Regional Garden Coordinator

Website VT Community Garden Network

The Regional Garden Coordinator reports to the Garden Education Manager at the Vermont Community Garden Network (VCGN) and works closely with the Resident Engagement Specialist at Champlain Housing Trust to provide support for community gardens at nine affordable housing sites in Chittenden County.

VCGN manages garden education programming at these nine housing sites, working with residents and housing management to enhance food gardens, provide garden leadership and management support, and teach gardening and related skills tailored to meet the needs of each site.

Primary Duties: 

  • Host Garden Openings Days in May to welcome returning & new resident gardeners and begin spring planting
  • Lead bi-monthly Garden Support Visits at housing sites to support residents with gardening questions, demonstrate best practices in organic backyard gardening, and share resources
  • Lead two seasonal hands-on workshops at housing sites on garden planning in spring and food preservation in fall
  • Host Garden Closing Days in October to celebrate the growing season, tidy up the community space, plant garlic, and put the garden beds to rest
  • Gather content, edit, and publish bi-monthly Garden E-Newsletters to support residents at each garden site
  • Participate in community outreach efforts and communication strategies to actively engage resident gardeners
  • Participate in garden maintenance activities as needed throughout the summer growing season
  • Document activities through photographs, testimonials, and activity logs
  • Complete weekly reporting requirements and maintain open communication with the Garden Education Manager and Resident Engagement Specialist
  • Commitment to follow COVID-19 response protocols established by VCGN for our garden education programs, and in alignment with state regulations

Skills & Qualifications: 

  • Interest in organic vegetable gardening, food justice, garden education
  • Creative, fun-loving, and dynamic personality with a passion for community engagement
  • At least two full seasons of small scale organic vegetable gardening in Vermont
  • Experience and confidence facilitating group activities, workshops, and community gatherings for individuals of all ages and diverse backgrounds
  • Practical experience in food preservation and herbalism is a plus
  • Quick learner, able and willing to work independently to deliver garden education programming
  • Familiarity with Canva or willingness to learn online design program to edit bi-monthly E-Newsletters
  • Ability to clearly, effectively, and regularly communicate via email and phone with VCGN staff, property managers and resident gardeners
  • Personal transportation is required to get to garden sites in Burlington, S. Burlington, Williston, Colchester, and Charlotte

Length of position: March – October

Hours: Total weekly hours for this position averages to around 7hrs/week, and may fluctuate between 5 to 10 hours per week.  Activities will be scheduled during weekday evening hours between 4-7pm, typically 1-3 evenings per week.  The workload during the month of May (a busy time in the gardening world!) will likely be over 10 hours per week and will include Saturday morning commitments.  Candidates must be available in these time frames to be considered for this part-time, seasonal position.

Compensation: $16/hour

Application deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021.  We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and highly encourage applicants to express their interest as soon as possible.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to:

Carolina Lukac, Garden Education Manager, carolina@vcgn.org and a copy to garden@vcgn.org

To apply for this job email your details to carolina@vcgn.org