Volunteer Coordinator & Garden Manager, Summit Community Gardens

Park City, UT

Job Title: Volunteer Coordinator & Garden Manager

Organization: Summit Community Gardens

Location: Park City, UT

Overview: Summit Community Gardens (SCG) is a non-profit organization that operates a 1.5-acre community garden in Park City, centrally located just off Old Ranch Road at 4056 Shadow Mountain Drive. Their mission is to build and strengthen the community by educating, empowering, and providing an opportunity for people to grow their own food successfully and sustainably. They achieve the mission by offering gardening education, garden plot rentals, and community events.

The UCC AmeriCorps Garden Manager and Volunteer Coordinator is primarily responsible for assisting the Garden Director in the planting, harvesting, development, and maintenance of the gardens.

They will also work on developing and expanding the volunteer programs, and will help facilitate garden volunteer groups, and assist at SCG events, and camps. The position requires strong leadership skills, self-motivation, and a passion to represent the benefits of growing and eating healthy, local, organic food. Through this position, the UCC AmeriCorps member will have the opportunity to learn about organic farming practice, outdoor education, sustainable food production, and non-profit volunteer management through hands-on experience.

Duties:

Garden Manager:

  • Help plant, maintain, harvest, record, and distribute produce from all demonstration gardens.
  • Help manage donations of fresh produce to Community members in need.
  • Harvest and manage Farm Stand
  • Provide support to community gardeners as needed
  • Help to facilitate garden volunteer groups and garden crews
  • Assist with Summit Community Gardens and community events as needed, including: Garden Orientation Day, Dinners in the Garden, other Garden activities and events.

Volunteer Coordination:

  • Work closely with Executive Director, Garden Director, and other AmeriCorps staff to identify and implement opportunities for volunteers
  • Monitor community gardeners volunteer hours to ensure they complete their service
  • Provide training and communication to volunteers
  • Organize volunteers into task-specific groups and arrange for volunteer days throughout the season
  • Identify and implement volunteer tracking and reporting tools
  • Recruit volunteers to also participate in outreach events
  • Help develop a volunteer recognition program, including planning an end-of-year celebration

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Organized, motivated, and able to work independently and as part of a group
  • Interest in community engagement
  • Confidence in public outreach and speaking
  • Excellent communication skills, positive attitude, and ability to solve problems creatively
  • Desire to work outdoors in variable weather conditions
  • Basic knowledge of sustainable, organic gardening OR strong desire to learn Other Preferred Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field (Horticulture, nonprofit management, education, social work, environmental studies, etc.)
  • Prior experience working with or managing volunteers
  • Prior experience with gardening, farming, or education
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, comfortable using Google Applications (Gmail and Google Docs)
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds and work in the garden
  • Fluency in Spanish 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and eligible to serve an AmeriCorps State/National term.
  • Must be at least age 18 by the start of their term and have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must undergo and pass a National Criminal History Check.
  • Must commit to completing their Term of Service.

Time: The Garden Manager/Volunteer Coordinator will work roughly 25 hours a week. The hours will fluctuate with events and garden schedules. Can have flexible scheduling hours; however, they expect the Coordinator will establish and publish his or her schedule at least 2 weeks in advance and notify the Executive Director of any changes.

Salary/Pay: This is an individual placement position through the Utah State University, Utah Conservation Corps (USU-UCC), AmeriCorps Program. USU-UCC and SCG will provide the selected individual with a $$6,353 living allowance divided into bi-monthly installments and an educational award of $2,417 (upon completion of the entire member contract).

Application Deadline: 9 p.m., March 1

How to Apply: Send cover letter, resume, contact information for 2 professional references to sloane@summitcommunitygardens.org. Please put “UCC AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator” in the subject line.