Horticulture Education Coordinator
The Giving Grove is a national 501c3 with a mission to provide healthy calories, strengthen communities, and improve the urban environment through a network of sustainable little orchards. Since our founding in 2017, we have grown our affiliate network – other 501c3s and Extension Schools in the food access and policy sector – to cities from coast to coast. We support these affiliate partners by resourcing, financially supporting, and inviting them into a group of like-minded people sharing best practices.
We are currently seeking a (part-time/contractual) individual with a background in horticulture, specifically specializing in the holistic (organic/biological) care of fruit and nut trees and small fruits. This individual must be comfortable presenting/co-presenting workshops and creating content for the national network. Position can be remote and will require occasional travel, covered by The Giving Grove.
Direct Report: Co-Director
Time Expectations: Up to 20 hours/month
Salary: Negotiable, starting at 45/hr based on background and experience
Expectation of Duties
- Assist with curriculum development for community-facing and affiliate-facing fruit tree care and maintenance workshops on a national level
- Review, edit and submit content for The Giving Grove’s educational website pages and Field Guide
- Assist with updating production estimates of fruits, nuts and berries
- Develop content for quarterly newsletters for affiliate partners based on feedback and interests of affiliate partners
- Present at quarterly meetings and national conferences based on feedback and interests of affiliate partners
- Assist with editing and contributing to an affiliate-centered website
- Respond to national inquiries on fruit tree care and maintenance
- Use expertise to offer advice and guidance to The Giving Grove Staff on horticultural approach, land and food policy
- Additional opportunities to participate in Giving Grove activities as mutually agreed upon
Qualifications and Candidate Preferences
- Educational focus or certification in the horticulture field
- 5+ years of direct experience in caring for fruit/nut trees
- Experience working with and/or ordering from nurseries
- Commitment to biological and organic methods of orchard care
- Understanding of land trusts, conservation easements and land bank policies
- Understanding of issues of equity and access in food policy, land acquisition and greenspace
- Commitment to collaboration
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. To view a pdf of the job description, click here.
Please submit by April 14th. Organization is Kansas City based, but candidate can work remotely from a different state.