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The Gateway Greening Urban Farm is a 2.5 acre agricultural operation in downtown St. Louis. The site is used as a platform for community development, with an array of program operations: a Therapeutic Job Training program for individuals who are struggling with homelessness; a teen employment program for youth from low- to middle-income neighborhoods; a vibrant group and individual volunteer program; a Community Supported Agriculture program; and more.
The Farm Manager oversees all aspects of the Gateway Greening Urban Farm, including staff supervision, agricultural management, program oversight & development, budget & grant administration, curriculum development & implementation and direct service to program participants. Much of the work in the growing season is outdoors with indoor work occurring in the winter months.
- Oversee the daily operations of the Gateway Greening Urban Farm, including agricultural tasks, educational programming and volunteer needs
- Directs all crop management, including supply acquisition, crop rotation, plant maintenance, harvest, produce distribution and food safety
- Organizes and coordinates the Therapeutic Job Training program structure
- Collaborates with other staff to coordinate teen employment and volunteer programming
- Maintain relationships with all participating partners through regular communication and annual evaluation meetings
- Assists writing grants for individual programs and overall organization
- Tracks data and evaluates regularly (i.e. harvest numbers, sales, donations, client participants, graduates, etc.)
- Coordinates program evaluations and implements changes when necessary
- Responsible for planning, tracking, and reporting on program deliverables as necessary for grant reports and proposals
- Provides direct supervision for Food Distribution Coordinator, Horticulture Instructor and AmeriCorps VISTA
- Assist the Food Distribution Coordinator with CSA program, including harvest, packing and distribution
- Assist Horticulture Instructor with Therapeutic Job Training Program, including teaching classes and curriculum development
- Oversee daily management of program participants, including providing informal referrals for necessary social services through St. Patrick Center
- Assist in program development internally and externally with Executive Leadership
- Provide appropriate information to constituents through the preparation of content for GGI communications
- Fulfill speaking engagements, both educational and to promote the organization
- Assist with Special Events as needed
- Lead volunteers, practicum students and interns on tasks relating to urban agriculture programs
- This position has supervisory responsibilities.
- This position will work outdoors doing extensive manual labor periodically throughout the year. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Must be able to carry heavy objects, climb ladders, move objects from one location to another, and work in a crouched position
- Actively works hands-on to complete horticulture related tasks
- Comfortable working in immediate proximity to the general public, in a safe and friendly manner
- Office/indoor work performed primarily during winter months
- Ability to operate a motor vehicle and trailer
- Ability to work both outdoors and indoors for extended periods of time
- Ability to lift 50 lbs. (i.e., load, unload and move gardening supplies, medium to heavy weight tools and equipment)
- May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e., step stools, climb ladders, etc.)
- Requires the ability to make and receive frequent phone calls
- Ability to deal with people in a sensitive and tactful manner
- Must be able to effectively use garden tools and power tools (carpentry)
- Occasional participation with event set-up and/or clean-up
- Ability to use computer and operate standard office equipment including copiers, files, fax machines
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 3:30pm
Evenings and weekend hours will be required as needed for special events and workshops
Frequent local travel throughout St. Louis metropolitan area is required - 20% or more.
Required Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree required. Preferred areas of study include: Education, Social Work, Environmental Studies, Horticulture, Urban Agriculture
- Minimum of (2) years’ of an equivalent combination of skills, education and experience may be considered.
- Minimum (3) three years’ teaching and/or managing educational programs, managing budgets & work plans and supervising staff.
- Minimum (2) two years’ hands-on, relevant horticulture/gardening work experience required: strong demonstrated knowledge on how to grow vegetables organically in an urban environment; experience with season extension methods; demonstrated knowledge of garden planning and design; knowledge of landscaping & gardening tools and equipment
- Experience teaching a diverse range of people in a non-traditional setting, using interactive methods
- Experience performing basic carpentry skills necessary to cut lumber, build raised vegetable beds, and construct compost bins
- Experience using program evaluation tools and assessing feedback
- Excellent project management skills including the ability to develop schedules/timelines; develop and implement long-range plans; communicate with and directing staff and volunteer work groups; ability to manage competing priorities; and provide quality results concerning program deliverables and crop production. Strong focus on execution of programmatic plans.
- Ability to teach others basic to advanced gardening techniques and skills, community building skills, practical job skills, and therapeutic horticulture techniques.
- Strong public speaking/presentation skills; demonstrated experience presenting in front of diverse groups preferred
- Demonstrated understanding of financial operating budgets and grant-reporting processes
- Ability to collaborate with others to achieve organizational goals and objectives
- Demonstrates highest level of professional and ethical conduct.
- Proficient experience using Microsoft Office Suite
- Experience entering data into a database
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986
- Must complete a Missouri State Highway Patrol Background Check
Gateway Greening, Inc., does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.