City Harvest (CH) is a dynamic food production initiative that connects institutions around the city, community gardeners, entrepreneurial growers, food cupboards and other local outlets to increase the volume of fresh produce in low wealth communities. The City Harvest Coordinator will work directly with community gardeners and entrepreneurial growers around the city to build their capacity. With direction from the City Harvest Specialist, the Coordinator will manage the City Harvest garden at the Philadelphia Prisons System.
• Coordinates the City Harvest greenhouse and production garden at the Philadelphia Prison System to yield seedlings and produce for donation • Leads training workshops on propagation for Roots to Re-Entry participants at Philadelphia Prisons • Assists with delivering training workshops on organic systems management • Assists with greenhouse propagation at Green Resource Centers • Assists with large-scale distribution days • Assists with garden infrastructure projects and supply deliveries • Plans, prepares and implements volunteer workdays at participating gardens • Anticipates necessary project materials and oversees purchases in accordance to budget • Assists with managing of expense account, maintenance of project reports, collection of produce logs, work hour logs, and other data collection • Assists with care and maintenance of tractor and other equipment • Participates in PHS events throughout the year including PHeaSt and the Philadelphia International Flower Show • Helps to enlist new and retain existing donors by sharing the benefits of PHS membership with partners, advisors, program participants and others with whom you meet in carrying out your work • Performs other work-related duties as assigned
• Bachelor's degree in biology, agriculture, food production or a related field • Minimum two full years (through 3 seasons) of experience in intensive, organic vegetable production, organic seedling production and greenhouse management • Working knowledge of urban horticulture • Ability to operate and maintain BCS tiller and knowledge of small farm tools and machinery preferred • Experience in organic systems management record keeping preferred • Experience teaching about nutrition and/or cooking with fresh vegetables preferred • Effective facilitation, community organizing and training skills for diverse groups • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office and Internet) • Excellent interpersonal communication skills across constituencies including team members, program participants, and city agencies • Outstanding organization skills, attention to detail and ability to handle multiple priorities in a timely and reliable manner • Work independently and collaboratively under variable conditions including early mornings, weekends, and inclement weather • Valid driver’s license and a clean, safe driving record • Ability to lift and move 50 lbs comfortably • Strong written and spoken Spanish or Southeast Asian language skills a plus • All offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of the PPS criminal record check and finger printing procedures
Please send a cover letter, salary expectations and resume to:
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
c/o Human Resources
100 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103