Community Garden Coordinator

Location: 
Cypress Hills, Brooklyn
Publication Date: 
Thursday, August 8, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
The Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation

Title: Community Garden Coordinator

Supervisor: Verde Senior Project Manager

 The Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC) is a not-for-profit community development organization, serving 8,000 individuals a year with high quality housing counseling and housing development, community organizing and youth and family services programs.  With community residents leading the way, the mission of CHLDC is to build a strong, sustainable Cypress Hills/East New York, where youth and adults achieve educational and economic success, secure affordable housing, and develop leadership skills to transform their lives and community.

 The Community Garden Coordinator will work under the banner of our Cypress Hills Verde initiatives of the organization’s Community Development division, which takes a holistic approach to sustainability, incubating projects and programming designed to make Cypress Hills a greener, healthier, more affordable place to live. We are seeking a self-motivated and committed individual with farming and community outreach experience to fill the position for a Community Garden Coordinator (CGC), to be the project manager for our “Cypress Hills Agriculture and Neighborhood Gardening Expansion (CHANGE) Project” which seeks to create the community demand for gardening opportunities, increase access to local and fresh produce, create income- generating opportunities in the food business, and increase community engagement in the local food system in Cypress Hills/East New York through urban agriculture and community gardening supported by outreach and training.

 Job Responsibilities:

 •             With Cypress Verde Senior Project Manager, develop and oversee

execution of all aspects of the CHANGE Project, including the development and support of four new gardens and approximately four to six existing gardens, involving programming and coordination of workshops about nutrition, cooking and gardening.

•             Manage and run gardens of CHANGE Project and CHLDC

•             Seek networking opportunities with existing organizations in New York

City to expand collaboration and resource sharing as relates to gardening, community outreach and food access.

•             Support outreach and promotion efforts of the project, devising an

outreach and recruitment strategy to attract residents in Cypress Hills/East New York and to create interest to join the food & gardening movement.

•             Track progress and complete reports to project funders as necessary.

•             Provide urban agriculture technical assistance to gardeners and

members of the new and existing CHANGE and CHDLC gardens regarding all aspects of produce growth and harvesting, and egg-laying hens, and other urban farming issues as arise.

•             As a community based initiative, utilize community participation tools

in the process of creating the demand for fresh healthy food in Cypress Hills/ East New York.

•             Connect community farmers and gardeners with local farmers market in

East New York to sell their produce.

•             Organize community build out days for the construction of new

community gardens during and manage volunteer days for  existing gardens.

•             Coordination of construction and management of a chicken coop.

•             Other community development activities as arise.

Qualifications:

 •             Bachelor’s degree (a degree in Education, Farming and Agriculture or

related field preferred);  four years of experience and workable knowledge of farming can replace the lack of degree.

•             Knowledge in raising chickens and ability to maintain gardens on a

daily based.

•             Must be fully bilingual (English/Spanish).

•             Comfortable working with people of different ages and cultures.

•             Friendly and outgoing.

•             Experience with facilitation and group decision-making.

•             Ability to manage conflict resolution in groups.

•             Strong listening, interpersonal, oral and written communication

skills.

•             Knowledge of and interest in community health.

•             Takes initiative and works well independently, and also works well as

part of a team.

•             Be able to lift up heavy weight and do manual labor around the garden,

and have a desire to work outside.

•             Must be able to accommodate flexible hours to attend meetings in

evenings, weekends or early mornings.

•             Computer literate.

•             Special consideration will be given to people either with community

organizing or community outreach experience.

•             Carpenter skills are a plus.

•             Demonstrates commitment to leadership development, community building,

and community organizing as strategies for social change.

This position is full-time. Salary 35-40K, commensurate with experience; Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation offers a competitive benefits package.

 Contact:  Please send resume and cover letter noting your qualifications to Yakima Pena, yakimap@cypresshills.org.  Please no phone calls.