HIRING: Production Garden Assistant @ The Nashville Food Project

Position Description – Responsibilities and Requirements:
The Nashville Food Project Mission Statement
Bringing people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city.

Production Garden Assistant Position Summary
The Production Garden Assistant supports organic food production in TNFP gardens. The production garden assistant guides individual volunteers, groups and interns to complete the daily tasks of garden production with the goals of engaging diverse people in urban agriculture and cultivating community in our gardens.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Garden Production
· Working under the Production Garden Manager’s direction, respond to daily needs of the garden, including but not limited to, greenhouse work, soil preparation, compost maintenance, pest management, weeding, watering and harvesting.
· Facilitate volunteer groups; guide and educate volunteers of diverse backgrounds and levels of experience during garden work sessions.
· Assist with the management of greenhouse work for production of seed starts for all gardens as well as for Project GROW, an annual plant sale.
· Maintain infrastructure needs of gardens including equipment storage, irrigation, and seed management.
· Maintain garden tools and equipment in good working order.
· Inform Production Manager in a timely manner of any issues/concerns/problems related to the gardens, garden structures and garden tools.
· Support community garden and market garden programs as needed.
· Guide interns working in the gardens.

Administration
Attend weekly staff meetings and fulfill normal responsibilities related to working in a small office environment.
Participate in strategic planning for growth of the garden program.
Assist in the preparation of monthly garden reports.
Maintain harvest logs and programmatic reporting.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
High school diploma or equivalent, bachelor’s degree or higher preferred.
Background check.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Ability to regularly lift and move at least 40 pounds.
At least one year working on a farm or community garden.
Highly organized, able to work independently and prioritize tasks.
Detail focused, able to follow a garden work plan.
Strong communication skills—written, verbal, and in one-on-one interactions—and comfortable working in/with diverse groups.
Cooperative work ethic and a positive attitude; hard-working, conscientious, communicative and responsible.
PC proficiency including Microsoft Office Suite.
Commitment to anti-hunger work and food justice.

Timeframe: This is a full-time nonexempt hourly position fluctuating with the season. The schedule provides 25 hours/week November – February and 35 hours/week March – October. Weekend and evening hours often required.
Job Type: Full-time

Contact Information and Procedure:
Submit your resume and a cover letter stating what you find compelling about The Nashville Food Project’s work and how your experience will contribute to our team. Information should be submitted to info@thenashvillefoodproject.org no later than Friday, January 26, 2018.
3605 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215