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Southeast Hiring Temporary Learning Garden Coordinator

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Position Title: PCC Southeast Campus Learning Garden Coordinator (Temporary)

Position Summary:

Portland Community College – Southeast Campus is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team in a temporary part-time capacity, and play a crucial role in the development of the Campus’s new learning garden. With direction from the Learning Garden Advisory Committee, the Learning Garden Coordinator will facilitate completion of Phase Two of the overall Learning Garden project and be responsible for promoting and guiding volunteers, faculty and staff in educational activities related to the garden.

The Learning Garden Coordinator will oversee the day-to-day development of the learning garden, including recruiting and supervising volunteers during work parties, coordinating efforts with the college community and working with vendors to complete Phase Two of the Master Plan. The Coordinator will also build connections with faculty and staff to integrate the garden into classroom activities, programs, and events at PCC Southeast and organize volunteer and service learning programs for the Learning Garden.

Essential Functions (to include, but not limited to):

  • Lead implementation of the Learning Garden master plan in conjunction with college stakeholders.
  • Complete day-to-day Learning Garden activities, including small construction projects, digging, planting, weeding, harvesting, etc.
  • Arrange work with outside vendors as necessary.
  • Coordinate deliveries, donations and purchases for the Learning Garden.
  • Recruit volunteers and coordinate volunteer work parties.
  • Design and create outreach materials to market and publicize Learning Garden events and initiatives.
  • Work with faculty and staff to integrate the garden into classroom activities, programs, and events at PCC Southeast.
  • Maintain necessary paperwork and adhere to all college policies & procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Hands-on experience growing food in medium-scale garden environment.
  • Experience in project or program coordination.
  • Strong organizational skills, both in the office and outside.
  • Experience with social media, e.g. website and Facebook and basic computer skills.
  • Ability to serve independently and collaboratively with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability and willingness to communicate in a positive, professional manner with a wide range of stakeholders, including students, staff, and college organizations.
  • Ability to serve in all types of weather, ability to dig, kneel, and lift 50 pounds.
  • A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a diverse team.
  • 18 years of age or older, at beginning of service term.
  • U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
  • Background in sustainability, food systems, environmental studies or related field.
  • Experience developing a garden from inception.
  • Experience working at a garden in a school environment.

Position Details:

  • The pay rate is $15/hr.
  • This is a part-time, casual position with a maximum workload of 599 hours through June, 2017.
  • Hours will vary and some evening/weekend work may be required.

TO APPLY: Please send your resume and a cover letter briefly explaining your interest and qualifications for the position to Al McQuarters at alfred.mcquarters@pcc.edu. Application materials will be accepted until the position is filled. For best consideration please apply by August 22, 2016.

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