoods
"In wilderness is the preservation of the world."  Thoreau
We have moved! NEW ADDDRESS
Department of Neighborhoods
700 5th Avenue Suite 1700
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

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