Community Gardens Connections Co-Coordinator

Environmental Studies
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Libby McCann
Jean Kayira
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 creative, collaborative work-study eligible students to co-coordinate this on-going local garden education 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 ( This position works closely with three other Co-Coordinators and faculty to support nine existing community garden sites located at social service agencies/nonprofits in the City of Keene, and establish two new organizational sites in the coming 2015 season. 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; review site applications and conduct interviews as needed; design, implement and evaluate educational workshops; build gardens; educate and communicate with 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 to food. In addition to a CGC Westmoreland Project Co-Coordinator/Garden Project Coordinator (job is posted separately), we are looking for co-coordinators in these particular arenas:
• Education Coordination (lead role in designing educational workshops)
• Media & Outreach Coordination (lead role with publicity, social media, visual documentation, communicating with advisory partners, etc.)
• Volunteer Coordination (works closely with CGC Westmoreland Garden Project Manager and solicits volunteers for other events like CGC’s annual harvest festival)
• Project Coordination (Budget & Project Management)
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; good team player.
• Self-directed and motivated to move the project forward.
• Willing to learn new skills.
• Gardening, environmental education, cultural competency, food justice knowledge, grant writing and/or evaluation experience preferred though not required.
• Possibly interested in continuing beyond the position end date.