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Job Title: Community Garden Coordinator

  • Subject: [cg] Job Title: Community Garden Coordinator
  • From: "Sandy Pernitz" Sandy.Pernitz@Seattle.Gov
  • Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 10:36:26 -0700

Seattle Washington P-Patch Community Gardening Program
DON-700573:  Open for all applicants May 1 and closes for all
applicants June 6, 2005
Job Title: Community Garden Coordinator
Salary$20.30 to $23.63 an hour (DOE)
Department of Neighborhoods
Location: Arctic Building
Full/Part Time: Part Time, 26 hours/week
Position Duties: Work with five P-Patch Program staff to plan,
evaluate, prepare, maintain and expand P-Patch Community Gardening
sites. Organize gardeners at 70 garden sites (more than 2000 plots) and
work with volunteers who provide support to the program. Plan,
coordinate and monitor the application process for P-Patch plots. Use a
database to make plot assignments, collect fees, and assess plot usage.
Monitor adherence to program regulations and develop procedures.
Evaluate and coordinate maintenance at garden sites. Provide gardeners
with technical assistance and work with them to develop on-site
management capacity. Solicit donations and prepare grant proposals.
Develop and present safety procedures and training on power equipment.
Prepare correspondence and educational materials to promote the program.
Work collaboratively with other staff to expand the reach of the program
both with new gardens and into under-served communities.

Work with P-Patch gardens in SE and SW Seattle. The population group
ranges from middle income to low income and limited English-speaking
immigrants. Three of the gardens are farmed primarily by elderly Laotian
immigrants, and most mix two to three languages including English.
Duties for these gardens include outreach to immigrant groups; direct
management and fostering volunteer leadership. 

Work with P-Patch staff to merge different elements of the P-Patch
program. We plan to better integrate staff management of the 30 gardens
primarily serving immigrant and low income people and the 40 middle
income gardens. 

The Department's priorities are Building Strong Communities,
Advancing Race Relations and Social Justice, Investing in Academic
Success for All Kids, and Delivering Excellence in Service. This
position represents the Department and its priorities, as well as City
government, to the public. To that end, strong customer service skills
and the ability to work with diverse populations are critical. 

Required Qualifications: Two years of related experience and the
equivalent of a BA degree in social science, planning, environmental
studies, horticulture, agriculture, or a related field. Requires working
evenings and weekends to conduct meetings and to perform field work.
Requires gardening work involving lifting up to 50 pounds, working
outdoors in all types of weather, and standing, walking or bending for
extended periods of time. State of Washington Driver's License or
equivalent mobility. This position is funded for 26 hours/week.

Desired Qualifications: Fluency in one or more of the following
languages: Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao languages, Russian or other East
European languages or Horn of Africa languages. Demonstrated community
or grass roots organizing skills and work with diverse communities.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and be a
skilled listener. Ability to work collaboratively. Have demonstrated
organic food production and experience with garden layout requirements.
Word processing skills.


Thanks for your time,
Sandy Pernitz
Community Garden Coordinator
P-Patch Program/Dept. of Neighborhoods
"Life is like a game of cards.  The hand that is dealt you represents
determinism; the way you play it is free will."  Jawaharal Nehru
sandy.pernitz@seattle.gov
206-684-0284
700 3rd Ave, Suite 400
Seattle, WA  98104


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