Garden Manager - Spanish Bilingual (Part Time)
FLSA Status: 20-30 hours per week from February – October and very limited hours Nov. – Jan. This position is a “fixed term” position with funding for three years and chances of renewal.
Garden Manager Job Summary: The Garden Manager oversees all garden operations, including design, project management, weeding, irrigation, permaculture installations, harvesting by engaging volunteers, students, neighbors, the 2022 resident horticulturist, and RSD staff. The Garden Manager is responsible for facilitating a range of arts education programs including: classes, workshops, tours, demonstrations, and other activities as assigned. Under the direction of the Artistic Director, the Garden Manager engages the community at large as well as internally at GoggleWorks and the school. The Garden manager will demonstrate GoggleWorks’ values and seek to advance equity, inclusion, and diversity for all stakeholders.
Essential Job Functions:
- Horticulture and Garden Management
- Restore and maintain existing gardens and work to design/develop gardens annually
- Aim to design sustainable solutions to problems; utilize sustainable technologies; identify opportunities for permaculture; and manage sustainability projects
- Seed, irrigate, manage soil, cultivate, and harvest plants and foods needed to teach large groups of kids about horticulture and sustainable design.
- Plan and develop production foods for distribution at markets and other venues
- Recruit and oversee volunteer garden managers and future horticulture residents
- Plan and oversee garden events
- Identify food insecurity needs and hunger in the community
- Teach a variety of classes, after school, outreach, and STEM programs
- Maintain annual calendar with schedule of events, key dates and deadlines
- Work with necessary partners including (but not limited to): Reading School District, Lauer’s Park Elementary, Longwood Gardens, Rodale Institute, Berks Nature, Wyomissing Foundation Task Force, City Council, Alvernia University, Master Gardeners, City of Reading
- Engage the neighbors and other community stakeholders to determine needs and get critical feedback
- Attend meetings, trainings and key program events as determined by program staff
- Keep regular and consistent weekly hours and make the schedule available to all garden users and administration
Competency Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
- Proficiency with gardening and sustainable systems
- Skills to engage students of all abilities
- Time management, organizational and planning skills
- Ability to inspire and elevate the performance of those around them
- Flexibility, resourcefulness, and problem solving as related to effective management
- Excellent oral communication; strong written communication is desired
- Passion for GoggleWorks’ mission and community
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in a relative field or two years of horticulture or garden experience (Combinations of demonstrated experience and education in sustainability and teaching will be considered)
- Experience working with diverse and underserved audiences desired
- Familiarity with communication technology like Google Suite as well as Microsoft Office Suite
- Bilingual in Spanish required
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
- Required to travel to and from the GoggleWorks campus and/or various locations in the city
- Occasionally required to lift heavy objects up to 50 lbs.
- Must pass a criminal background check prior to employment.
About GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
GoggleWorks is a place to develop skills, ask questions, experiment freely, and investigate the human spirit. Here we create a dialogue between the established and the experimental, the contemporary and the traditional. Through exceptional arts education and engaging community programming, we inspire people to expand the boundaries of art making, personal growth, social justice, and appreciation for material culture. GoggleWorks supports aspiring, emerging, and established artists through year-round arts education; including workshops, classes, visiting artists, residencies, summer camps, studio access, and exhibitions. Additionally, GoggleWorks offers a robust schedule of outreach programs and special events.
GoggleWorks’ mission is to transform lives through unique interactions with art.
To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or belief. Employment decisions are made without consideration of these or any other factors that are prohibited by law.