Theideal Community Garden Coordinator for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank understandsand is passionate about the organization’s mission to provide nutritious foodand grocery product to those in need in our 16-county service area. Thisindividual will be a vital component of the Impact team in sourcing over 7 millionpounds of food annually. As the CommunityGarden Coordinator, this team member must demonstrate implementation skills inorder to optimize organic gardening practices that support the Northeast IowaFood Bank’s strategic plan. The ability to work in a fast-paced and progressiveenvironment will be the key to success in this role, as the Northeast Iowa FoodBank continually strives to work towards closing the Meal Gap in northeast Iowa.
Thisindividual will possess strong interpersonal skills, a strong sense ofinitiative and the ability to engage volunteers and staff. A passion for socialjustice and compassion for others are keys to being a staff member at theNortheast Iowa Food Bank. At theNortheast Iowa Food Bank, we strive to work as a unified team to close the mealgap in northeast Iowa, to this end the Community Garden Coordinator will needto be capable of encouraging teamwork, as well as being a self-starter. Inaddition, a strong work ethic, positive role model, motivator and supporterwill enhance the work environment for Impact team members and volunteers.
The Community GardenCoordinator manages all aspects of our community garden, cultivating organicvegetables, herbs, flowers, and perennials on our ¼- acre site. In addition tooverseeing all garden activities, this candidate will coordinate volunteerhours and service days, organize community workshops and demonstrations, assistwith all community events, and interface with partner organizations.
The responsibilities of the Community Garden Coordinator include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Oversee soil cultivation, weeding, pruning, watering, mulching, composting, cover cropping, and harvesting.
· Manage farm tools and equipment and keep site clean and organized.
· Manage garden volunteers and summer youth; and collaborate with master gardeners.
· Leading bi-weekly meetings with master gardeners, holding them accountable and checking in on tasks that need to be done.
· Engage volunteers in basic garden tasks and interacting with on-site visitors.
· Lead open-garden volunteer days.
· Cultivate and maintain key community partnerships pertaining to the garden.
· Collaborate with engagement staff and contribute to outreach, newsletter, and community vision.
· Capable in utilizing a garden software that tracks the journey of NEIFB garden.
· Maintain proper records of harvested product as well as, food safety requirements in accordance with Feeding America and AIB standards.
· In instances of a federal, state or locally declared emergency, NEIFB is typically considered an essential service and emergency responder; all of its employees may be called in to perform regular or emergent duties.
· One-year farm, garden, or horticulture experience.
· Self-directed and able to complete projects independently and without supervision.
· Comfortable managing a garden team, and interested in a role with growing responsibility.
· Interested or have experience with community outreach and/or programming preferred.
· Comfortable with manual labor outdoors,and have physical ability to lift up to 40-lbs.
· Comfortable engaging with children, school groups, seniors, and corporate volunteers.
· Ability to perform physical labor as necessary (stand/walk/move for long periods of time, lift up to 50 pounds, work with warehouse equipment)
· Ability to work independently and with staff to achieve objectives
· Strong oral and written communication skills
· Ability to speak comfortably in front of others about the Food Bank’s mission
· Culturally competent, ability to work with diverse groups and individuals
· Ability to be certified in ServSafe Food Handling
· Must pass a criminal background check
· Valid driver’s license, safe driving record, current vehicle insurance.
· Experience with volunteer engagement
· Experience with non-profit organizations
· Experience with warehouse equipment
· Food Safety and Handling experience
Why work for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank?
· The NEIFB culture is mission driven, fun, and collaborative.
· The NEIFB is progressive and innovative in the non-profit field.
· The NEIFB provides opportunity for training and growth across many levels.
· The NEIFB is highly respected and supported by the community.
· The NEIFB displays strong leadership with short, mid, and long term goals.
· Management values the ideas and opinions of all team members.
· “An engaging and diverse mix of experiences, ages, and talents within the employee base.” – NEIFB employee
· “A very friendly work atmosphere.” – NEIFB employee
Northeast Iowa Food Bank hereby affirms it is an equal opportunity employer, offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender expression or identity, pregnancy, leave status, genetic information or age and provides Equal Employment Opportunity to handicapped individuals, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. Further, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank is an equal opportunity provider.
NEIFB Bank Core Values – A.C.C.E.S.S. NEIFB Core Focus
§ Attitude of Helpfulness Our Purpose:
§ Confidently Humble Collaborate + Educate +Advocate = Feed the Food Insecure
§ Clear Communication
§ Empathetic to the Community Our Niche:
§ Solution Centered Every Meal. Every Day. Everyone.
§ Striving for Excellence
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