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The Garden Production/Site Assistant manages the Gary Comer Youth Center and Make Miracles Grow Foundation (MMGF) gardens to support a full range of educational activities. The key garden site is a 1.75-acre organic site with a fruit orchard, perennial plant production beds, unheated year-round hoop house, and over 5,000 square feet of vegetable beds. This is a full time position.
The Make Miracles Grow Foundation (MMGF), founded in 2010, is dedicated to urban agriculture and youth education on Chicago’s South Side to serve as a model for sustainable urban farming methods and youth career and education development.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
- Perform maintenance work at the various sites. Maintenance duties include small construction projects, fencing, soil preparation, and other farm related tasks.
- Prepare sites for youth programming instructional use.
- Assist instructors to use garden sites for outdoor classes.
- Manage a schedule of tasks and crew of young adults (ages 16-21) to include planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, packaging and distribution of produce and other related goods and services.
- Plant and maintain vegetables, perennials and/or fruits as assigned and as directed in the Garden Manager’s crop plan.
- Manage site tasks including tool and machinery use and maintenance, deliveries and site development.
- Maintain records, inventory and prepare reports relative to the work.
- Assist in other facilities/grounds work in off-peak season.
- Provide oversight of staff during on-site sales and potential farmers market days.
Education and Qualifications:
- Minimum of Two (2) years demonstrated experience with growing, harvesting, packaging, and selling vegetables. Experience with perennials and/or fruit trees welcome.
- Bachelor’s (BA or BS) degree preferred, degree in agriculture, horticulture, plant science and/or field directly related to sustainable agriculture or social enterprise preferred.
- Knowledge of youth development and programming principles preferred.
- Experience working with young people or volunteer groups as it relates to physical work projects and management.
- Reliable self-starter, with good communication skills and ability to prioritize tasks, follow-through and meet deadlines.
- Illinois Driver’s License.
- Ability and willingness to work early mornings, evenings and weekends.
- Ability to lift 50 lbs.
- Typical physical demands require full body movement, physical strength and stamina sufficient to regularly utilize tools, equipment and manage physical tasks.
- Demonstrated combination of problem solving, social skills and verbal and written communication.
- Thorough and attentive to details.
- Must demonstrate cultural competency, dedication to working with youth, families and community members in our care.
$12-$15 per hour, dependent on qualifications and experience.
Please submit a cover letter, resume and references:
via e-mail (preferred):
Andy Rozendaal at firstname.lastname@example.org
via US mail:
c/o Gary Comer Youth Center
7200 S Ingleside Ave
Chicago, IL 60619