Global Garden Assistant (Part Time)

Successfully promote and support the mission of  JVS by providing day-to-day support for programming that serves refugee populations in the Kansas City area through agriculture Assist the Global Gardens Program Manager in weekly upkeep of garden sites, including watering, weeding, tilling, mowing, inventory and other garden maintenance. Assistance with data entry, monthly workshops, organizing garden tours, field day preparation, and farmers’ market set up and tear down, as needed. 

Other duties as assigned.

 Qualifications:

At least 18 years of age with gardening, horticulture, farming, or landscaping experience in an urban environment is preferred but not required. Have a willingness to work with a variety of cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.

Position requires use of personal vehicle with mileage reimbursement. Valid driver’s license, insurance, and clean driving record is required. Use of cell phone is also required with partial reimbursement by agency.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Recruit and train participants through workshops and individual support, including providing technical and material assistance, and information on healthy living/eating.
  • Coordinate workshops-schedule interpreters and gardeners
  • Coordinate placements, applications and involvement in gardening projects.
  • Monitor crop output, worker participation and healthy eating standards to accurately maintain participant database for grant reporting and evaluation.
  • Oversee volunteer groups and work days at garden sites
  • Assist with the promotion of Global Gardens in the neighborhood and with other refugee/immigrant service providers including website updates, social media and flyer distribution.
  • Develop community gardens in partnership with refugee community groups and Cultivate Kansas City under the Health Care Foundation Global GardensGrant and Menorah Legacy Foundation Grant.

Skills Needed

 · Ability to comfortably lift up to 40 pounds repeatedly and undertake physically demanding gardening work. 

· Experience with vegetable gardening. 

· Ability to work with people from diverse economic, social and political backgrounds, respectfully and with patience. 

· Experience teaching and working with community groups. 

·Ability to work effectively with little supervision. 

· Excellent organizational skills. 

· Proficiency in Word, Excel, Access and internet-based communication.

· Ability to work a flexible schedule (including evenings and weekends when necessary)