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Manager Urban Food Programs

Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver, CO 80206
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Job Summary: Serves as the horticulture liaison to implement various urban food projects within the Gardens and in the community, including operating the community garden. Will also serve as the Denver Botanic Gardens' liaison related to various urban food projects, including but not limited to education programs, coordinating with Education Department and various community partners.

Career Type: Full-time

Compensation: biweekly salary $1,760.00 (annualized $45,760.00)

Qualifications/Experience: Minimum of two years' experience in urban agricultural practices. Bachelor's degree in horticulture, agriculture, agronomy, biology, education or related field from a four-year college or university with 2 to 3 years' experience in urban agricultural practices. Advanced understanding of correct horticultural practices and experience in all aspects of routine maintenance and management of urban farms and sustainable vegetable production. Experience in the care and cultivation of a wide variety of specialty crops and vegetables, with demonstrated knowledge and hands-on skills in the same including but not limited to: Integrated Pest Management (IPM), planting, weed identification and control, cultural requirements of vegetable crops, irrigation and soil cultivation. Ability to develop and implement related educational programs to diverse audiences. Experience working with diverse population groups required. Working knowledge of basic horticultural equipment, tools, and machinery required. Strong verbal, interpersonal, and written communications skills required. Valid Colorado Driver's License, plus valid vehicle insurance and an acceptable driving record required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works with DHA staff and residents in planning and execution of existing and new urban agricultural sites.
  • With minimal direction, applies appropriate horticultural techniques to ensure community projects are implemented to the highest standards.
  • Develops plant lists and assist with identifying sources and placing orders.
  • Uses appropriate horticultural techniques of the highest standard to install and maintain garden areas in various locations.
  • Plants and maintains farm locations. Maintenance tasks include, but not limited to weeding, cultivating, fertilizing, watering, pruning, and other horticultural tasks.
  • Responsible for the day to day oversight and management of assigned staff, team's volunteers, interns and seasonal employees within guidelines of department objectives and goals.
  • Works with Director and Associate Director on appropriate motivation, planning and disciplinary actions.
  • In consultation with Director and Senior Horticulture Team, plans, implements and oversees the ordering, propagation, and installation of permanent and temporary displays.
  • Directs the day to day tasks of staff, volunteers, interns, seasonal employees within guidelines of departmental goals and objectives.
  • Compiles reports as necessary for each urban project to include statistics on populations served, harvest, economic benefit, nutritional impact, cultural impact, etc.
  • Coordinates Beginning Market Farming certificate course in collaboration with Colorado State University Extension and Education Department, serving in an administrative capacity and delivering curriculum as necessary.
  • Coordinates operations of farm stands at DHA sites and the acquisition and distribution of produce from urban farms, community garden, York St. gardens and Chatfield farms, implementing good food safety practices.
  • Works in collaboration with Gardens' horticulture staff and other departments (Chatfield, Development, Marketing, Education, etc.) in identifying ways of enhancing DBG's reach in urban agriculture projects within the community.
  • Develops new curriculum based on needs.
  • Serves as Gardens' spokesperson for urban agriculture in the community.
  • Identifies economic development opportunities for residents and make appropriate connections.
  • Identifies new opportunities for expansion of urban agriculture projects.
  • Manages and operates the Community garden.
  • Participates in education programs and conducts tours when required including but not limited to evenings and weekends. Actively participates in writing and publishing articles, developing content for signs and interpretation, and creating and coordinating education programs. Collaborates with Education, other DBG departments and outside resources as necessary.
  • Keeps abreast of trends & developments in field and applies appropriate changes.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Creates and defines tasks and processes for volunteers and urban agricultural project participants (including DHA residents).
  • Coordinates expenditure related to curriculum development and garden implementation.
  • Participates in special events as needed in the urban gardening community.
  • Maintains satisfactory working relationships with managers, co-workers and others.
  • Maintains a positive, helpful and solution-oriented demeanor when responding to or serving members and visitors.
  • Uses appropriate safety procedures.
  • Participates in special events as needed including but not limited to Spring Plant Sale, Fete des Fleur, and Fall Plant & Bulb Sale, assisting as required in various tasks including but not limited to set-up, teardown and cleanup of projects.
  • Performs other duties as requested by management, including snow removal in the winter.

Benefits: Major benefits include choice of medical plans, dental, vision and life insurance, medical and daycare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Healthcare Spending Account (HSA) ; a generous retirement plan plus paid holidays, vacation, personal and sick time and access to personal lines of insurance. Additional benefits include short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), an ECO pass and a complimentary Denver Botanic Gardens membership, access to Gardens education classes and summer concert tickets.

Posted: 2021-02-02 Expires: 2021-03-06

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