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Urban Agriculture Coordinator - Full Time

 

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

 

Mission: Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) provides affordable housing and services for low-income people in the Tenderloin and throughout San Francisco, to promote equitable access to opportunity and resources.

 

Established in 1981, TNDC has grown to employ more than 400 staff, to develop, own, manage and provide supportive services in 41 properties that offer deeply affordable housing for nearly 4,700 tenants, and to expand its work in community organizing and afterschool programming. TNDC is viewed as a trusted and well-organized community ally locally and a practice leader nationally. In San Francisco, TNDC envisions diverse communities where people with low incomes can fulfill their potential and meet their basic needs. In the Tenderloin, TNDC stands as a catalyst for advancing community interests and a force for expanding the choices that enhance livability, such as housing, employment, education, food, cultural activities, and open spaces.

 

TNDC values are: Integrity, Excellence, Diversity, Collaboration and Equity

 

SUMMARY

 

Under the direct supervision of the Urban Agriculture Supervisor, the Urban Agriculture Coordinator is responsible for the regular maintenance of assigned TNDC gardens. Coordinating community volunteers, outreaching and interacting with the tenants and the communities.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

 

Regularly scheduled staffing of assigned gardens (40%)  

·         Responsible for hosting garden open hours

·         Maintain watchful presence over assigned gardens, ensure tools are locked and stored properly, prioritize safety and risk management, and upkeep garden cleanliness

·         Interact with and involve interested tenants and community members by following the values and frameworks of cultural humility

·         Explain volunteer agreement, assign and demonstrate garden tasks, and supervise volunteer experience

·         Facilitate on-site special garden activities or events

 

Garden maintenance work (40%)

·         Perform routine garden maintenance work including watering the garden plots, picking weeds, planting seeds or transferring seedlings, tilling the soil, composting, pest management, and other general garden maintenance work as required in addition to open garden hours. (Some heavy lifting required.)

·         Participate in garden development, crop planning, and infrastructure development

·         Other duties as assigned

 

Administrative Duties (10%)

·         Outreach and volunteer coordination for all assigned gardens

·         Track harvest yield, participation and activities on CIRCE Salesforce database

 

Outreaching to the Community/Tenants (10%)

·         Develop and distribute fliers announcing garden open hours, harvest days and special activities

·         Outreach at related community events or meetings to promote tenant and community participation in assigned gardens

·         Build relationships and connect with internal and external partners in the organization and in the field while representing TNDC, Tenant & Community Services Department, Health & Wellness Program

 

REQUIRED SKILLS

 

·         Demonstrated community building skills

·         Demonstrated people skills

·         Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with staff and community members from diverse cultural backgrounds

·         Demonstrated ability to work independently

·         Ability to do physical labor and lift up to 75 lbs

·         Demonstrated time management skills

·         Demonstrated ability to perform administrative duties

·         Demonstrated ability to perform basic farming duties including but not limited to pest management strategies, seed starting and transplanting, irrigation repair, crop planning, soil health

 

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

·         High School Degree or GED

·         2 years’ experience in community garden maintenance

  • Or AA degree in Horticulture, Sustainable Agriculture or related field + 1 year experience with garden maintenance
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office computer program

 

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

·         2- years Bay Area farming and/or gardening experience

·         Bilingual and Bi-literate in English and at least one of the following languages:  Mandarin/Cantonese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog

·         Familiarity with the Tenderloin neighborhood

·         Knowledge of how urban agriculture plays a role in food justice work