Garden Operations & Community Engagement Assistant
- Job posted by Associated Students, San Jose State University
Details: $19.50 per hour
1 Washington Square
Associated Students’ (A.S.) mission is to support and represent the students of San José State University by continuing the organization’s legacy of student advocacy and leadership; to enhance SJSU students’ education through high quality programs and services; and to prepare students as they move towards a thoughtful and purposeful life after graduation.
A.S. is a non-profit auxiliary corporation serving the students of San Jose State University whose primary source of funding is from mandatory student body fees. A.S. Departments include the Cesar Chavez Community Action Center, Child Development Center, General Services Center, Human Resources, Information Technology, Events, Marketing, Print & Technology Center, Student Government, and Transportation Solutions.
Under the supervision of the Cesar Chavez Community Action Center (CCCAC) Department Manager, the Garden Operations & Community Engagement Assistant is responsible for providing leadership and training student assistants and volunteers, and maintaining the operations of the garden which includes a variety of garden tasks including, but not limited to; bed creating and preparedness, seeding and transplanting, weeding, pruning, harvesting, greenhouse propagation, composting, and irrigation system maintenance.
Oversight of operations and volunteer coordination shall be accomplished using a community engagement approach with the San Jose State University campus community of students, faculty, and staff. This position will also assist in achieving the primary goals of the Garden, which include Integrated Learning and Civic Engagement; enriching the student experience and providing food resources to address the hunger of students; strengthen community alliances, both on and off campus.
EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE
· Bachelor’s in degree preferred
· Experience with gardening tools and general hardware is required.
· Experience working with diverse backgrounds (age, race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and ability)
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
STUDENT & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT:
- Oversee the Community Garden Program Assistants and volunteers and serve as a leader, role model, and teacher.
- Share knowledge about gardening/farming techniques and sustainability centered in social justice with program assistants, volunteers, and campus community.
- Establish educational opportunities at the garden in collaboration with local resources and partners as determined.
- Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a University environment, including its programs and services, requirements and procedures and the overall mission and goals of an educational institution.
- Prior community building experience for a campus or community organization is a plus.
- Organize, prepare, and supervise garden workday tasks.
- Work with Master Gardeners and local resources to identify plant, seed, and material needs.
- Develop, implement and manage the annual planting and maintenance schedule
- Ensure safe, proper and productive garden activities
- Work efficiently on a variety of garden tasks including, but not limited to create signage, decorations, props, and graphics
- Responsible for equipment organization, storage, cleaning, while maintaining a safe work environment
- Work with the campus community in an effort to cultivate critical thinking and civic engagement in topics including, but not limited to, sustainability, and food justice.
- Serve as a CCCAC representative on the Student Hunger Committee and work with on-campus advocacy groups on campus that address student hunger, environmental issues and food justice.
- Establish and coordinate the Grow with Us program at the garden that engages the campus community
- Strengthen community alliances, both on and off campus through developing and maintaining positive neighbor relations within the vicinity of the Garden
- Recruit, supervise and train the Community Garden Program Assistants and assist with volunteer orientations and training sessions.
- Develop and implement monthly reports and semi-annual evaluations.
- Survey and compile data as appropriate.
- Maintain garden project files and records.
- Oversee marketing needs and recruiting strategies for the Garden and volunteers to increase awareness and involvement of SJSU students, and promote the Garden and related events.
- Participate in department staff meetings, organization-wide trainings and development activities.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND OUTCOMES:
To perform this job successfully, this individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. Additionally, must maintain professionalism, integrity, consistency and reliability at all times.
- Experience and knowledge in maintaining the operations of the garden which includes a variety of garden tasks including, but not limited to; production of edible foods, bed creating and preparedness, seeding and transplanting, weeding, pruning, harvesting, greenhouse propagation, composting, and irrigation system maintenance.
- Ability to lift at least 40 lbs.
- Requires excellent interpersonal, written and verbal skills.
- Requires excellent time management and planning skills.
- Requires patience, confidence, and a helpful, friendly and professional attitude when working with students, staff, vendors, partners and volunteers.
- Extensive knowledge on how to properly sustain a garden is required.
- Comfort working with people from diverse backgrounds (age, race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and ability)
- Must be proficient in Microsoft programs; including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Applications.
Minimum Education Required