Community Gardens Connections Co-Coordinator

Environmental Studies
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Elizabeth McCann
emccann@antioch.edu
Jean Kayira
8/22/14
5/10/15
3-4
10-15
Generally not, though some flexibility required to meet student needs as well as programmatic scheduling
Generally not, though some flexibility required to meet student needs as well as programmatic scheduling
Community Garden Connections (CGC) seeks a creative, collaborative work-study eligible students to co-coordinate this on-going local gardening initiative. CGC is committed to building local capacity to grow food and address issues of food insecurity related to climate change, personal and communal health, and resiliency (http://www.antiochne.edu/cgc/default.cfm). This position works closely with 3+ other Co-Coordinators and faculty to support nine existing community garden sites located at social service agencies/nonprofits in the City of Keene. To supplement the food grown at these agency sites, CGC also manages a demonstration garden in Westmoreland, NH in collaboration with the County of Cheshire. Some responsibilities are to: identify and create partnerships with relevant organizations in Keene; design, implement and evaluate educational workshops; buil d gardens; educate and communicate with new and existing partners about gardening and food preparation; and co-coordinate all other necessary moving parts to this multifaceted initiative. Other important aspects of this position are to contribute to community outreach through the Antioch webpage, social media, and local/regional press; collaborate with other non-profits and organizations in the Monadnock Region doing similar work; and creatively pursue relevant service projects that address community-identified needs and fulfill CGC's mission to increase access.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Strong project management, organizational and time management skills.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to have fun planning, preparing, and gardening with local organizations.
• Likes to and works well with a variety of people.
• Self-directed and motivated to move the project forward.
• Willing to learn new skills.
• Gardening, environmental education, grant writing and/or evaluation experience preferred though not required
• Possibly interested in continuing beyond the position end date.