Gardens manager position open in New Haven

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By | Category: Jobs

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Position Description

Community Gardens Manager, New Haven Land Trust

Our Mission

The New Haven Land Trust promotes the appreciation and preservation of natural resources in New Haven for the benefit and education of the community. We do this through land conservation, community gardening, and environmental education.

Our Culture

The Land Trust is a small non-profit with limited resources but a strong vision. We harness the strengths of community members, volunteers, employees and our other organizational partnerships in a positive, yet dedicated way. The Land Trust’s approach is one of “can do”, where staff and volunteers are encouraged to be persistent, think outside of the box to confront challenges, and take ownership over the organization’s ongoing projects and mission. If you are someone who doesn’t give up after hearing “no”, who puts all your energy and passion into the projects you implement, and who enjoys working collaboratively with a diverse group of individuals, then you will fit in at the Land Trust.


The New Haven Land Trust seeks a Community Garden Manager to manage the Land Trust’s Community Garden Program. We are seeking an individual with strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills, knowledge of gardening and a passion for community and environment, who can both handle the logistical challenges of managing the fifty community gardens operated by the Land Trust and maintain positive relationships with community members from all around New Haven.

Work Commitment

The Garden Manager will work 24 hours per week and will report directly to the Executive Director.



Primary responsibilities of the Garden Manager will be:

Outreach and communications: Serve as the primary contact for all garden-related matters and assist with the Land Trust’s outreach to increase the level of active participation in our gardens and provide support for existing and new gardens. In some cases, leading information sessions at neighborhood meetings or local events will be required of the job. In addition to communication with the public, the Garden Manager will be required to collaborate with partner organizations in New Haven.

Garden logistics and budget: Handle all garden-related logistics including facilitating infrastructure improvements, soil deliveries, water access issues, vendor relationships, garden budgeting and purchasing. This includes both handling the ongoing demands and needs of the gardens, and forecasting future requirements and visioning of how to improve the delivery of gardening support services in the future.

Education: Serve as an educational resource for gardeners in one-on-one and group settings by providing expertise and support.

Garden volunteer coordinator: Manage volunteer days in gardens and the logistics leading up to these days.

Liaison and representative: Assist with coordination, attend and in some cases lead various stakeholder meetings such as our monthly Garden Coordinator meeting and Food Policy-council meetings related to urban gardening.

Data management: Manage all data relevant to the Land Trust gardens including gardener contact information, garden infrastructure needs, gardener surveys, soil delivery and other shipments to gardens, soil quality and testing in gardens and grant-related accounting.

Grant writing and reporting: Assist office staff with grant writing and reporting related to the Community Garden Program.

Responsibilities will vary with specific tasks assigned as needed and to address the changing needs of the organization.

Ideal Skills and Qualities

The Garden Manager must demonstrate the following skills, experience, and expertise:

Strong organizational and skills

Candidates must be highly reliable with a keen sense of responsibility. They must bring a can-do attitude to their work, with a creative approach to solving problems. They must have an ability to manage a large amount of information required of an organization handling the needs of 50 different community gardens. This includes an ability to multi-task and work well under pressure.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills

This includes oral and writing skills and an ability to relate to and communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and styles. Experience running meetings, giving presentations and resolving conflict is desired. Ability in Spanish language is a plus.

Expertise in gardening

Demonstrated experience and strong knowledge of gardening. Ideal candidates will have experience in various farm and garden settings including experience teaching others about agriculture. Master Gardener is a plus.

Excellent project management skills

Proven track record in setting project objectives and timelines and managing tasks against a project plan. Ability to manage multiple project components and make adjustments in response to changing conditions.

Knowledge of New Haven

Knowledge of New Haven’s diverse neighborhoods and in particular New Haven’s food system and environmental arena is highly desired.

Passion for environmental and food system issues is required.

Please send cover letter and resume by August 1, 2014 to justin.elicker@ Please include “Garden Manager” in the subject line.

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